Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Endless Stairs--Free Pattern
When it's winter, I can't help but think about utility quilts, made from clothing scraps to keep families warm. I have the wool quilt I made last year on our bed again, and am darn glad of it. We had a few heavy quilts on our beds when I was a child, and if it was really cold, there was a scratchy green wool army blanket to go on top. And that's with central heating!
This quilt is a very easy pattern, made from scraps, that would be good for charity projects. It would also work well for Quilts of Honor, if made in red, white, and blue.
A friend (hi, Debbie!) gave me a whole box of scraps, mostly plaids left over from a quilt she made for her son. When I was taming down the scraps, I decided to make a simple quilt with them, and Endless Stairs was the result. It's an old pattern, no. 1110 in the Barbara Brackman encyclopedia. It's also called London Stairs or Winding Stairway.
Here's how to make it:
For each block, cut one 3.5 in. x 6.5 in plaid rectangle and one 3.5 in. x 6.5 in print rectangle. Sew together on the long edges. The sections finish 6 in. square.
How easy is that? My quilt has 120 of these blocks--10 across and 12 down. It makes a slightly small twin quilt.
I'm not planning on adding a border. I want those stairs to just step right off the quilt.