This design was originally
slated to appear in "Stack-n-Whackier Quilts," but
had to be cut for space reasons. We didn't realize until later
in the layout process that the sample chart on Page 12 is the
chart for this design! So it's sort of a "secret bonus project."
The block piecing is the same as for "Secret Stairways."
It is a nice variation on "Secret Stairways" and an
easier layout to alter for different numbers of blocks. For the
benefit of my workshop students and readers, I am posting the
information here that was cut from the book.
Skill Level: Easy
Finished Quilt Top: 49 1/4" x 61 3/4"
Finished Block Size: 6 1/4"
Fabric Requirements (in yards):
Main Fabric: same as for "Secret
Stairways" (pg. 19)
Accent Fabrics: 1/2 yd. each
of 4 colors for the size shown.
Inner Border: 1/4 yd.
Outer Border: 5/8 (pieced) or
1 7/8 (seamless)
Backing (pieced): 3
Binding- cut 2 1/2" strips
|Cutting Main Fabric A: Follow the
"Sample Stack-n-Whack Chart" on page 12. You will need
67 block kits for the size shown in the sample. You will probably
be able to cut extras.
|Cutting Accent Fabric Triangles: From each
fabric, cut (4) 4" strips across the width. Cut strips into
(32) 4" squares (10 per strip); cut each square once on
the diagonal to make (64) half-square triangles of each fabric.
Piecing the Blocks: Piece the square block units as directed
on pages 20-21. Make 59 squares.
Piecing the Half-Block Units: From each
of the remaining 8 block kits, sew together one pair of triangles.
To four of the units, add B and E triangles. To the remaining
four units, add C and D triangles. You can see these half-block
units on the left and rights ends of the assembly diagram below,
in the second row from the top and each alternate row.
Assembling the Quilt
Arrange the blocks according
to the quilt assembly diagram. To create the illusion of cubes,
the blocks are staggered one half-block in alternate rows, with
half-blocks filling in the sides. Rotate the blocks in alternating
rows, so that the "B" triangle in the squares shifts
from the upper left corner in the first row, to the lower right
corner in the second row, then back to the upper left corner,
and so on.
Sew the vertical seams in each row, then sew the horizontal rows
Adding the Borders
The borders have butted corners.
From the inner border fabric, cut (5) 1 1/4" strips across
width, or (4) 1 1/4" x 58" lengthwise strips. For borders
cut across the width, piece the strips together into one long
strip. Measure the quilt top down the center and cut two borders
this length. Sew the borders to the long sides. Measure across
the width in the center of the quilt, including borders, and
cut two borders this length. Sew them to the top and bottom.
From the outer border fabric, cut (6) 2 1/2" strips across
width, or (4) 2 1/2" x 59" lengthwise strips. Measure,
cut and sew the outer borders in the same fashion.
Bethany S. Reynolds
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