Thursday, July 16, 2015

Stepping Stones Block from Elizabeth

I finished the Stepping Stones block for Susan (July's block) and am happy to be able to contribute to her upcoming Christmas celebrations!

I love red and white, but I don't love that some red fabrics bleed and bleed and bleed, no matter how many times you wash them.
This is third wash.  I added one of those Color Catchers to the next wash and it grabbed up whatever excess color was floating around.  I've heard that these also "set" dye, which I'm hoping for, for Susan's sake.  I'd previously washed the red fabric I was working with, but decided to test it again.  I then whacked off a swath of 5" to work with on her block, washing it and rinsing it several times.  I include this just as a cautionary note to check your reds.

Having been warned by Susan about piecing those center arrows, I did get those correct, but then made the stepping stones corners all the same.  I just didn't pay enough attention to the illustrations on the tutorial, but I fixed it and it here is. 

A grouping of these will make a splendid table runner!


  1. Thank you Elizabeth for taking all the trouble to get rid of that pesky dye! I guess I will be washing my blocks separately when they arrive to ensure all the future construction and hand quilting is not spoilt by those resistant reds! I love the fabric you have chosen too- such a pretty print! Thank you!

  2. This is wonderful! I just put mine together but am concerned about the finished size. Mine came out to just about 10" square. I then read the finished size is 10.5" . I used my 1/4 inch foot. Anyone else have the finished size a bit small? Love the block!

  3. Sorry...finished size 10" -unfinished 10.5". I think I will do again with a small seam allowance.