Stepping Stones Block ~ Free PDF Pattern from Fat Quarterly

on May 10 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 16 Comments

Tacha Bruecher from Fat Quarterly is here today to share her Stepping Stones Block as a free PDF pattern. Tacha is one of the four talented, founding sewists behind Fat Quarterly, the e-zine (electronic magazine) “for modern sewists, by modern sewists.” The Fat Quarterly team joined us during Digital Delivery Sewing Month, with their Guest Fat Quarter Packs. (There are still two Evening Breeze fat quarter packs available!) They also shared the beautiful ‘Fit for a Princess!’ Picnic Quilt tutorial.

We have issues of Fat Quarterly available for purchase in the shop. Each issue is full of original patterns and project ideas, articles and interviews.

Tacha’s pattern gives you a 20″ square block, with an 8 1/2″ center square to show off favorite prints. Tacha tells you how to make the block into a pillow in her PDF pattern, or you could also make a number of blocks into a really fabulous quilt. Download your free Stepping Stones Block PDF Pattern today!

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16 Responses to Stepping Stones Block ~ Free PDF Pattern from Fat Quarterly

  1. Tacha says:

    Thanks Tiffany.

    Yes you will need a fat quarter of white solid.

    The strips should measure 2 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ not 3 1/2″ x 20 1/2″.

    Sorry for the confusion.

  2. Tiffany says:

    There are a few issues with the instructions:

    In the “what you will need” section:

    You don’t mention the scarf print, but in the cutting section immediately following you say to cut 2 squares from the scarf print

    You ask for a fat eighth of white – 9 x 22
    Then you ask for all of this in the next cutting section, which is way too much for just a fat eighth:
    16 squares 2 1/2“
    4 squares 2 7/8“ cut in half diagonally
    2 strips 2 1/2“ x 16 1/2“
    2 strips 3 1/2“ x 20 1/2“

    Also, in the cutting section you ask for this:

    2 strips 2 1/2“ x 16 1/2“
    2 strips 3 1/2“ x 20 1/2“

    Then in the directions it says:

    6. Sew the white 2 1/2” x 16 1/2” strips to the
    sides of the block.
    7. Sew the white 2 1/2” x 20 1/2” strips to the
    top and the bottom of the block.

    … so the 3.5 x 20.5 strip turns into a 2.5 x 20.5 strip later on?

    Love this pillow, just a bit confusing with the errors in what is needed and what we should be cutting, which is rather important.

    Excited to make this! Thanks for sharing, hope my tips helped.

  3. Shelby D, says:

    So very pretty and thank you for sharing the tutoil on it.

  4. Margaret says:

    Thats a very pretty pillow! Thanks for showing it!

  5. Margaret says:

    Thats a very pretty pillow! Thanks for showing it.

  6. Tacha says:

    Thanks everyone for the pillow love!

    Connie: No mistake. Sew along the diagonal line to make the flying geese. When the 2 squares are sewn in place either side of the rectangle they overlap to create the seam allowance for the point. Does that make sense? Probably the easiest way to understand it is by trying it out. I promise you the seam allowance will be there 🙂 Let me know if you have any other questions.

  7. I like it!!!

  8. wendy says:

    Super cute!

  9. Susan Jonsson says:

    I now have a favorite pillow pattern! So perfect for gifts….I have so many pretty bundles of fabric that are lined up waiting to become your pillow design. Hope I am talented enough to make them as beautifully as you did ! So generous of you to share. Thank you.


  10. Gidget says:

    What a cute pillow! Thank you!

  11. Lisa says:

    Cute cute block! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Jennifer says:

    So really cute. I love the colors.

  13. Connie says:

    I think there is an error in the first diagram. Shouldn’t the seam be sewn 1/4 inch on the inside of the diagonal line? As illustrated, I don’t think you would end up with the proper seam allowance for the point. “Sew along the diagonal” is unclear… that sounds like the seam should be on the line, but shouldn’t the seam be 1/4 inch away from the line?


  14. thank you!

  15. Love this pillow! I want to make one for a friend, but I’m afraid I’ll want to keep it 🙂 Looks like two are in the works, now…lol

  16. angelina says:

    how awesome is that. x

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