Step Down Patchwork Piecing

step down piecing
step down piecing

Happy October!
This was a fun project I’ve been working on, in those spare moments when my hands were idle but time was limited. A mini-quilt (17 1/2″ x 21), done in step-down piecing, a fun patchwork technique to learn. It is clearly explained in Sarah Fielke’s book Quilting From Little Things… As the name implies, there isn’t really any way to piece this pattern straight across or straight up and down, so you “step down” piece by leaving a seam half sewn until you fit the next piece in. Sarah explains it much better than that. A fun project if you enjoy any kind of puzzles (and I do). I hand quilted the X’s with various colors of perle cotton.
The larger squares came from a charm pack of Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee line, I love the light and dark contrasts in this line. The smaller squares are from Carolyn Friedlander’s Architextures line.
As I was working on this, I have-jokingly referred to it as “the state of my desk”.
Actually that’s not really a joke at all.
Please notice my razor sharp binding corners…
step down piecing

  • Erin | house on hill road

    October 1, 2013 at 5:43 am

    cute! i love the way these fabrics look with the architextures. the contrast is great!

  • Jennifer

    October 1, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I am taking a very close look at your binding corners after having sewn my first ones last night, which were not so neat, but getting there!

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