The Endless Stairs quilt block is a four-patch quilt pattern. It can be made with 2, 3 or 4 fabrics. It is sometimes referred to as London Stairs or Winding Stairway.
Michael Miller sent me fabrics to make this baby quilt. I really enjoyed working with the Michael Miller Cotton Couture Solid fabrics. They are 100% high density cotton and come in 234 colors from the full spectrum of the color wheel. Their silky soft touch makes them perfect for quilting and any other project you can dream up.
The blocks go together super quick if you cut strips and sew together and then cut into the blocks for the four patch. This part was easy! I will admit, sewing the blocks together in the quilt requires paying attention. It’s easy to turn a single block the wrong direction – and then the stairs don’t line up. Don’t ask how many times I had to ‘un-sew’ a seam in putting the final quilt top together! 🙂
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Put the quilt square together and you see how the endless stairs show up in the design! This is a simple pattern that ends up looking like a very complex design. It can be made from fabric scraps – the key is to use two different values of fabrics – darks and lights.
Tips for making a quilt with the endless stair quilt block
Cut out as many strips of fabric as you will need. To calculate the number of strips, start by figuring out how big you want your finished quilt. Do you want a border? If so, subtract that measurement from the finished size. (Remember that you’ll have two borders for each dimension – one on each side of the quilt. Subtract border times two.)
Then, determine how many ‘stairs’ you want across and vertically on your quilt. Divide the height and width that you determined above by the number of stairs. Here are some basic calculations to get you started:
To make the quilt, sew strips right sides together on a long edge. To make it quicker, sew them ‘chain style’, which is to sew them one after another, with just a stitch or two between each set of strips.
Here is my stack behind my machine of sewn together strips.
Press the seams. Then, cut each strip into smaller squares. Cut them the same length as the width of the strip set – we are making squares!
Next, sew two squares together, one perpendicular to the other.
Then sew the blocks together as outlined above for your quilt top. Here are my blocks done, sewn in rows and ready to sew the rows together to make the quilt.
The finished quilt in the nursery ready to keep baby warm!
A similar quilt block to Endless Stairs quilt block, but using a nine-patch format, is the Virginia Worm quilt block.