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Simple Steps

Create a striking stair-step effect by placing the dark half of each triangle-square in the bottom-left position. Adding borders prevents the viewer’s eye from going up the “stairs” and off the quilt. Fabrics are from the Arabella collection by Blank Quilting.


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Inspired by Simply Brilliant from designer Becky Cogan for Need’l Love

Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke



•    3⁄8 yard white print (blocks)

•    3⁄4 yard total assorted black, red, and gray prints (blocks)

•    1⁄2 yard gray wave print (blocks)

•    1⁄4 yard red print (inner border)

•    1⁄2 yard black print (outer border)

•    3⁄8 yard binding fabric

•    2-1⁄2 yards backing fabric

•    44" square batting


Finished quilt: 35-1⁄2" square

Finished block: 9" square


Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width.

Measurements include 1⁄4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Press seams in directions indicated by arrows on diagrams. If no direction is specified, press seam toward darker fabric.