The Diagonal Steps Quilting Block
Here is a very easy and frugal scrappy quilt block made from nothing but squares. As you can see from the picture above, the squares run diagonally up from the bottom left to the top right, giving a climbing stair affect.
You have to be mindful of value in this block, or you will not see the way the blocks make the diagonal line.
Just cut your squares (or strips if you are strip piecing) at 2 1/2 inches raw. Lay them out as shown, sew and press.
- The Irish Chain is a 9-patch, and has strong diagonal lines running in two directions.
- The Diagonal Steps is a 5-patch, and only has a strong diagonal line in one direction.
- The Diagonal Squares is a 4-patch, has a mixture of large and small squares, with strong diagonal lines in two directions.
Notice also how the 4-patch blocks could be used side-by-side. You would have to use sashing strips if you wanted to place the 5-patch next to either of the other blocks.
Here is how the Diagonal Steps Block looks when placed with other similar blocks. Never be afraid to make a quilt using simple blocks. Some of the most beautiful quilts I've ever seen are constructed with nothing but squares. It is the fabric and the repetition of the pattern that is so beautiful.