Extra, Extra-Read All About It!

Hey…the news you’ll be wanting to hear is that Kelli and I hit the news stands with a new quilt design.  It’s in this issue of American Patchwork and Quilting that is hitting the news stands now.  The official date was June 7th.  Last week I got a note from our blog reader (and friend Anne) saying that she had gotten an issue already so maybe you have too.

Sadly, no cover quilt for us this time…you’ll have to peek inside to see our quilt.


Here’s our quilt.

I think they’re calling the quilt Stair Steps.

What do you think?


This quilt was all my baby.  I designed and sewed this one….of course Kelli chimed in on advice and support but it was mostly my baby….and I love it.  I had so much fun sewing this one.  My heart is in the traditional…and this one is traditional, at least in the colors that I chose.  Of course it could easily have a change up in colors or be sewn in brights as the design lends itself to work either way.

This all started with some “what if” questions on my part…that and a bag of red and neutral colored bonus triangles.  I started with about 250 of them thinking that was a lot of triangles….boy was I surprised when I need MANY more.

That’s when I ran into a problem.  The red that I originally used for the triangles was gone, all used up.  I was having trouble matching it.  That’s when I asked myself does it really matter if the reds don’t match EXACTLY??  The answer in my head was no…as long as the reds were dispersed in the blocks and the blocks were dispersed too.

This was a great way to use up LOTS of 1 1/2″ strips…lots and lots!

I had a blast making this one….I can’t wait until it’s home again and I can finally enjoy it.

Grab yourself a copy and start sewing…My best advice for getting through all those triangles, turn on a good audio book and sew away!

Photos used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2016 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

26 thoughts on “Extra, Extra-Read All About It!”

  1. LaceFaerie – I think there are 1760 half square triangles. If I counted right the quilt is 20 blocks across and 22 down, that’s 440 blocks. With 4 hst’s per block.

  2. What a daunting quilt! While it is lovely, if I make it, I will have to up the sizes of the units to 2″ or 2 1/2″ . But it is tempting. I’ll definitely try it out in EQ7 to see how it looks bigger. (My basic unit is 2 1/2″.)

  3. Beautiful quilt! That’s a lot of pieces and I love the colors throughout. Congrats on being published once again!

  4. Pat C in Washingon

    LOVE this pattern. You’re right, the reds don’t have to match. I don’t save the whole magazine – I just tear out the patterns I like and save them in protectives sleeves. This is the ONE pattern I saved out of the magazine.

  5. Congratulations! I love this quilt! Whenever a new magazine comes I just page through and look at all the quilts. This one immediately caught my eye. Then I looked to see the designer……Jo Kramer! Of course I loved it! The colors are perfect. I’m thinking about all my “bonus” triangles and wondering if I can make them work here! This is one I have to make.

  6. Jo I love this one!!! To me it looks like a quilt truly from your heart scrappy with a pop of your favorite red.

  7. I got mine last week too, but noticed you had not blogged about it, so i didn’t want to congratulate you on how beautiful it was! I too loved the addition of the half square triangles-but not sure if I’d have the perseverance to hang in there. It is a stunner anyway!

  8. I got three new quilt magazines in the mail this week. Your quilt was the only one that stopped me from quickly flipping on to the next page. I had to stop and read the pattern before I could move on to the next one. I was so happy to see that it was your design. It’s a great quilt and I look forward to making it.

  9. Jo – I’ve started cutting out the red strips for the HST blocks. I’m copying you and using at least 4 different red solids. I’ll be leader/endering the blocks at least to start. I know I’m going to love this quilt! Thanks for a great pattern!

  10. I saw that in the magazine, liked it, but didn’t pay attention to who the designer was. I also thought that if I ever made it I might use wider strips & larger HSTs, but that’s just me. :) Congrats on a great design!

  11. Received my magazine copy in mail earlier this wk! Was surprised & excited to discover your quilt “inside” & I did think it should be on the cover Jo! It’s my kind of quilt ~ traditional design & prints/colors! Love the colors, especially the reds!

  12. Lol, I just saw this issue yesterday and immediately noticed this was your design and of course fell in love with it! Then thought “gee I don’t remember seeing her mention on the blog she was making a scrappy quilt for publication” and now here’s that post! This one is definitely going on the Scrappy To Do list!!!!

  13. Wow your quilt is such a stunner! This is totally my type of quilt. I want to focus on using scraps and this looks perfect. Congrats on being published again!!

  14. I like the dark-medium-light gradation of values in each block, with the lightest value next to the HSTs. And the few that don’t follow that rule, to keep things interesting. This would also make a nice Quilt of Valor or Wounded Warrior quilt, if done with blues and neutrals for the strips.

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