Stairway to Heaven Quilt

Hello! This is Jera from and I’m excited to be sharing another tutorial with Moda Bake Shop! This is a super simple quilt that’s great for a beginner or anyone that wants a fast and fun project, as this pattern uses a quick cutting shortcut shown below. Your quilt will be done in no time!

Before I begin, here are some pretty pictures of the quilt top with my child and furry children. 🙂 Come visit us over at my blog, facebook , or instagram to see what my latest quilting endeavors are, including my new book Quilt-as-you-Go Made Modern! =)

Also, I was only able to get this quilt top done in time for this blog post so check back to see the finished quilt.  Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy!



This makes a ~72″x60″ quilt.

  • 1 Layer Cake (you will need 25 of the 42 squares)
  • *1 Jelly Roll (you will only need 15 of the 42 strips)
  •  1 1/8 yard of solid
  • 1/2 yard binding
  •  3 1/2 yards backing

*Alternatively, you can cut your own strips from five different 1/4 yard cuts (cut three 2.5″ strips along the WOF from each quarter yard for a total of 15 strips)

Before you begin, please note that “assemble” refers to sewing the pieces together (with right sides facing together, sew a 1/4″ SA and then press open with an iron.

Step 1: Cut the 1 1/8 yard solid fabric into sixteen 2.5″ strips along the WOF.

Step 2: Divide your layer cake into 4 piles of similar colors: color 1, color 2, color 3 and color 4. From color 1, choose 7 squares.

From color 2, choose 7 squares.

From color 3, choose 4 squares.

From color 4, choose 7 squares.

Step 3: Using fabric scissors, trim a jelly roll strip to the same length as the layer cake (I simply aligned the strip to the layer cake and then trimmed). Assemble two strips to the left and right sides as shown below. Note: these strips can be any color/design you want.

Then, assemble a solid strip to the top and bottom. Simply trim the strip to size using fabric scissors as described above.

Repeat the above for all 25 of your layer cake squares, for a total of 25 blocks:

Step 4: Next, use a rotary cutter to quarter all of your blocks. This will give you a total of 100 7″x7″ blocks.

Step 5: Arrange your blocks as shown below. It helps to start by laying out the top row first, then the first block in each row, and then fill the rest in from there.

Start by assembling the blocks within each row together. Then, assemble the rows together.
Tip: Press the seams in each row in alternating directions so that when you assemble the rows, the seams will nest at the intersections.
Step 6: To prepare the backing fabric, cut the 3 1/2 yards in half to yield two 63″ x WOF rectangles. Assemble the rectangles along the 63″ side to create the backing fabric. Baste, and then quilt. From your 1/2 yard of binding fabric, cut seven 2.5″ strips then follow my simple Binding Tutorial.
 This makes a ~72″x60″ quilt.
And that’s all there is to it! Hop on over at, on Facebook and/or on Instagram to see my latest quilting project! Thank you for checking out my tutorial and happy quilting! 🙂

Jera Brandvig