How to Sew a Courthouse Steps Quilt Block

Posted by Elaine Huff on

The Courthouse Steps quilt block is similar to sew as the Log Cabin block. It is a bit easier because you can add 2 strips to the block center before having to press and square up the block.

I have cut my strips at 2″ wide which will give me a finished block size of 10.5″ square. Here are the size strips you will need.

Fabric Requirements for a 10.5" Finished Courthouse Steps Quilt Block:

  • Yellow: 2 – 2″ squares, 2 – 5″ x 2″ strips, 2 – 8″ x 2″ strips
  • Black: 1 – 2″ square
  • Green: 2 – 5″ x 2″ rectangles
  • Blue: 2 – 8″ x 2″ rectangles
  • Black Print: 2 – 11″ x 2″ rectangles

Sewing Directions:

Step 1:

In the photo below you can see the layout of the strips and the center 3 squares have been sewn together. Press the seam allowances toward the outside of the block for all steps in the construction of this block.

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Step 2:

Sew the 2 green 5″ x 2″ rectangles to both of the long sides of the center unit. Press seam allowances.

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Step 3:

Continue sewing strips to the center unit in an alternating manner, pressing, and squaring up center unit if necessary.

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In Conclusion:

So it’s kind of important to get the layout right in the beginning. Here you can see that I messed up on the layout and got all the way through the block before realizing what I had done! LOL!

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You can keep adding strips until you get the size block you want. If I had continued with another round on this block it would finish at 12" - much easier to work with in a quilt! I hope you enjoy this Courthouse Steps quilt block!

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Happy Quilting!


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