How to Sew a Steps to the Altar Quilt Block

Steps to the Alter

Let's learn how to sew a Steps to the Altar quilt block today!

This is the last block for a quilt I've been working on for a couple of years - Yeah!! I got the pattern from Kim Diehl's Evening Star Quilt pattern. It is a Steps to the Altar quilt block with a color placement variation. It is a great block to use up your medium and dark scraps and creates a nice secondary pattern when put together in a quilt. Of course you could use light and medium fabric colors and get a whole different feel to the finished quilt. You can see more of Kim Diehl's patterns and fabric on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/kim.diehl.96

We've already gone over the two patches that make up this block - the Four Patch and the Half-Square Triangle. You can read the tutorial for the Four Patch here: https://fabric406.com/how-to-sew-a-basic-four-patch-block/ and the Half-Square Triangle here:  https://fabric406.com/how-to-sew-a-basic-half-square-triangle-block/ 

This block finishes at 12.5" square and here are the cutting directions:

Black Print - 6 - 2.5" squares

Medium/Dark 1 - 6 - 2.5" squares, and 3 - 5" squares

Medium/Dark 2 - 3 - 5" squares

Steps to the Alter 1

The sewing construction goes together just like a Basic Nine-Patch block (https://fabric406.com/how-to-sew-a-basic-nine-patch-quilt-block/).

Layout the Four-Patch and Half-Square Triangle units as shown above and sew into 3 rows. Press the seam allowances in the top and bottom rows toward the outside of the block and the middle row toward the inside of the block.

Steps to the Alter 2

Here you can see the direction for pressing the seam allowances.

Steps to the Alter 3

Then you sew the 3 rows together and you're done!

Steps to the Alter

Press the seam allowances toward the center of the block. Here is a picture of the back of the finished block showing the direction of the seam allowances.

Steps to the Alter 4

To make the quilt, the blocks are put together with every other one being rotated. The way we have pressed the seam allowances makes the seams nest together so you get a nice intersection.

Steps to the Alter 5

Here is my layout for 1/4 of my quilt top. The blocks make a wonderful secondary design of X's and diamonds. My design wall is only 4' wide so it only holds 1/4 of a queen-size quilt. But that's big enough for most projects. If I need to lay out the whole quilt at once, I just use my bed or the floor.

Steps to the Alter 6

When I was laying out the units to take a picture, I accidentally did it wrong - no, not wrong, just different. So this layout would work too and would give a totally different look to the finished quilt.

Steps to the Alter 7

Happy Quilting!

Elaine

2 Replies to “How to Sew a Steps to the Altar Quilt Block”

  1. What a nice tutorial. Let me point out a tiny error, very respectfully. It’s “steps to the altar” (as in a church). “Alter” (to modify) is not going to show up in spell-check as an error as it is a valid word.

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