Easy Courthouse Steps

Over the years I have learned all kinds of ways to utilize strips of fabric. I tend to use 2.5″ wide strips and keep several plastic organizer totes full of them. But sometimes it is fun to use a different size. This Easy Courthouse Steps mini quilt is made of 1.5″ purple and orange cotton strips.

I did not add borders. This small quilt is 22.5″ x 29.25″ finished.

All cotton fabric scraps and a left-over piece of poly batting.

Here is another idea to use Courthouse Steps blocks.

Directions for this Easy Courthouse Steps:

2.5″ center squares

1.5″ fabric strips in colors of your choice

Starting with the center square, sew strips to each block on parallel sides. For this quilt, I started with orange strips.

Iron and trim so that strips are the same length as the center block.

Add strips to the other 2 parallel sides.

Iron and trim so now you have a center square surrounded by 4 strips of fabric (1 on each side). Repeat as many rounds as you want to make the size blocks desired. I did 3 rounds of strips.

Iron and trim so the blocks are the same size.

To make a strip of 3 joined blocks sew three blocks to one another. I made 4 strips of 3 blocks with orange sides touching.

Iron. Trim if necessary. Matching the corners of the blocks, sew the strips to one another so that your 12 blocks are now a mini quilt.

Add border if desired.

Iron backing. Add batting and quilt top. Pin all three layers together – I tend to use more pins than needed, but at least nothing shifts around while I machine quilted this!

Toile backing

Machine quilt. I chose straight lines going across the quilt. In the ditch of the seam where the strips of blocks are joined to each other. Do whatever design makes you happy.

Bind quilt as desired. I did a self-binding (meaning the backing fabric is pulled around to the front and sewn down) binding. Since this was a take along project, I hand sewed the binding down.

Add tag to back and hanging sleeve if wanted.

Wow, that was easy, and you have a finished small quilt.

Easy Courthouse Steps
Courthouse Steps

Be creative and have fun:

This is a great pattern to use for making seasonal quilts to decorate with. Or as gifts. They are easy and quick. I made this one from start to final stitch in 2 days – probably about 10 hours total.

Anyone who regularly reads this blog knows that fall is my favorite season – mostly for the vibrant colors. There is just something about the colors of orange and purple together that appeals to me.

Grab you favorite colored scraps and make a quick Easy Courthouse Steps small quilt. Put those scraps to use.

Happy quilting!

Completed and beautiful!



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