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QuiltingB's Quilting Patterns - Courthouse Steps

Although I could provide templates for the various pieces, I have decided instead to provide size measurements and cutting instructions. This is because of the differences in computer screen resulutions and printer settings. By providing these measurments and cutting instructions, you can be sure that your pieces will be the proper size and scale. If you prefer to use templates, simply follow these measurement instructions, cutting out pieces of paper and transfer that to template plastic.

1. Cut the following pieces.

Center square     Cut 1     2 1/2 X 2 1/2 inches
Strip A1          Cut 2     2 1/2 X 1 1/2 inches
Strip B1          Cut 2     4 1/2 X 1 1/2 inches
Strip A2          Cut 2     4 1/2 X 1 1/2 inches
Strip B2          Cut 2     6 1/2 X 1 1/2 inches
Strip A3          Cut 2     6 1/2 X 1 1/2 inches
Strip B3          Cut 2     8 1/2 X 1 1/2 inches
Strip A4          Cut 2     8 1/2 X 1 1/2 inches
Strip B4          Cut 2     10 1/2 X 1 1/2 inches
Strip A5          Cut 2     10 1/2 X 1 1/2 inches
Strip B5          Cut 2     12 1/2 X 1 1/2 inches
It doesn't matter what colors you use, but there should be a contrast between the A strips and the B strips.

You create each quilt block by sewing the strips together in the following order:

  1. Sew A1 strips to center square:


  2. Add B1 strips to long side:


  3. Add A2 strips:


  4. Add B2 strips:


  5. Add A3 strips:


  6. Add B3 strips:


  7. Add A4 strips:


  8. Add B4 strips:


  9. Add A5 strips:


  10. Add B5 strips:


You can then assemble these quilt blocks together in interesting patterns, especially if you make groups of contrasting colored courthouse blocks.