A Quilt Finish: Crooked Courthouse Steps

I’m so happy…another quilt is finished.  This time it’s Crooked Courthouse Steps!!  I can’t begin to tell you how fun it was to make this quilt.  This is my all time favorite style of quilt.  It’s scrappy and it require little to no prep….it’s lots of mindless sewing….which for me equals BLISS!


This is destine to be a Christmas present for a little boy in my childcare.  That’s why I went with a blue and green theme.

Last weekend I put it on the frame and quilted away.  I was on a mission to get this one finished.  I need four quilts as gifts and if I could get this finished I knew I’d be over half way.

I love all the color happiness…

Originally Bonnie suggested that all the center small blocks be 2″ x 2″.  I started out that way but as I went along the squares became any size I had left over from a previously used strip.


I used up ALL of my neutrals in my scrap box and had to cut up yardage.  That’s an okay problem to have.  That means I can go in and cut up any of the “what was I thinking when I bought that” fabrics.  Admit it, you have those fabrics too!!


I love the busyness of it all.  Play eye spy with me.  Can you see the scissor printed on white fabric? … Can you find the letter “W”, blue mittens, or a blue snowflake.  Oh how fun!!
Here’s a peak of the backing.  Remember I wanted turtle fabric for it?
Here’s a better shot of that.  The little boy I’m making this for wanted a “turtle quilt”.   I thought I’d get enough fabric for the whole backing but couldn’t find anything online that was a decent price.  I ended up buying enough for one strip across the backing and matching pillow case…I knew I had enough other fabric to add to it to make the backing.


This is what I ended up doing….I really liked it.  The discolor is a couple leaves that fell on it.


One would think that I’d used up all my scraps to make this.  I actually did use up most of the green and blues from the scrap bucket but there are PLENTY more scraps.

Oh I love it.  You can see the looping circles of the quilting motif in this picture.

There was enough of one of the blues that is on the back for a binding too.  That was a fabric that was gifted to me by a blog reader…THANKS!!!


Ruby insisted on getting her photo taken…or actually to get her photo taken so she could get a treat.  

One last shot before it goes in the “to be gifted pile”.


I am relative positive that I’ll be making this quilt again.  I just loved making it.  I have a couple graduation quilts to make.  I think the next one might be done in red and blacks…and grays.  We’ll see.

THANKS for an awesome pattern Bonnie.  If you’re looking for the tutorial on how to make this quilt, you can find it HERE.

31 thoughts on “A Quilt Finish: Crooked Courthouse Steps

  1. Penny Holliday

    Gorgeous! What a fun quilt! I love your own personal design for centers & the” turtle back art turtle!”

  2. Heide

    What a fantastic finish! Love the blues and greens. Love the super fun backing too, the little guy that you made it for is going to love it.

  3. Karen P

    I love, love, love it too! I just have to make one now! I still have a lot of red, black and white strips leftover from another project. Hmmmm

  4. Robby

    This gorgeous quilt, and your obvious enjoyment in making it havegot me getting ready to start one of these for myself! I like that you swapped up the centers to be wonky and finish off those pesky last bits of your strips. You’ve knocked this one out of the park.

  5. Carla

    It’s beautiful! I’m wondering, did you have to plan the final layout at all, it’d did you just pick up a block and sew?

  6. Cindy F

    I love this quilt and especially love it in the colors you chose! I’ve been diligently going through my scraps and making strips so it’s on my list. I’m planning on treadling this as I think it’ll help build my skill there.

  7. Robin

    Red, black and gray would be beautiful! I am so excited for you. It’s good to see you got your mo-JO back in the sewing room.

  8. Stearns Carol

    Dont you know Jo? When you use two strips in your scrap bin, another one appears. Thus you never get to the bottom of it.

  9. Paula

    This is a great quilt and I hope to make one soon. I do wonder what it would look like with 1/2 the blocks turned sideways. I might have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing and I’m glad you’re making time to sew and embroider. We need this in our lives.

  10. Anne Simonot

    This is gorgeous! I love the colours & log cabins/courthouse steps are a favourite too. Lucky little boy!

  11. Anita

    Your quilt inspired me to start one last night using Christmas fabric scraps in dark greens and reds for the steps. This is a fun quilt to make! I, too, will be making more.

  12. Candy

    Making these ‘improv’ type of quilts is so relaxing, since you don’t have to pay attention to a pattern … I love that! I don’t know about you, but I find that as I go along, I use smaller and smaller scraps, so making a block takes longer and longer! So much fun though. I love the colors you chose. I think I’ll make one using up some of those Christmas ‘what-was-I-thinking’ fabrics!

  13. Pamela Crane

    You have made so many beautiful quilts that it is hard to choose a favorite. This is one of those quilts. I am inspired to make one of these now. I just have to finish my other 10 projects first!

  14. ColleenM

    What another beautiful quilt. The recipient is one luck little guy! And you are one generous lady:)

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