My Crooked Courthouse Steps blocks have taken over my life. Oh I love making them. I love the “something from nothing” style of quilting. I love the carefree cutting. You can see from the back of my block that it’s okay that the white fabric in the front overhangs a bit. No matter. It’s no big deal at all. Ah…I love it.
I would like to suggest only making 10 or less blocks at a time. See that green strip that is leftover? That can be trimmed off and used in the next new block I make. This way ALL of the piece gets used up.
You can see I made of a stack of these “leftovers” and they are ready for the next blocks.
I’m doing so good…I resist squaring them up upstairs in my sewing room. Instead I bring them downstairs and set up a station at the kitchen island for trimming. This way I can do it over naptime when the kiddos are sleeping. It’s my perk of being an inhome childcare provider. Every job needs a fringe benefit doesn’t it?
True happiness…a pile of slivers ready for the garbage.
A friend asked why I had to trim the blocks. These blocks are wonky. There is not predetermined size for any of the strips that I’m sewing together. My strips are varying from 3/4″ to 2″. That means that sometimes the block ends up being 9″ when finished. Sometimes it ends up being 8 /12″ That means the blocks have to be squared up in the end. It’s all part of the
Another person asked why some blocks don’t look complete. Some have four sides. Note the block below.
The top side has 4 strips. I had to add the 4th strips as the block wasn’t wide enough yet. It’s not big deal. In fact I kind of like it. Here’s why…Here are two of my finished blocks. See where the blocks come together? When they come together when each of the blocks has a full long strip, the “look” isn’t so staggered.
When the blocks come together and the solids don’t have a full strip along the edge, the look a little more wonky and I kind of like that look.
Really it doesn’t matter to me either way. Once the blocks all get together, it won’t be noticeable. The overall look will be what you see.
You can find Bonnie’s full tutorial HERE. She explains how to make the Crooked Courthouse Steps blocks.
I’ve still been using my Nido wool mat. This is another project that I wouldn’t be without it anymore. If you want to learn more about them and get an awesome discount code, follow this LINK.
A blog reader messaged me and asked how long the deal was good for…answer, through the end of the month. I messed Winnie and she said through the end of the month.
I got a little antsy to see how these were going to look…
I like it!! Kalissa saw it and liked it too.
Obviously I need more blocks so back to it!!
I’m having so much fun working on these Crooked Courthouse Steps blocks. After making about three blocks I thought, “oh my..I love these, what else could I make and immediately I thought Log Cabin blocks done the same way”. So that might be my next quilt…we’ll see. For now I just need to concentrate and get this finished.