I am having so much fun experimenting with making Courthouse Steps blocks! I wanted five fabrics total in each block, and wanted the blocks to be between 6 1/2 and 8 inches finished. After a bit of trial and error, my best effort was a block with a two inch unfinished center square, and strips cut 1 1/2 inches to surround it. After each round I trimmed the strips down to 1 inch, so they finish at 3/4". The finished block is 7 1/2".
My stash of Civil War fabrics is considerable, and I am looking forward to diminishing it somewhat with this project. This project is going to be a major fabric eater, so that should not be a problem. I think I will stay in the rust, brown, black, tan and crimson color way.
I first heard about the project on Instagram. If you search for #logcabinquiltalong, you will see some beautiful examples of blocks. My friend Thelma at Cupcakes 'n' Daisies is playing around with making blocks as well, using her stash of Bonnie and Camille fabrics.
Thelma suggests cutting fabric strips lengthwise for more stability, and also pressing the seams open. I started cutting widthwise, out of habit, but am going to try it lengthwise with my next batch of strips. I totally agree with her about pressing the seams open. They lay so flat and it is just neater somehow.
I am not using any particular specialty ruler for this. My Creative Grids 8 1/2" by 12" is working fine. If you have the Creative Grids 6" Log Cabin ruler you could use it, but if you want to use five fabrics as I did, you will be adding one additional round that will need to be trimmed with a larger ruler.
This is definitely a block that calls for assembly line piecing. I plan to work on six at a time, sewing each round (half round actually), then pressing and trimming, sewing the next round, pressing, trimming etc. You are hopping up and down to iron every two minutes otherwise.
No progress on Penny Pincher, I am just frittering my time away with this distraction! Have a great weekend everyone! I hear that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow yesterday, and you all know what that means....