The Courthouse steps block is not as versatile as other quilt blocks, but there are still many things you can do with it as a stand-alone block. It is similar in shape to an hourglass, so any layout with that block will work with this.
Dumbbells in a Row
This simple layout is made up of straight rows of Courthouse Steps blocks all in the same orientation. It reminds me of rows of dumbbells laying on the floor.
Up and Down
I know the name for this layout is not too original, but neither is the layout. It’s just Courthouse Step blocks alternating up and down in orientation.
Skip on the Pavement
If you add some solid blocks, you can get some more looks with the basic block. This layout would be a great way to show off some appliqué or machine quilting.
As always, changing the colour on the blocks will give you even more options and variations, so get out some paper and try drawing your own.
Elizabeth DeCroos is the designer and teacher at Epida Studio. She loves to work in quilting, pojagi and embroidery and teach these techniques to others.
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