red and white courthouse steps quilt block with title "log cabin sampler quilt".

Log Cabin Sampler – Courthouse Steps

The Courthouse Steps block is log-cabin-ish, but not exactly a log cabin.  It does have a centre square and bars surrounding it, but the bars do not rotate around, they go top and bottom first and sides next.  I don’t know if this is easier or harder than a traditional log cabin, but it is different.  As long as you keep checking the layout, it should not be too hard.

For the Log Cabin Sampler block, you will need three of these blocks.  For the mini sampler, you need only one.  [As usual, cutting directions for the mini are in square brackets.]


Most pieces are 1-1/2″ wide, so you can continue using those strips.

Dark fabric:

  • three [one] 3-1/2″ square
  • six [two] 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″
  • six [two] 1-1/2″ x 7-1/2″
  • six [two] 1-1/2 x 9-1/2″

Light fabric:

  • six [two] 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″
  • six [two] 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″
  • six [two] 1-1/2″ x 7-1/2″



Layout the pieces with the dark square in the centre with the light above and below it and the dark to the sides.

Begin by joining the 3-1/2″ light pieces to the centre square.

Then add the dark 5-1/2″ pieces.

Continue in this way, alternating the light and dark sides and finishing with the dark 9-1/2″ pieces.  Press the seams toward the dark side.

The blocks should finish at 9-1/2″.

Check out the other blocks in the Log Cabin Sampler quilt HERE.

Elizabeth DeCroos

Elizabeth DeCroos

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