Courthouse Steps Quilt Block Tutorial

December 28, 2016

Courthouse Steps Quilt Block

The Courthouse Steps block is similar to the incredibly popular Log Cabin quilt block.  First, patches are added to opposite sides of a center square.  Then, two patches are sewn to either side of the center.  You can continue to build the block out as big as desired.

Use two contrasting values to create your block. (Value just means how light or dark a fabric appears in comparison to the other fabrics in your block).  You can either use two strongly contrasting colors (like white and red), or just light and dark prints.

Courthouse Steps Block Tutorial


Click HERE to download a printable PDF of this tutorial.

Quick Tip:

To make Courthouse Steps Blocks incredibly easy to construct, use jelly rolls!  Grab a pre-cut 2.5″ strip from your jelly roll, sew it to the next strip in the order shown below, press toward the last strip you attached, and trim.


Jelly Roll - Bonnie and Camille Little Ruby Jelly Roll for ModaI love this jelly roll by Bonnie and Camille for Moda – it makes the sweetest Courthouse Steps Blocks when paired with a Moda White jelly roll.




All strips in the Courthouse Square Block are equal width.  You can choose to cut your strips to 1.5″, 2″ or 2.5″ or 3″, for a big block, or 3 1/2″.  I like 2.5″ because it means I can use a jelly roll like you see in the picture above!

Sewing Instructions For Courthouse Steps Block:

  1.  Begin with a 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” center square that is a dark value (#1 in the block illustration below). You can choose to make this square bigger or smaller to begin.  It’s up to you!  Next, grab two dark strips that are the same width.  Sew the two dark strips (#2 and # 3) to either side of the center square. Press both seam allowances outward, towards the new strips you just added. Trim.(Tip: During the construction of your block, always press new seams towards the newest strips).
  2. Sew light patches #4 and #5 to opposite sides of the #2 and #3 strips. Press seams.
  3. Sew dark patches #6 and #7 to the block next. Press.
  4. Continue adding new patches to opposite sides of the block until you reach the desired size.

Courthouse Steps Block Assembly for The Quilter's Planner

If you make a Courthouse Steps Block, I’d love to see it!  Share what you make, or ask questions, in our new Quilter’s Planner Facebook Group!

Signature Stephanie at Late Night Quilter



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  • Reply Patricia December 28, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Thank you for the tutorial. I have the perfect jelly roll!

  • Reply Margaret N December 28, 2016 at 9:31 am

    your steps 4&5 light/dark instructions are switched. Have a great new years.

  • Reply Tish December 28, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Thanks for the tutorial, Steph! This is why pre cuts are our friends 🙂

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