A Rectangular Log Cabin Variation
The assembly is like the Courthouse Steps variation of the log cabin block. The block itself most resembles a block published by the Ladies Art Company in 1895 as Whitehouse Steps.
Download the print-friendly directions here:
For those who received the sneak peek, the block directions have been updated with corrections (thanks to those who caught them for me), a foundation for anyone who would prefer to paper piece the block, a coloring page and a mini-version of the virtual quilt below.
Tags & Categories
This month, use the tag steps.
As usual, please choose the category blocks for posts containing photos of your blocks, sent and received for messages about blocks mailed and received and show and tell for photos of your projects made using this block.
Guidelines for Foundation Piecers
If you foundation piece your block(s):
- Be sure your printed foundation is the correct size. The outside rectangle should measure 6-1/2 by 9-1/2 inches.
- If you use a paper foundation, it must be removed from your block(s) before you mail them to the winner(s).
- You may use foundation products which are designed to disolve and/or are intended to be left inside the quilt.
Each block is made from THREE fabrics:
WHITE–may be solid, a white-on-white (WOW) print or a multicolor print that is predominately white and “reads as white” if you are looking at it from across the room. If you make multiple blocks, you may use the same WHITE fabric in all your blocks
GRAY–may be solid, a tone-on-tone (TOT) print or dyed fabric, or other multicolor print that is predominately gray and will “read as gray.” If you make multiple blocks, you may use the same GRAY fabric in all your blocks
QUILTERS CHOICE fabric–may be a solid or TOT fabric that reads as the color of your choice. If you make multiple blocks, you may use this fabric in up to three blocks, as long as the placement of colors is unique in each block.
The Virtual Quilt
These blocks were made by Cynthia, Kathie, Kim, Margaret, Marybeth, Nan and me.
You can find full-size photos of all the virtual blocks in my Flickr photo set Steps – 2013 Lotto Blocks.
Quilt Design Ideas
Linda C (catlineye) spent some time playing with our blocks in EQ and came up with some interesting setting ideas.
In all three quilt designs, Linda added a narrow border to make the centers float, and then a squares and strips border. She said that she paid only nominal attention to the size of the finished quilt (they’re more or less quilt shaped…). My guess is that they are approximately 65 x 90 inches.