30's Courthouse Steps
Tips & Hints
This month's block is a 10 1/2" block. (That is - 11" unfinished.) This month I'm offering a block inspired by a beautiful quilt I saw on Saturday at the "Aunt Grace's Tea Party" I attended at the quilt shop. Most of us don't think of black when we think of 30's quilts, but apparently they were made and the quilt I saw (a "T" block in black and 30's prints) was just beautiful. So that's what we're doing this month. I think the blocks would look good in different 30's prints in the same color family, similar to the quilt graphic at the bottom of the page. Please try to use 30's prints. If you are not sure what they are they have some on page 70 of the current Keepsake Quilting catalog (Summer Update). 30's prints are very popular now and there are many different kinds. Aunt Grace is the most well known, but lots of fabric companies are making them. If you don't like 30's prints that well, it's okay to just use one 30's print in the blocks, but I encourage you to add some 30's prints to your stash if you don't already have some. They are so bright and cheerful and they make great baby quilts. We will be making TWO blocks this month. As always you don't have to make your blocks the same. This is a great opportunity to use up scraps. My test block was made from scraps.
For EACH block cut: a 2"x2" yellow solid square, two 2"x2" black solid squares, four 2"x5" rectangles - two of 30's prints and two of black solid, four 2"x8" rectangles - two of 30's prints and two of black solid, and two 2"x11" 30's print rectangles.
Sew a yellow square between two black squares. Press toward the black. Sew a 2"x5" 30's print rectangle to the long sides of the previous unit. Press toward the 30's print. Sew a 2"x5" black rectangle to the sides of the unit (next to the black squares). Press toward the black. Sew a 2"x8" 30's print rectangle to the sides of the unit (next to the previous 30's prints). Press toward the rectangles you just sewed on. Sew a 2"x8" black rectangle to the sides of the unit (next to the previous black). Press toward the rectangles you just sewed on. Sew a 2"x11" 30's print rectangle to the sides of the unit (next to the previous 30's prints). Press toward the rectangles you just sewed on.
As you can see, this block goes together very quickly. Your block should measure 11"x11" unfinished. Click here to see my block that I scanned.
This block goes together best if the seams are pressed away from the side with more seams. Click here to see the back of my block that I scanned.
Remember to label your blocks with your name, city, state, and email address on the BACK of your block. This may be a piece of paper tacked or pinned on, a sticky label or pigma pen in the seam allowance. Just be sure to label them in some way.
If you have questions or comments, post a note on the Yahoo club or email Squirrel (Patty) or Azpatch (Margo). You will be making TWO blocks for May. Blocks will be due to Patty by May 31, 2000. This will ensure that Patty has the blocks by the time she and I get together at the Quilted Apple on June 3rd for Baltimore Masters and Applique Lovers clubs. Please keep up with your blocks. If you get behind it makes more work for Patty and I to send them out to the winners late. If lateness is unavoidable, please let one of us know and remember to include two stamps to help with postage.
If you have Electric Quilt 4, the file is available for download here. Due to the number of 30's prints in the file, the size is 469 KB.