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Friday, January 25, 2013

Pocket Patchwork ~ Orphans & Scraps ~ Part Four

The weeks have flown by and here we are, on our fourth block already.  We're also more than half way into January.  It seems like Thanksgiving was just a few days ago.  Hope you've been able to take some time for yourselves to sew. 

Let's get started on our last block.  This is a Courthouse Steps block which uses up lots of little scraps.  My block has been paper pieced which gives us really tiny little strips.  Gosh, I love the narrow strips and the variety of fabrics make it sparkle and shine.  Paper piecing blocks like this use up a whole lot of scraps.  Even a teeny tiny or long narrow piece can be useful here.  I especially like to use fabrics I don't really care for anymore.  Often the color is really good, but I don't care for the print.  Even those UGG fabrics can do well.  For our sew-along, I will assume you have knowledge of paper piecing as this isn't the proper forum to teach it.  If you don't know how, or don't care for paper piecing, no worries!!  Scroll down to find a Log Cabin  substitute block you can make.  The pieces won't be as tiny....I promise.  Better yet...use an ophaned Log Cabin!!

Click here to download the Courthouse Steps paper piecing template.

Make (1) Courthouse Steps block that should measure 4 1/2" unfinished. 

If you like paper piecing tiny little strips like this, as I do, you'll be happy to know I've been working on several new designs that feature these tiny wonders.  Stay tuned to my blog for announcements later this year!!

Here's the cutting instructions for a basic Log Cabin block that will measure 4 1/2" unfinished:

*Cut the center red square 1 1/2"

On the dark side.....
*For the blue strips, cut (1) 1" x 2" and (1) 1" x 2 1/2"
*For the brown strips, cut (1) 1" x 3" and (1) 1" x 3 1/2"
*For the black strips, cut (1) 1" x 4" and (1) 1" x 4 1/2"

On the light side....
*For the light with black motif, cut (1) 1" x 1 1/2" and (1) 1" x 2"
*For the light circle motif, cut (1) 1" x 2 1/2" and (1) 1" x 3"
*For the light with red outline flowers, cut (1) 1" x 3 1/2" and (1) 1" x 4"

We're all done with blocks!  Hhmmm....bet you're wondering what we're gonna do with them?  All will be revealed next week!  See you then....Pam


  1. i have printed off the foundation template and now i'm off to rummage through my teeny tiny scraps. Can't wait for the BIG reveal next week :))) cheers...Marian

  2. ThankyouThankyouThankyou for including a simpler block! When I saw the first one I about had a heart attack. (All those pieces?! By hand?! In one week?! EEEEK!!!) For a hand piecer like me, that's something to try when I have a LOT of time, lol.

  3. Whoo Hoo can't wait to get home from work and get started. Think I will pass on the PP and go with the traditional. This has been a lot of fun and I am anxious to see the final reveal.


  4. OOh yes I love paper piecing tiny little strips, can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve!

  5. I lucked out - there was a little log cabin in the basket - free week!

  6. Am not a fan of paper piecing but am going to do this little block. Have enjoyed doing every block so far, hate to see this come to an end, so much fun.
    Carol L

  7. First time makeing Courthouse Steps, such a fun little block.

  8. Thanks goodness this block is paper pieced - those logs are SKINNY little things! I found out this morning that you're teaching a workshop here in Utah next January, so I called this morning and signed up. Look forward to meeting you!

  9. Whew! That block really is a scrapbuster for the tiniest strips! I am going to give it a try.

  10. Liebe Pam, eigentlich mag ich kein PP, aber der traditionelle LogCabin erschien mir zu groß... ich habs ausprobiert und habs geschafft!!!
    Danke für die Tipps, ich habe so eine Möglichkeit gefunden, meine "Lieblingsreste" zu verarbeiten. Freu mich schon auf das Zusammensetzen :)
    Ganz liebe Grüße, K.

  11. You have some great blocks with great fabrics. Looking forward to seeing everything come together!

  12. Thank you for this beautiful bloc, Pam! But it's so difficult... for me! ;-)
    I made a note on my blog, with link to here.

  13. Just finished my courthouse steps, and love it. However there are only 5 rounds on the download and the dark /light are reversed, Do your extra strips appear with the next step or did you do a different block. I can't imagine how tiny the strips would be to get the 6 rounds plus border that you show in the first pic. Look forward to next weeks episode.

  14. Finished. You can see my block here: