Hello Long Time Gone sew-alongers!! I think I may have finally recovered from our Disney World vacation, though I'm still trying to get caught up on my backlogged projects! Luckily the Courthouse Steps blocks this week are super easy! Not that it stopped me from making things excessively difficult on my own, haha!
This weeks blocks will seem downright simple after making all those little bitty churn dashes last week, and we only need nine of them! Wahoo!
Okey dokey, shall we get started?
Measurements for the pieces needed to construct this block will not be provided in this tutorial. It is a pre-requiste of making this block that you have a copy of the pattern, Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell. Measurements, where applicable, can be found in this book and it’s associated media.
If you’re using the Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates you can find the conversion chart by clicking here.
I have no hard and fast rule for pressing. I generally press my seams in the direction they want to go. For these blocks I found it easiest to just press my seams open. I also pressed my seams open when attaching the individual blocks together. But find a way that works for you and be consistent with it. Here's a photo of the back of one of my blocks so you can see how I've pressed my seams.
It's almost as pretty as the front!
I've just done a standard style piecing for the next set of blocks and have actually yet to make the final set of three. I have blues pulled for them but part of me wants to do another picture pieced block. I'll get back to you all on that when I decide.
So here's what you need to do to make a Courthouse Steps block.
Remember, you need nine Courthouse Steps blocks total!
Also, don't be afraid to mix around the background and the foreground prints. I've changed the placement of some fabrics to better suit the look I wanted.
Or use more negative space, the effect can be quite wonderful!
You needn't feel like all your fabric should be in the same position as in the pattern, make the blocks you! So long as all your seams are there and in the correct place you'll still be eligible for the prizes.
That's it for this week, next week is log cabins and I still have no idea how I want to fancy mine up yet! Any ideas how you want to make yours?
Don't forget to pop over to Angie's by clicking here, to see her blocks, she's been making the most gorgeous blocks with Alison Glass's fabrics! She'll also have some handy tips and tricks to help you out!
Marti Michell is also offering a conversion chart and tutorial on how to make this block using her templates. See Marti’s tutorial and get the conversion chart by clicking here.
Prize Winning DetailsOf course the ultimate prize is making this amazing quilt, but if you'd like to also throw your hat in the ring to win some amazing prizes from our amazing sponsors then here's the information you need to know. You can find out more about our sponsors and the prizes on offer by clicking here.
We've made it as simple as possible for you to win. To be eligible for all prizes on offer all you have to do is:
- Post a photo of one of this weeks block to your Instagram account between 12:01am May3rd and 11:59pm May 9th 2017 in your timezone.
- Tag your photo with the hashtags #LongTimeGoneSAL #AlisonGlass #AndoverFabrics #SewWithTheBest #AnnaMariaHorner #FreeSpiritFabrics #JenKingwell #LongTimeGoneQuilt #AmitieTexiles #MartiMichell #LovePatchworkQuilting
- Be Following these accounts on Instagram:
You will also need to do the following:
- Post a photo of each of the blocks in their relevant weeks in your timezone. You can find the block timetable by clicking here.
- Complete the quilt top and post it to Instagram within 12 July and Midnight 21 July in your timezone.
- All photos will need to have the relevant hashtags on them.
- You will need to be following all the relevant Instagram accounts at the time of the drawing.
Need help keeping all of that clear in your head, Angie has made up a fabulous Long Time Gone SAL Tracker, you can grab it by clicking here to download.
And that is that my friends! I have no sneak peak for you again this week, my appologies, but can share another shot of my magically "Enchanted" block for you to all enjoy!
High fives to me for not giving up on that block. It was close on numerous occasions!