Modern Courthouse Steps Blocks are finished

I have been working on these blocks for approximately 27 and a half years. Maybe a little less but it sure feels like a really long time. I am really relieved and happy that the modern courthouse steps blocks are finished, all 30 of them.


Here they are in a pile, looking all innocent. I enjoyed figuring out how I was going to do these blocks. It was challenging to adjust all the math.

It was fun to see the first 10 blocks, I got a kick out of seeing how they turned out once they were cut. I liked sewing them back together. blocks-re-2

I liked lining them up as I finished them. I had a ball buying new fabrics. Have I ever mentioned that 30 blocks use up a whole lot of fabric? They do! Especially when they are over 20 inches wide.

I had blocks all over my sewing room which is nblocks-re-3ot very organized right now. It's kind of a big green mess.

I've got to be honest and come clean.

The blocks were a bit less fun now. By the time I got to 20 I had pretty much conquered this challenge. Dare I say I was getting a bit tired of them?

I kept running out of fabric so I even dove far into the innermost recesses of my stash and found the last bit of green I needed. I bought and found more fabric 4 times!blocks-re-4

I stitched together my first row, six big ole blocks. With some trepidation I brought that row downstairs and laid it out on our bed. Would it be as wide as I wanted/needed?

blocks-re-5It was! Cue the triumphant music! Dance the happy dance.

It covered the mattress and reached to the bottom of the bed ruffle we have on there now. And I liked the look of it.

4 more rows to go, then sew the rows together. I will have a top and it shouldn't take that long.

And before this century is over, it should be finished!

Sew happy!

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