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From traditional to modern – Courthouse steps and bento box – Quilting in 2021

Today’s videos are still part of the beginner series Quilting in 2021.

We’re still at the early learning stages and these blocks are made just of rectangles and squares.

The first one is a very simple Courthouse steps block. Courthouse steps quilt block is a variation of log cabin quilt block.

You can make a quilt with just this single block in different colours placed in no particular pattern or having the same colours placed in the diagonal. You can be creative as you like.

Now, the second block is a Bento box quilt block. It’s just a step further from a Courthouse steps block.

Check it out!

If you liked the Bento box slice and turn technique, you my like my Turnabout patchwork book. See below.

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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From traditional to modern: Courthouse steps block and Bento box block - video tutorial


  1. I took up quilting because of your excellent tutorials. No words, just clearly laid out steps! Thank you with all my heart from Cushing, Wisconsin,USA.

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  2. I think you need to reconsider what you call Courthouse Steps in your photo here. I’ve given many lectures on the history of quilting and this just does not qualify. Julie Callahan

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  3. Isn’t courthouse steps constructed like I demonstrate on the video? Is it the colour placement that makes it so? I’m certainly no quilting historian and only going by my readings on the internet. Or ist the low number of strips the problem?

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