We love seeing Hillary Goodwin’s latest via Instagram @entropyalwayswins, and we were totally wow-ed by this image she shared of a quilt commission in progress. We asked Hillary to break the blocks down a bit more so we can make this Tile Blocks Quilt too! Learn all about Hillary in her introduction and find more at Entropy Always Wins.

Fabric Requirements for Each Block:

  • In dark fabric: One 4 x 4 inch piece, Two 3 x 4 inch pieces and Two 3 x 9 inch pieces
  • In light fabric: One 4 x4 inch piece, Two 3 x4 inch pieces and Two 3 x 9 inch pieces

Tools + Notions:

  • Sewing Machine
  • Fabric Pins
  • Machine Sewing Thread
  • Rotary cutter + Cutting mat
  • Quilting Rulers
  • Iron + Ironing Board

* Note: A standard 1/4 inch seam allowance is used for this pattern.

Using the 4 x 4 inch square in light fabric, sew the dark fabric 3 x 4 inch pieces along two opposite parallel edges.

Iron the seams toward the darker fabric in this step and every subsequent step until the last seam. (As a lover of high contrast quilts, I have discovered the importance of this concept. Seams that are ironed closed are stronger then ones iron open and, most importantly, they prevent the dark colored fabric seam allowances from showing through on your quilt.)

Sew the two dark fabric 3 x 9 inch pieces to the other open sides and iron again toward the dark fabric.

Using your quilting ruler and rotary cutter, square up the block to 9 x 9 inches.

Using your quilting rule and rotary cutter, cut the block on the diagonal into two pieces.

Repeat each step using the dark 4 x 4 fabric as the center and the light fabric strips on the outside of your courthouse step block. Note again that the seams are folded IN toward the dark fabric at each step.

Turn the triangle pieces around as shown and sew the adjacent pieces together again folding toward the dark fabric.

Sew the two large triangles together BUT UNLIKE THE OTHER SEAMS, IRON THIS SEAM OPEN.

Square up the block to 12 x 12 inches.

Combine the blocks together in alternating pattern to make a quilt top. For interest, you can add some variation at the edges as I have done in my completed quilt top.