The White House Steps quilt block is very similar to the log cabin block, but the logs are added on two opposite edges at a time, rather than on adjacent edges. I have teamed it here with a block that I think it sets it off well. They are both very simple blocks. This quilt pattern would work quite well in blue, red and white, but I’ve chosen to use blue, yellow and brown as I already have quite a few blue, red and white quilts.
The quilt measures 68″ square and I have used sixteen blocks which are 16″ square finished size. The yardage required is 2.1/4 yards each of blue and yellow with 1 yard of brown. You can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the white house steps quilt blocks
4.1/2″ squares: eight yellow
4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ strips: sixteen blue
8.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ strips: sixteen blue, sixteen yellow
12.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ strips: sixteen yellow, sixteen blue
16.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ strips: sixteen blue
Cutting requirements for alternate block
6.1/2″ squares: sixteen blue, sixteen yellow
2.1/2″ squares: sixteen blue, sixteen yellow
12,1.2″ by 2.1/2″ strips: thirty two brown
For the border you will need to cut seven 2.1/2″ strips of yellow across the width of fabric
Making the white house steps quilt blocks
Lay the patchwork pieces out as shown, with a yellow square in the middle surrounded by 4.1/2″ and 8.1/2″ blue strips. Outside the blue frame place 8.1/2″ and 12.1/2″ yellow strips. The final frame is made with 12.1/2″ and 16.1/2″ blue strips.
Sew the blue strips to the top and bottom of the central square first and then sew the remaining two blue strips to the sides.
Repeat with the yellow frame, sewing the strips to the top and bottom first and then adding the sides. Finally sew the outer blue frame, again sewing the strips to the top and bottom first.
That completes the quilt block. Make eight of these.
Making the alternate quilt block
Lay the patchwork pieces out as shown, with the 6.1/2″ squares forming a four patch block in the middle. There’s a brown strip on each edge of the central unit with a yellow square in two corners and a blue square in the other two corners. Note that these are placed so that the small and large blue squares form one diagonal while the small and large yellow squares form the other diagonal.
Sew the large squares together first to form the central square. Sew the brown strips to the top and bottom to form one column.
Sew two corner squares to each of the brown strips on the sides to make two more columns.
Sew the three columns together to complete the alternate quilt block. Make eight of these.
Assembling the white house steps quilt
Lay the blocks out in four rows of four, alternating the squares across each row and down each column.
Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of yellow fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 64.1/2″ for the top and bottom, with two lengths of 68.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the white house steps quilt block top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
Last August my eldest son married Katy and it was a wonderful and very emotional day. Now I am thrilled to bits to be able to tell you that Katy is expecting and my first grandchild is due in mid October – very close to Ben’s birthday.