Courthouse Thread Block Tutorial

It’s time for the 46th block in the Twisted Traditional Quilt Along!  That means just six weeks left until 2015!  It’s hard to believe the year has gone by that fast.  Are you all starting to get ready for the holidays?  We definitely are around here.

Okay – enough small chat – let’s get to it!

Courthouse Thread Block Tutorial for

52 Twisted Traditional Block Quilt Along

Finished Block Size – 12” x 12”

A traditional log cabin block put together in the courthouse step style is fun to twist into a spool of thread!

Cutting Instructions



1 – 4.5” square (preferably a striped fabric)

Background (I chose low volume and scrappy)


2 – 4.5” x 1.5”
4 – 1.5” x 1.5”


2 – 2.5” x 6.5”


4 – 2.5” x 2.5”


2 – 1.5” x 10.5”
2 – 1.5” x 12.5”

Spool (brown)


2 - 1.5” x 6.5”
2 – 2.5” x 6.5”



Start by sewing your two 1.5” x 4.5” background strips to either side, perpendicular to the stripe. Press towards the stripe print.


Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of the 1.5” background squares.


Lay them right sides together with the spool 1.5” x 6.5” strips just as I show in the diagram above.


Sew along each seam. I finger pressed them open in the proper orientation so I made sure to trim the corners properly.


Trim the corners.


Press towards the corners and sew to the rectangle.


Add your 6.5” x 2.5” background strips. Sew the 2.5” background squares to the 2.5” x 6.5” spool fabric.


Sew these strips onto the center rectangle. At this point you have a 10.5” square and could be finished. I think a framed spool of thread looks a bit nicer.


Sew the 1.5” x 10.5” background strips on first. Finish with the two 1.5” x 12.5” background strips.


And with that…your ‘Courtyard Thread’ block is finished!


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1 comment:

  1. Your thread block is super cute! Love that striped fabric as the thread. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful tutorials!


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