This is a test blocks for my Small Things quilt. This is a Courthouse Steps block and it's paper pieced. The steps finish at 1/4" wide! That's small. I'm glad I did a test block because I found that I discovered a couple things right off. I don't like it this scrappy so I think I will repeat the fabrics around the block rather than make them totally random like I did here. Also I don't like as many medium value fabrics mixed in with the lights so on my real blocks I'll pick out more lights. Also I was able to perfect my piecing technique. I found right off that I wasn't stitching my pieces down into the corners far enough and after a few rounds the corners were curving. So it's a good think I did a test. These blocks will take a while - at least an hour and a half per block and I have a total of 36! So I had better get them right. :-) So this 5 inch test block is destined to become a pin cushion.
Here is a photo of the three quilts that I'm working on. The log cabin and Small Things quilt are using all 1 inch strips that I have been cutting out for weeks. The Sawtooth quilt uses many of the fabrics that I used for strips and I had to cut it out as I was cutting the strips.
I finally finished cutting out all the strips! Here are the medium and darks - all 20 yards or so. Glad that job is over and I could finally get down to some piecing.