Create Courthouse Steps blocks, alternating color placement of the chocolate and vanilla-color block backgrounds, to make this easy quilt. Toss some polka dot prints in the mix (they remind us of jelly beans) and you've got a yummy throw!

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Materials

Inspired by "Lemon Bars" quilt makers Mary Pepper and Kathleen Williams

1-1/3 yards total assorted cream prints and polka dots (blocks)
1-1/2 yards total assorted brown prints and polka dots (blocks)
3/4 yard multicolor stripe (binding)
3 yards backing fabric
52" square batting

Finished quilt: 45-1/2" square
Finished block: 9" square

Quantities are for 44/45"-wide,100% cotton fabrics.

Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

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Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order:
From assorted cream prints and polka dots, cut:
12 - 3-1/2" squares
24 - 2x9-1/2" rectangles
50 - 2x6-1/2" rectangles
26 - 2x3-1/2" rectangles

From assorted brown prints and polka dots, cut:
13 - 3-1/2" squares
26 - 2x9-1/2" rectangles
50 - 2x6-1/2" rectangles
24 - 2x3-1/2" rectangles

From multicolor stripe, cut:
2-1/2"wide bias strips to total 200"

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Assemble A Blocks

Instructions that follow result in one block made with a brown print or polka dot center, cream print or polka dot first round, and brown print or polka dot outer round. Repeat assembly instructions to make 13 A blocks total.

1. Sew cream print or polka dot 2x3-1/2" rectangles to opposite edges of a brown print or polka dot 3-1/2" square (Diagram 1).

2. Join cream print or polka dot 2x6-1/2" rectangles to remaining edges to make a center unit.

3. Sew brown print or polka dot 2x6-1/2" rectangles to opposite edges of center unit.

4. Join brown print or polka dot 2x9-1/2" rectangles to remaining edges to complete unit A.

5. Press all seams toward brown print or polka dot square.
Block A should be 9-1/2" square including seam allowances.

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Assemble B Blocks

Instructions that follow result in one block made with a cream print or polka dot center, brown print or polka dot first round, and cream print or polka dot outer round. Repeat assembly instructions to make 12 B blocks total.

1. Sew brown print or polka dot 2x3-1/2" rectangles to opposite edges of a cream print or polka dot 3-1/2" square (Diagram 2).

2. Join brown print or polka dot 2x6-1/2" rectangles to remaining edges to make a center unit.

3. Sew cream print or polka dot 2x6-1/2" rectangles to opposite edges of center unit.

4. Join cream print or polka dot 2x9-1/2" rectangles to remaining edges to complete unit A.

5. Press all seams toward cream print or polka dot square. Blocks B should be 9-1/2" square including seam allowances.

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Assemble Rows

1. Referring to photo of quilt, lay out blocks in rows.

2. Sew together blocks in each row. Press seams in one direction, alternating direction with each row.

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Finish Quilt

1. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste. Quilt as desired.

2. Bind with multicolor stripe bias binding strips.

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