Mini & Mug Rug Courthouse Step Blocks

This blog post is sponsored by Riley Blake Designs. They have kindly provided fabric from the Confetti Cottons line and Kisses Basic Cottons for this fun sewing project!


Have you seen my Skinny Courthouse Steps Blocks tutorial? Finished strips at 1/2″ have become a bit of my signature, and I wanted to sew up a couple of mini quilts using my tutorial to provide a few more visual examples of color palettes and inspiration for quilting. I also kept around the scraps from my chopped up courthouse steps to piece together additional mug rugs.


Mini #1: White and Bright

My first mini was made with my signature white background with some pops of color (Confetti Cottons lime, peacock, and lipstick). I paired this mini with lipstick Kisses for the quilt back, and used Aurifil 50 weight thread for piecing and straight-line / walking foot quilting. I finished the mini quilt with an art quilt facing to minimize distraction from the design.



Mini #2: White on Dark

For my second mini, I used 1/2 yard of violet, and paired it with just a bit of fuchsia to finish off the on point blocks, and the remaining fuchsia for the back. I used white for the accent stripes. I went with a similar finishing technique: walking foot quilting with Aurifil 50 weight and an art quilt facing.



Mug Rugs

The nice thing about chopping off my courthouse steps was that the leftovers could be nicely finished into two mug rugs per mini quilt. I added a bit of leftover scraps in white and fuchsia to join these chopped off pieces and did very simple walking foot quilting. Doesn’t your mug need a rug?!


These were a fairly quick sew and you can see more #wip photos below. If you are thinking about sewing up a mini but want to experiment with digital coloring first, check out this design on QuiltFill. Guess what?! I’m running a giveaway on my instagram feed where I’m giving away one mini, two mug rugs, and Riley Blake Designs fabric and notions, so make sure you check out the details there. Thanks again to Riley Blake Designs for sponsoring and contributing to the giveaway!

Today’s #igquiltfest: fun with fabric. A pretty stack of Riley Blake confetti cottons that just came in the mail. My color choices are oh-so-predictable. #rileyblakefabric #rileyblakedesigns #fabricsewing #quilt #quilting #colors #confetticottons #stephskardalquiltsrb0418 ...

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Last day of #igquiltfest to busy your feed. Showing one of my work in progress projects. Normally I like to have only one #wip, but I’m trying to move forward on two at the moment. Making a mini quilt with the results of my skinny courthouse steps blocks, and saving the trimmings for something more mini. #rileyblakefabric #rileyblakedesigns #rileyblakesolids #confetticottons #sewing #quilt #quilting #modernquilts #modernquilting #handmade #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #aurifil #aurifilthread #courthousesteps #skinnycourthousesteps #modernquilt #wip #quiltinprogress #machinepiecing #machinepieced #stephskardalquiltsrb0418 ...

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Making my way through my skinny courthouse steps tutorial with some new fabrics earlier today. Almost finished, but work and mom duties called! #rileyblakefabric #rileyblakedesigns #sewing #quilt #quilting #modernquilts #modernquilting #handmade #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #aurifil #aurifilthread #courthousesteps #skinnycourthousesteps #modernquilt #wip #quiltinprogress #machinepiecing #machinepieced #stephskardalquiltsrb0418 ...

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Zero sewing time today, but here are trimmings from my mini quilt that will make up two mug rugs. I was trying to explain to Astrid what mug rugs were with little to no success. She said, “It’s a quilt for your cup???!”, incredulously. #rileyblakefabric #rileyblakedesigns #rileyblakesolids #mugrugs #confetticottons #sewing #quilt #quilting #modernquilts #modernquilting #handmade #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #aurifil #aurifilthread #courthousesteps #skinnycourthousesteps #modernquilt #wip #quiltinprogress #machinepiecing #machinepieced #stephskardalquiltsrb0418 ...

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Working on a second set of mini quilt and mug rugs with some solids for another color approach. White stripes on dark! #rileyblakefabric #rileyblakedesigns #rileyblakesolids #mugrugs #confetticottons #sewing #quilt #quilting #modernquilts #modernquilting #handmade #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #aurifil #aurifilthread #courthousesteps #skinnycourthousesteps #modernquilt #wip #quiltinprogress #machinepiecing #machinepieced #juki #jukisewingmachine #olfa #stephskardalquiltsrb0418 ...

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The results of post bedtime sewing last night. A half a yard isn’t quite enough to finish my tutorial for setting these courthouse steps on point, so I added a bit of another purple for this mini. #rileyblakefabric #rileyblakedesigns #rileyblakesolids #mugrugs #confetticottons #sewing #quilt #quilting #modernquilts #modernquilting #handmade #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #aurifil #aurifilthread #courthousesteps #skinnycourthousesteps #modernquilt #wip #quiltinprogress #machinepiecing #machinepieced #juki #jukisewingmachine #stephskardalquiltsrb0418 ...

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Mini mini quilts, or mug rugs, in progress. Using the trimmed off pieces from my skinny courthouse minis. #rileyblakefabric #rileyblakedesigns #rileyblakesolids #mugrugs #confetticottons #sewing #quilt #quilting #modernquilts #modernquilting #handmade #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #aurifil #aurifilthread #courthousesteps #skinnycourthousesteps #modernquilt #wip #quiltinprogress #machinepiecing #machinepieced #juki #jukisewingmachine #stephskardalquiltsrb0418 ...

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Cruising along on my minis and mini minis. I used to bury threads in the back, but I’ve dealt with so many tangles on the back, that now I pull them through soon after I start quilting, place them out of the way, and bury on the front. #rileyblakefabric #rileyblakedesigns #rileyblakesolids #mugrugs #confetticottons #sewing #quilt #quilting #modernquilts #modernquilting #handmade #makersgonnamake #creativelifehappylife #aurifil #aurifilthread #courthousesteps #skinnycourthousesteps #modernquilt #wip #quiltinprogress #machinepiecing #machinepieced #juki #jukisewingmachine #stephskardalquiltsrb0418 ...

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