Steps to the Altar Quilt Block
The Steps to the Altar historical quilt block has been created for centuries to grace a future-brides hope chest. The block can be made in multiple colors for an energetic, eye-catching focal point or made of a limited palette to blend with a room's decor. The pattern should be about 10-1/2 inches square or 15 inches on the diagonal.
Alternating the pattern block with plain squares is common. Straight-line quilting is used to accent the patterned blocks while fancy quilt-work is often applied to the plain blocks for contrast. This Steps to the Altar quilt block is traditionally set on the diagonal, with half-squares used to fill out the edges and corners.