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. The Steps to the Altar quilt block is traditionally set on the diagonal, with half-squares used to fill out the edges and corners.

Click on image to print the 5" block of the Steps to the Altar Quilt Pattern.

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