I've been making Courthouse Steps blocks... my centers are 2" and the strips are cut 1 1/2" . So far I've made 25. There is no rhyme or reason for the fabric I am using... just yellow on the outside, darks toward the edges and lights inside. Every fabric is different except a few of the yellows I've had to repeat. The contrast will be subtle... and I am interested to see how it will come out. The ones that are safety pinned together are already squared up.
To keep track I glued my fabric to a copy of the paper pattern. Little, itty, bitty snippets of fabric - just to help me stay organized. Because with courthouse steps - you need to pay attention. I always sew in the same order - left/right first and then top/bottom. By sewing 4-5 blocks at a time chain piecing goes fairly fast without having to keep track of a huge pile of different strips. I used a pen to block out squares and "X" through them as I made them, but it is hard to see...
The more blocks I made, the harder it got to see exactly what I had made. So, I photocopied my fabric collage and then colored out the blocks already made. I discovered I had made 1 more after I took this photo. I can cross reference the 2 different papers to see what still needs to be pieced. As you can see by all the blacked out squares... I am a little more than 1/2 way done!
UPDATE: This post gets alot of traffic so I thought I would post a follow-up photo here of my top once it was pieced together:
This is a fun pattern, but next time I make it I will be using slightly larger strips/centers to make up a little bigger but without taking forever!