Monday, January 20, 2020

JACOB'S LADDER QUILT BLOCK

The Jacob's Ladder quilt block is a variation of a 9-patch quilting block. It's a combination of 4 half square triangle units and 5 four patch units.

Line them all up correctly and you get a diagonal pattern in each direction that makes up the piece.

Jacob's Ladder Quilt Block

I'm making a quilt this year, and I'm really excited to share each quilt block as I go. I'm planning to share at least one block a month with full instructions on how to make them.

This is a new skill that I'm learning, so if any of you seasoned quilters have tips for me, I'd love to hear them!

JACOB'S LADDER QUILT BLOCK


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pieced quilt block using squares and triangles

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SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR A 12" JACOB'S LADDER BLOCK



FABRIC REQUIREMENTS FOR 12" JACOB'S LADDER QUILT BLOCK

1/4 yard of EACH - a dark color and a light color of material

For the four patch squares you will need:

  • 2 strips of fabric (one dark and one light) 2 1/2" X 30"

For the half square triangles you will need:

  • 4 pieces of fabric (two dark and one light) 5" square
(I used a different color for the dark on the half square triangles as I did for the four patches. If you choose to do that, then you will need 1/4 yard of another dark color.)



HOW TO ASSEMBLE AND SEW THE JACOB'S LADDER QUILT BLOCK



First, you will need to make:


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Jacob's ladder quilt pieces ready to sew

Lay out the pieces. Follow the image above as a guideline.

Make sure that all of the four patches are facing the same way with the dark color creating a diagonal down the center. The darker points of the half square triangle should be facing toward the center.


sew each row together

Begin sewing the pieces together. I like to sew them into rows first. Beginning at the top and with right sides together, sew the top three pieces together into a strip. Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Repeat with each row.

nest the seams together when sewing

An important part of getting the pieces to fit well together is called nesting. Basically you press the seams in opposite directions. Then the seams will lay flat and fit right into each other, like they do in the above picture.

It can get confusing to know which way to press in order for nesting to work properly. But with this block, it's fairly simple. For each row, press the seams toward the 4-patch blocks. 

Now sew each row to the next. Take care to keep right sides together and keep the rows lined up correctly.

Once it's all sewn together, press the seam toward the middle.




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MORE QUILT BLOCK TUTORIALS

These are a few of the blocks that are coming soon. Once I've completed the tutorial, I will add a link here.




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fabric blocks ready to assemble the jacob's ladder quilt block

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