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Today’s quilt block is a variation of the Jacob’s Ladder block. I am working on a baby quilt and thought this would be a fun quilt block to use.
I have no idea if there is a name for this block, if you know, be sure and leave it in the comments.
Jacob’s Ladder Quilt Block Variation
I am using a fat quarter bundle of batiks called Graphic Gems from Island Batik. The colors are beautiful in this collection!
I decided not to use the light fat quarters, I have another quilt project that will be perfect for these.
Did you know that Island Batik now has solid batiks? There are 14 different colors. I am using their white and gray batiks for my blocks.
Island Batik’s A Piece of Blog Hop is going on right now and there is a giveaway you can enter on their blog.
I know many quilters do not like to mix batiks with regular quilting fabrics but honestly……I do it all the time and never have a problem. I am even a big fan of using muslin with my batiks. Lets face it, quilt fabrics are expensive. When I use muslin I choose a premium brand.
AccuQuilt GO! cutter and dies for 90% of my half square triangle cutting. The AccuQuilt GO! 8″ Qube set of eight dies includes a 4″ finished half square triangle die which I use over and over.
If I do use my rotary cutter (like I did for this block I will usually cut my blocks a little bigger – round it up to an even 5 inches.
When I have the half square triangles done I will use a ruler which has a diagonal line on it to trim my blocks to a perfect 4½” square.
Making the Jacob’s Ladder variation quilt block:
Use a ¼” seam allowance
Step 1: Make Half Square Triangles
- Cut 3 white 5″ squares
- Cut 3 dark 5″ squares
- Draw a diagonal line on the back of each white 5″ square
- Place right sides together, layer one white square on top of a dark square and sew ¼” on each side of marked lines
- Cut along the diagonal line
- Press seams open to reduce bulk or to the dark fabric
- Trim the half square triangle squares to 4½” square using a square ruler
- Make a total of half square triangle blocks
Step 2: Make 4 patch squares
- Cut 6 white 2½” squares
- Cut 6 gray 2½” squares
- Place right sides together, layer one white square on top of a dark square and sew
- Repeat this 6 times
- Sew 2 sets of these together for 4 patch blocks
- Make a total of 3 – 4 patch blocks
The block will measure 12½” x 12½”
Now I had better get back upstairs and work on the rest of the Jacob’s Ladder variation quilt blocks!
Looking for other quilt block tutorials? Check out the ones I have, more coming all the time.