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.
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Normally directions for the half square triangle blocks would read: Cut 4 7/8″ squares and then cut diagonally. Personally I use my AccuQuilt GO! cutting machine and dies for 90% of my half square triangle cutting. You get accurate cuts in no time at all this way. The AccuQuilt GO! 8″ Qube set of eight dies includes a 4″ finished half square triangle die which works for this die.
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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 6 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!
I have completed the baby quilt using the Jacob’s Ladder variation block, you’ll want to check out my new blog post about it!
Jacob’s Ladder Box quilt pattern is now available as a PDF with instructions and full color diagrams to make it in 5 different sizes!
Looking for other quilt block tutorials? Check out the ones I have, more coming all the time.
Be sure to pin this to Pinterest if you don’t have time to make it now!