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Jacobs Ladder Block
Jacob's Ladder

Jacob's Ladder is a block I have always liked...it creates a couple of secondary designs the really appeal to me. We will be making it with 3 colors: a dark, a light/medium of the same shade and white, or WOW. Be sure that you use the same shades of colors for your dark and your light...do not use two different colors in the same block...like navy blue and aqua. We will be making this one 12" finished.

NOTE: I will be giving the half-square triangles a bit larger cut as I have heard from some folks that they are having the same trouble I have getting them the exact right size...then have you square them up. If you can do this unit cutting as recommended...and I envy you if you can...subtract 1/8" from cutting size.

Posted: March 1998

Sample Quilt Layouts

You need to cut as follows:

  1. White: cut 2 5" squares; cut 1 unit 2-1/2" x 26"
  2. Light/Medium: cut 2 5" squares
  3. Dark: cut 1 unit 2-1/2" x 26"

Sewing Instructions:

  1. Draw diagonal line on wrong side of both the 5" white squares.
  2. Match right sides of squares from step#1 to right sides of same size light/medium squares; stitch 1/4" on either side of diagonal mark; cut apart on diagonal mark; press seams toward light/medium fabric.
  3. Square up half-square triangles to 4-1/2"
  4. Sew a 2-1/2" white unit to the dark unit of the same size...make sure you have an accurate 1/4" seam; press seams toward dark.
  5. Cut 10 2-1/2" sections from strip created in step#4.
  6. Match a pair of units from step#5 and stitch to create a 4-patch unit; press seam either way
  7. Square up new units to 4-1/2" - you should have 5 units.
  8. Sew a unit from step#7 to either side of a half-square triangle...make 2 units; press seam toward 4-patch.
  9. Sew the last 2 half-square triangle units to either side of the remaining 4-patch; press seams toward 4-patch
  10. Using graphics as a guide, stitch a unit from step#8 to either side of a unit from step#9; press seams toward center unit
  11. IMPORTANT: Please square up your finished block to be sure it is 12-1/2". If it is larger or smaller, check your seams and redo if necessary. If you do not check your measurements, your block may not join properly with other blocks easily to create a finished quilt.


This is what your block might look like.


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