I began the Jack and Six quilt with two different blocks and ended up with a quilt that looked too complicated – with no particular benefit to the design. I simplified it down so that I was just using two versions of the Jack and Six block (also known as the Tennessee quilt block) and I think that I’ve come up with a much more pleasing quilt. It measures 46″ square, using sixteen 9″ blocks finished size. I used 1/2 yard of light blue fabric with 3/4 yard each of dark blue, red and white fabrics. As usual you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the Jack and Six quilt
3.1/2″ squares: sixteen dark blue, twenty eight light blue, four red
3.7/8″ squares: eight each in light blue and white, forty each in dark blue and white
For the borders you’ll need eight 2.1/2″ red strips cut across the width of fabric and four 1.1/2″ strips of dark blue fabric cut across the width
Making the Jack and Six quilt
Make half square triangle units with the 3.7/8″ squares. Place a white square right sides together with either a dark blue or a light blue square and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.
The basic layout for the jack and six quilt block is a simple nine patch block.
There are two light blue and one dark blue square along the diagonal. In the top left corner there’s a light blue/white half square triangle and all the other spaces are taken with dark blue/white half square triangles. Note that in the top left corner the half square triangles all have the colour to the top left of the square while in the bottom right corner the half square triangles all have the colour to the bottom right of the square.
Sew the squares together across the rows and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block. You need to make twelve of this version of the jack and six quilt block.
For the remaining four blocks I have made a slight alteration, using a red square in the middle rather than a light blue square. Apart from this, the layout is exactly the same as for the basic block above.
Assembling the jack and six quilt
Lay the squares out in four rows of four blocks.
Rows one and four are the same as each other, with four of the basic blocks side by side.
Rows two and three are each made with a basic block at each end and two alternate blocks with red squares in the middle.
Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
For the first quilt border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of red. You’ll need two lengths of 36.1/2″ for the top and bottom of the quilt and two lengths of 40.1/2″ for the sides.
The second border is made with 1.1/2″ strips of dark blue fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 40.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the sides.
For the third border I returned to the 2.1/2″ red strips. You’ll need two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the top and bottom, with two lengths of 46.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the jack and six quilt. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
Christmas is approaching very quickly and I thought that you might like to see a couple of local Christmas scenes. The Birmingham Bull has his Christmas outfit on and a lot of the city centre has been taken over by the German Christmas Market. These owls caught my eye at one of the stalls. They are made in some sort of basket work type of stuff (technical term that!).