I’ve made the Jacobs Ladder Diamond quilt using a variation of the Jacobs Ladder quilt block, but I’ve used rotations of the block to give the diamond design and I’ve put a red square in the middle to tie in with the red border.
The quilt measures 84″ square and I’ve used thirty six 12″ square blocks. Fabric used was 1.1/4 yards of dark blue, 1.3/4 yards of medium blue with 2 yards of light blue, 3/4 yard each of yellow and green and 1.3/4 yards of red. You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer. I have deliberately used solid fabrics because I want to use quilting to highlight the diamond shapes and I thought that this would show up better with plain rather than patterned fabrics. You can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the Jacobs Ladder Diamond quilt
2.1/2″ squares: three hundred and fifty six medium blue, four red, two hundred and eighty eight light blue, sixteen dark blue
4.7/8″ squares: thirty six each in green and light blue, thirty six each in yellow and dark blue
For the border you will need to cut four 6.7/8″ squares in red and in dark blue, together with eight 6.1/2″ red strips cut across the width of fabric.
Make half square triangle units
Make half square triangles using the 4.7/8″ squares in light blue/green and in dark blue/yellow. Place two squares with right sides together 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 4.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.
You’ll also need to make half square triangles with the 6.7/8″ red and dark blue squares for the border. These will give you 6.1/2″ squares.
Make the four patch units
There are so many four patch units required that I would recommend strip piecing. Sew 2.1/2″ lengths of light blue/medium blue or medium blue/dark blue together along the length. Cut at 2.1/2″ intervals. This will give you rectangles 4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″, each containing two squares. Sew these rectangles together in pairs, rotating them so that the colours are diagonally opposite each other.
You will need four of these units with a red square replacing the medium blue in the top left corner.
Assemble the Jacobs Ladder quilt block
Lay the squares out in three rows of three. In the first row there’s a light blue/medium blue at each end and a light blue/green half square triangle in the middle. The second row is made with a medium blue/light blue four patch unit in the middle, a green/light blue triangle unit n the left and a dark blue/yellow triangle unit on the right. For the third row you need a medium blue/light blue four patch unit on the left, a yellow/dark blue triangle unit in the middle and a medium blue/dark blue four patch unit on the right.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block. Make thirty two of these.
Assemble the alternate block
I have changed just one square in the alternate block. The top left square is red instead of medium blue. You need to make four of this version of the block.
Assemble the Jacobs Ladder Diamond quilt
Sew the blocks together in six rows of six. Rows one and two are exactly the same as each other. I’ll describe the blocks in terms of the stripe formed by the lines of the triangles. In the first three blocks these stripes go up from bottom left to top right. For the second three blocks the stripes go down from top left to bottom right
In row three the first two and last two blocks are the same as in the first two rows. The middle two blocks are the alternate blocks and they are placed so that the red squares are side by side at the bottom of the row.
Row four is where the design starts to form the bottom part of the overall diamond design. The first two blocks have the stripes going down from top left to bottom right. These are followed by two alternate blocks with the red squares together at the top of the row. In the final two blocks the stripes go up from bottom left to top right.
Finally rows five and six are the same as each other. The first three blocks in these rows have the stripes running down from top left to bottom right while the last three blocks have the stripes running up from bottom left to top right.
Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
Add the quilt border
The borders are made with two red/dark blue triangles in the middle and lengths of red fabric on either side. For the top and bottom of the quilt sew 30.1/2″ lengths of red to each side of the triangles. Sew 36.1/2″ lengths of red to the sides of the triangles for the sides of the quilt. The half square triangles are made from 6.7/8″ squares and the red fabric strips are 6.1/2″ wide.
That completes the Jacobs Ladder Diamond quilt top. 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:
There are no sightseeing photos this week, I’m afraid. I’ve had real problems with my computer system and most of the week has been spent trying to sort these out. This morning I’m off to the dentist and this afternoon I shall sit back and relax!