Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Quarter of Nine #13

This Quilt




Begins With




A Jacob's Ladder Block

A Jacob's Ladder block is a nine patch block; it is made by sewing 9 squares together. Five of them are four patch squares and the other four are half-square triangles.

When the Jacob's Ladder block is cut into quarters the result is 2 different Quarter of Nine blocks.

The 4 Quarter of Nine blocks are rearranged...

...then sewn back together, making a new block.

Eight of the new block are arranged in a pattern and then sewn together to make a quilt.

Jacob's Ladder is not the only block you can do this with. Any traditional nine patch block can be cut into quarters and the resulting Quarter of Nine blocks rearranged to create new quilt designs.


  1. Like it ! Simple and very effective.

    Judy B

  2. I love what you did with this block! The quilt design is definitely a keeper. Thank you for sharing.

  3. I really like the design, but what about the seams allowances in the middle of the 9-patch? After cutting into a 4-patch, do you trim off those seam allowances??

  4. Roos, Judy, Kat & Potpourri

    Thanks for your kind words. I'm glad you like my quilt.

    The new block is a problem, however, because now I have to come up with a name for it. What do you think of Broken Ladder?

  5. Eileen

    You are obviously thinking.

    Yes, when I cut the Jacob's Ladder block into quarters I had to trim off the seam allowances of the 4-patch that was in the center of the block.

    When I sewed the new block the new 4-patch in the center was offset by 1/4 inch in two directions.

    When I sewed the quilt the "hearts" had jogs.

    If I were to make the new Broken Ladder block from scratch, then I could make a true 4-patch at the center and loose the jogs in the "hearts".

    But I like the jogs, so I'm happy with it the way it is.