Blog Tour Bitty Blocks: Jacobs Ladder by Greg Jones

The Blog Tour Bitty Blocks just keep getting better. Today I’m happy to introduce Greg Jones of Grey Dogwood Studio. Greg has sent some amazing block designs to Quiltmaker, so I knew he’d be perfect to contribute a new #qmbittyblock.

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Greg drafted and made 4″ Jacob’s Ladder blocks which are utterly adorable.

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Mini Jacob’s Ladder by Greg Jones of Grey Dogwood Studio, #qmbittyblocks

And while they’re totally cute just as shown above, just wait until you see what they do when you twist and turn them, and set them together!

Greg wrote me:

I’m always drawn to classic quilt blocks; I love their structure and repetition. Remaking this vintage block in miniature is a modern way to freshen it up. And what could be a more perfect seasonal color combination than red and green?! I’ve used Fig Tree’s Farmhouse fabric, along with a few pieces of older Fig Tree fabrics.

I overcut my squares which allows me PLENTY of fabric to trim. This does waste a tiny amount of fabric but guarantees that my blocks are always exactly the correct size. To make them, I round up by 1″ – so in this case, I used 3.5″ squares of fabric to create 2.5″ half-square triangles. I square them up using an Omnigrid ruler.

So please make note: Greg cut his half-square triangles oversized and then trimmed them down for perfect accuracy on these small patches. If you prefer to make them to the exact size, use your preferred method to make HSTs that will finish at 2″ x 2″ (2-1/2″ unfinished).

Our instructions guide you to use the oversized patches and then trim them down.

Materials and Cutting

(Printer-friendly instructions here)
For one 4″ finished block:

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These are the patches needed for one Jacob’s Ladder block.

 

Print (shown red):
1 square 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″

4 squares 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″

 

Background (shown white):

1 square 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″

4 squares 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″

 

 

Layer the 3-1/2″ red and white squares with right sides together. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of one square. Sew 1/4″ out on both sides of the drawn line as indicated by the blue lines below.

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Cut between the two lines of stitching, open the patches and press toward the red fabric. You’ll get 2 half-square triangles.

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Trim the half-square triangles to 2.5″ x 2.5″.

Trim to 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ as shown above.

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Two half-square triangles are needed for each Jacob’s Ladder quilt block.

Next you’ll join the smaller squares into Four Patches. Greg believes in pinning generously and as a result his patchwork is very accurate.

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Pin generously for accuracy.

Sew the white and red small squares together into 4 pairs. Press toward the red fabric.

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Pin the intersections carefully.

Sew the pairs together into Four Patches as shown below. Lay out the half-square triangles and the Four Patches as shown.

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Lay out the half-square triangles and the Four Patches as shown.

Sew the top units together and the bottom units together in rows, and then sew the top and bottom rows together.

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One Jacob’s Ladder quilt block complete

It’s as easy as that. Darling, aren’t they? At this point they should measure 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ for a 4″ finish.

Now watch as Greg shares the blocks he made:

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Lots o’ Jacob’s Ladder blocks by Greg Jones

And plays around with how to set them. Maybe this:

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Or how about this?

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You might like this one:

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Getting excited yet? Here’s another option:

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I’m sure you’re beginning to see why Bitty Blocks are so addictive! I hope you’ll make some very soon. I know Greg has been busy making more and I can’t wait to see the results.

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Get your copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12 when you see it on newsstands!

Be sure to pick up your copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 12 when you see it, or get it from our website in print or digital formats.

See all of the blog tour posts so far.

Visit Greg Jones’s Grey Dogwood Studio blog.

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