Patchwork & Quilting

Unexpected Starts

It’s gone. Posted. Ready to be hung and judged by strangers….

It’s actually quite a nice feeling to finally sit back and not have to worry about getting it finished before the cut off date.  Ah, relief!

However, this does not mean I haven’t been doing anything. On the contrary I’ve started, unexpectedly, another new quilt as well as completed my August Craftsy BOM.

I’m currently taking another class on Craftsy called Magical Jelly Roll Quilts. Although I’m not using jellyrolls, charm packs or layer cakes, I’ve been able to finally find the perfect project to break into my luscious Denyse Schmidt fabrics. The first project is making a Jacob’s Ladder Quilt. This is what the block looks like…

It’s made of five four-patch units and four half-triangle units. It’s quite an easy block to make up but is time consuming to put together (cutting, sewing and pressing). Here are the stats for this quilt:

  • 320 (2.5inch) squares
  • 64 half-square triangles
  • 80 four-patch units
  • 16 blocks
  • 1 quilt

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I am happy with how it’s coming together. It’s looking very scrappy, which I intended it to be, and have only four more blocks to make to complete the quilt top. I’m thinking of adding a flying-geese border with the left over 2.5inch squares to frame the main quilt design – I think that might look good. I have no idea what I’m going to do with it when it’s finished; I might stash it away and enter it into a quilt competition some time down the track.

[CLICK HERE] To see my Jacob’s Ladder Quilt Finished!

[CLICK HERE] To see my Jacob’s Ladder Block video tutorial!

It’s August! (Winter’s almost over! Huzzah!) Which means I had two new Craftsy BOM to make. Stars are this month’s theme and I learnt how to make the Ohio Star Block and a Double Star Block.

I like the Ohio Star Block best (the top one), it’s simple yet has character.

Any-who, I’ve got four more Jacob’s Ladder blocks to make up and then some much needed crashing-on-the-couch-and-watching-mind-numbing-tv to do….

Happy Sewing! xx

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37 thoughts on “Unexpected Starts

  1. Thanks for the reminder of Jacob’s Ladder quilt. I’m going to bring it to my quilting group for the homeless shelters.
    Joannie

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    1. Thanks!
      This block is pretty simple to make when you break it down into manageable sections. If you’re keen on learning how to make this block (and others), check out my easy-to-follow tutorials! 🙂

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      1. Hi Amanda. My question is.. you tell how many 2.5 inch blocks needed for the Jacob’s Ladder quilt in gray and white as main colors, but what size are the 64 HST’s. I also wasn’t sure about yardage for the gray or white so I purchases 2.5 yards of each. I always can use extra fabric, but want to be sure I purchased enough.

        Thanks

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      2. Hi Ramona!
        Sorry for my late reply, I’ve just come back from a two week holiday!
        For the white and grey squares, you will need to cut 32 squares measuring 4&7/8″ from each fabric. Then cross cut them once so that you end up with the 64 HSTs.
        Hope this info helps! 👍

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  2. Since I can’t seem to tell my son and his family ‘no’, I will now be making two quilts this year’s Christmas. I really like the first pattern, and I wonder I you could give me an idea of how much fabric will be needed for the triangle squares. I’m going to use jelly rolls on the rest.
    Thank you so much!
    Karen

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    1. Hi Karen! Thanks for stopping by my blog!
      Wow, you’re making two quilts for Christmas! Gosh your family is lucky!!
      It’s been a while since I made this quilt but I believe I used AT LEAST 1 metre/yard of fabric of the white and grey solid fabrics.
      I love that you’re planning on using jelly rolls for the four patch units! I would love to see the finished result! 😊

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    1. Hi Jaye! Thanks for visiting my blog!
      I had a look at the block you’re making and I love it! Those fabrics together are looking really great! I love all of the fabrics by Bonnie and Camille – they’re just so fresh, vibrant and fun!
      Wishing you all the best with your sewing and blog writing! 😊

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      1. Hi Amanda,
        I am glad I ran across your blog!

        I love the Bonnie and Camille fabrics as well, though they needed a bit of a spark, so I added some other fabrics in those colors to give them a boost. I am trying to be very controlled in this version as my previous attempt got a little mushy looking.
        Take care,
        Jaye

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      2. Hi Jaye! I can definitely relate with the ‘mushy looking’ analogy! Nine times out of ten, I’ll end up with a finished block that looks too busy and just plain wrong!
        Thanks always for stopping by! 🙂

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  3. Hi Amanda. Thank you for sharing your beautiful quilt on pin. The stats of the quilt was very helpful. I used my new toy “Go baby accuquilt” for this quilt.
    Hopefully my quilt will turn out as beautiful as yours.
    Happy quilting.

    Elaine

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  4. When I first saw your Jacob s ladder on Pinterest, I thought you were using postage stamp blocks. As I’m in the midst of making same, I thought oh how clever, if I get bored with all those little squares or just tired of making them, this is a very attractive design. Thanks for the inspiration. I love your Jacob’s ladder.

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  5. What size quilt did you make? I love the quilt you made. It’s very beautiful and has inspired me to make a Jacob’s Ladder quilt. I really don’t like to quilt but I really want to make this quilt. Thanks for sharing your quilt.

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