The Jacob’s Ladder quilt block is a simple block consisiting of two four patches and two half-square triangles.
Changing the placement of the light and dark can significantly change the look of the block, and by extension, the look of your quilt.
From easy piecing you can acheive great and varied results. Here’s a few patterns that make use of the versatility of the Jacob’s Ladder block.
Uniform Blues by Carol Hopkins Designs finishes at 29″ square. It’s a great project for blue scraps. The chosen placement of the darks creates squares of different sizes. The smaller squares in the inner border repeat the size of the smaller squares in the body of the quilt, but their on-point placement repeats the on-point setting of the largest squares.
You have to look closely to see the Jacob’s Ladder block in this one. Clever placement of colors creates stars in Stars and Ladders! Pattern includes instructions for a lap sized quilt (63″ x 63″) and for a table topper (35″ x 35″).
Alternating the dark half of the HSTs from the outside of the block to the inside creates a strong diagonal pattern in Sweet Liberty. Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts says this is a great pattern for charm packs. This quilt is 30″ x 38″ – in the right fabrics it would make a great baby gift.
No Jacob’s Ladder here, just a Lizard On A Ladder. It’s cute though, isn’t it?!
There are a few more quilt patterns with Jacob’s Ladder blocks. Have some fun with this easy block.