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Thread: Jacob's Ladder

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    Hello, I am trying to put together a small quilt with the Jacob's Ladder blocks. I noticed in the pictures I have found, that the blocks were sewn together without stipping (clueless what else to call it) in between. They are continuous blocks. I am new at quiliting but have sewn for years. Would it look dumb to set them together with the stripping in between? None of my blocks have the same material in them.

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    No not dumb; just preference (smile). Lay a few out with stripping in between to see how you like it. Send us pics.

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    I love that pattern!! It's one of my favorites. Hope to see a pic!

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    I think the word you're looking for is "sashing" - strips between blocks to set them off. Sashing helps each block stand out and whether you use it is your choice. With no sashing each block merges into the next one and so is not as noticable.

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    Murphy - that is a good idea. I will try that first.

    Susan- I am not sure that I a picture worthy yet with my work. I really like the pattern by I am struggling with the triangles (the split block) matching. I seem to be off center with those. The small squares are perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hope2quilt
    Murphy - that is a good idea. I will try that first.

    Susan- I am not sure that I a picture worthy yet with my work. I really like the pattern by I am struggling with the triangles (the split block) matching. I seem to be off center with those. The small squares are perfect.
    Hope2quilt, Just keep at it and before long you will master those triangles! I, too, am a new quilter. I am now working on a scrappy quilt that has 15 inch blocks. In each block are 137 pieces -- what was I THINKING of?! Many of those pieces are finished 1 inch squares, and ugh, I have made such a mess of them. However, I've noticed that as the project has continued, my seams are matching MUCH better. It was a struggle at first, but I decided that mis-matched seams were better than no seams at all (better than quiting), so I persisted. Now I see a big improvement between the first and the last set of blocks. Don't get discouraged, you will get better with practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hope2quilt
    Murphy - that is a good idea. I will try that first.

    Susan- I am not sure that I a picture worthy yet with my work. I really like the pattern by I am struggling with the triangles (the split block) matching. I seem to be off center with those. The small squares are perfect.
    matching those triangles can be very hard in the beginning. here is one tutorial i found from this board - http://www.waukinvnetcorp.com/myquiltgenie/mgq_hst.php

    if you do a search for half square triangles you will find a lot of other information on making them easier.

    keep quilting and show us your work. there are no quilting police here and many who will help.

    and don't forget, a very consistant 1/4" seam allowance is vital to matching pieces.

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    You probably mean sashing, and no, in a traditional Jacob's Ladder there is no sashing. The placement of the dark/light triangles creates the appearance of the "ladder".

    This does not mean that you can't do your own variation WITH sashing. It just means that your ladders have a landing.

    Jacob's ladder is one of my favorites. Mine is a variation too.
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    MadQuilter - that is a GORGEOUS quilt.

    I was also wondering what would be the difference with that design with/without sashing - worked this up in EQ7. The actual look would depend, of course, on your color scheme, but I like it with sashing!

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    Dunster - that is really cool both ways. My blocks are all different colors. I have one put together but I have a lot cut out waiting. I love doing this! There are so many toys!

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    Martina,

    I like yours. Mine does not look like that at all. My pattern says it is Jacob's ladder. I will get my husband's camera tonight and take a picture of the one I completed.

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    This is good. I did not know there were tutorials Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hope2quilt
    Martina,

    I like yours. Mine does not look like that at all. My pattern says it is Jacob's ladder. I will get my husband's camera tonight and take a picture of the one I completed.
    I love the way hers looks also. She substituted the pinwheel for the 4-patch in the corner and it makes a whole 'nuther look.

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    MOMtoboston terriors, I never heard of that kind of quilt. It sounds cool. My grandma use to make what she called a strip quit. She literally cut strips and sewed them together. She had no pattern. It looked really cool when she was done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hope2quilt
    MOMtoboston terriors, I never heard of that kind of quilt. It sounds cool. My grandma use to make what she called a strip quit. She literally cut strips and sewed them together. She had no pattern. It looked really cool when she was done.
    That's still a good way to go.

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    Here are my first two Jacob's Ladder blocks. One is better than the other. I did find the pattern that was posted which is slightly different than this one.
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    That will be pretty. Those blue triangles are gonna pop and the brown will balance them out nicely.

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    Thanks Martina. These two are not perfect squares but maybe when I set the quilt together, they will square up a bit more. I do not have enought material to make the whole quilt with these colors exactly. I may have to go shopping and pick up some similar colors.

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