{Classic Quilt Blocks} Jacobs Ladder - Quilty Inspiration

Classic Quilt Blocks have been sewn for centuries, are easy to recognise and are every quilters favorite. Let's celebrate these gorgeous blocks and add them to our quilting projects!

There are so many reasons to love the Jacobs Ladder block, but its versatility has to be right up there. Switching the colour values and changing the block layout creates quilts with eye-catching designs and stunning secondary patterns.  

In today's post I'm sharing some of my favorite Jacobs Ladder quilts, and there's a mix of traditional patterns and layouts plus some variations as well - a four patch version and some tweaks to the original block. All of them illustrate how versatile this block can be, and I think you'll be inspired.

The best part is, these quilts have been designed using multiples of one block to create the pattern - if you can sew one Jacobs Ladder block, you can sew a whole quilt!

I think this quilt would have to be my favorite Jacobs Ladder quilt ever! This stunner is from Amanda at 3and3Quarters and it's a wonderful example of scrappiness and symmetry. She's used sixteen blocks for the centre of her quilt and you can play around with block sizes etc. to sew a quilt that's perfect for you. All that's left to do, is add a border!

Amanda has a free video tutorial and all the details on her blog HERE

I also love the Classic and Vintage Series: Jacobs Ladder Quilt from the Fat Quarter Shop. This one highlights those gorgeous ladders in a traditional layout - those fabrics are just darling as well! 

There's a video tutorial for a single block pattern to practice before purchasing the pattern, and the pattern includes sizes for a table topper, lap quilt, twin and queen quilt.

You can purchase a copy from the Fat Quarter Shop by following the links HERE.

The quilting on this Jungle Jive Quilt from Byannelize is beyond stunning! I can't find a pattern link for this one, so let's just stare at this quilt and be inspired. I love how the ladders float on the background fabric - very clever and very pretty!

Annelize talks all about her quilting process and the how she chose her pattern in her blog post HERE.

This design from Cosy Quilts shows how colour and layout can create a gorgeous quilt. Those stars seriously stole my heart and I love everything about this quilt! Start digging through those 2 1/2" strips and create your own version.
The pattern is designed by Daniela Stout and you can purchase a copy of the pattern HERE.

I love this scrappy version from Double Nickel Quilts. She's created a gorgeous X in the centre of her design and its so eye catching. There's no pattern, but she talks about her process and she shares other layout options as well which are just as gorgeous.

You can read more about this quilt HERE

The gorgeous Janes Ladder Quilt is a free pattern from Alison Jensen of Woodberry Way. Isn't it pretty? It's constructed a little differently than last weeks tutorial, but it still creates those gorgeous ladders. Allison has used a four patch Jacobs Ladder variation for this quilt and I love it!

This would make a beautiful baby quilt or first bed quilt for some lucky girl or boy. There's a step by step tutorial and all the details you need to sew your own version of the Moda Fabrics website HERE

The Jacobs Ladder Remix Quilt for Missouri Quilt Company is another four patch variation of the block, and I love the effect it creates. The two tone colour palette is divine as well - it gives the quilt an antique feel.

You can purchase a copy of Jenny's pattern HERE.

For something fun and modern, how about this Jacobs Ladder tweak? Two of the corner four patches have been replaced with HST's to create this stunning pattern. How clever? 

I found this on the Generations Quilt Patterns website and there's lots of other variations and ideas to tempt you. There are no pattern instructions, but there's tonnes of diagrams and inspiration to look at.

You can find all the information HERE.

So, that's just some of my favorite Jacobs Ladder quilts. There are so many wonderful patterns out there to try, but these will get you started.

Next week in my Classic Quilt Blocks series, I have a sweet and simple Jacobs Ladder mini quilt pattern for you to sew. It's such a cutie and it's basically four blocks with some sashing and cornerstones. It's going to be fun!

Happy quilting :)
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