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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume #6

Well now that the campaign is over and we can finally get on with our lives, it is time to focus just on quilting! ( more political ads!)

I am lucky enough to be included in the current 100 Blocks blog tour for the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 6. My block is #586 on page 60 and is called Ladder Up. It came about while I was working on a new collection of fabrics for RJR called Civil War Ladies by Pat Nickols. I wanted to work with a block that would incorporate as many of the fabrics from the collection as I could and wanted it to be traditional to the period, so I chose a Jacob's Ladder block that looked like this.
I usually like to change a block somewhat to make it different and to be able to create secondary blocks when they are put together so I added a few more smaller triangles in the corners and I came 
up with this. Even though the block has a lot of pieces it is not a complicated block, but when you use it in a quilt it creates a whole different look. 

Here you can see when you put the blocks together it creates a spinning star in between the ladders plus a pinwheel block in the intersection of the ladders. I was very happy with this design and went on to use a small stripe in the triangle border to frame the quilt. The pattern is called Jacob's Ladder and is available on my website. (Along with many of the fabrics used in the quilt on sale!)                                                            
 If you are visiting my blog and did not know about the Quiltmaker's blog tour you can go to Quiltmaker and see other blocks in the series and visit other blogs. Each one of us are giving away the current issue of 100 Blocks Volume 6 and you also have a chance on the Quiltmaker's website to win a wonderful mug with many of the blocks on them.

To be eligible to win a free magazine you need to leave a comment at the end of my blog. Be sure to leave some kind of contact information. I have drawn names in the past and people have lost out on their winnings because they did not leave an email address with the message. You email addresses are not shared with anyone and if you do not want other people to see it then leave me a message on my contact me page on my website Gateway Quilts & Stuff.

Please let me know what you think of my block and if you get a chance to visit my website look at some of my newest kits including Sweet Dreams featured in Quilt magazine. It is made with a wonderful Robyn Pandolph RJR collection called True Vintage.

Thank you for visiting me and good luck. Remember, always do what you love and love what you do.