Louisa Enright's Blog

Mainely Tipping Points

Posts Tagged ‘Jacob’s Ladder quilt block

Turkey Tracks: “Winter Blue Jays” Quilt

with 3 comments

Turkey Tracks:  October 3, 2016

“Winter Blue Jays” Quilt

My oldest grandchild turned THIRTEEN in late September.

How did that happen?

Of course I sent him a quilt for his quilt collection.

One of my childhood memories is playing in the sandy, rock-lined paths of my grandmother’s Reynolds, Georgia, garden when some baby Blue Jays fledged.  They were beyond adorable, and, of course, I tried to catch one.  The next thing I knew, Mama Blue Jay was flying around my head, pulling my hair, beating my head with her wings, and making a terrible racket.

Up here in Maine, I don’t see Blue Jays much in the summer.  But in winter, they arrive in flocks at my feeders, and they are so pretty.  They like a flat feeder, so I have one for them.

I bought the backing for Bowen’s quilt a few years back because I instantly fell in love with it

img_1045

I put my childhood story on the label so Bowen would always see my deep attachment to the wonders of nature.

img_1046

This quilt came out of the four-patch journey I went on two summers ago where I sewed all the two-inch blocks into light/dark four-patches.  I also used the 3 1/2-inch strips I had already cut and stored to make the light/dark half-square triangles–with the Easy Angle ruler.  ( I use Bonnie Hunter’s stash management system, as I’ve written about many times on this blog.)  The block in this quilt is the classic Jacob’s Ladder block–a 9 patch.  I had some light shirting fabric that I thought went really well with this quilt for the binding.

The quilt is a classic, like Bowen.

img_1042

I used a soft blue thread and a gently curving feather pantograph.

img_1044

img_1043

Written by louisaenright

October 3, 2016 at 4:22 pm

Turkey Tracks: Jacob’s Ladder Quilt block

leave a comment »

July 13, 2016

Jacob’s Ladder Quilt Block

Finished the Jacob’s Ladder blue/neutral quilt top a while back.  Have not slowed down to QUILT IT though.

I am so, so, so enjoying this summer and have been outside a lot and just…busy.

These blocks use the four-patch blocks I made from the 2-inch square bin SUMMER BEFORE LAST!!

IMG_1390

I’ve had this backing fabric for some years now–loved it on sight and bought it on sale.  It’s all ironed and ready to be sewn together.

IMG_1415 (1)

IMG_1416

Now I just have to slow down and quilt this quilt.

Written by louisaenright

July 13, 2016 at 6:35 pm