Free Pattern: Jacob’s Ladder
I’m excited to offer my first blog tutorial: click the link above for step-by-step photo instructions to make Jacob’s Ladder blocks. Please drop me a line and let me know what you think: I look forward to seeing your blocks from my instructions.
UPDATE: everyone who responded preferred the print version to the slide show, so I’ve removed it and replaced the links with a print tutorial HERE. Please note that there are some rather odd page breaks: the format is set by WordPress and I have been unable to adjust it.
Click on the thumbnail photos for full size pictures and navigate through the lesson using the arrows on the pictures.
UPDATE: Class Handouts for Jacob’s Ladder Beginners class are available for purchase now at Quilter’s Neighbourhood
I’ve been teaching Beginner’s Quilting Classes at Serge and Sew for a number of years. We start with choosing fabric and continue through basic rotary cutting and sewing techniques to basting, machine quilting and binding the quilts.
Most students start the classes worrying about their abilities to make something that seems so complex: there are a lot of little squares and triangles in a quilt! I spend a lot of time reassuring and “cheerleading” through the first few weeks. But, sooner or later, each student seems to have that “aha!” moment when she realizes “I can do this!” It’s that spark of excitement that keeps me coming back season after season to introduce new people to this grand obsession!
Even though each class uses the same set of instructions based on the Jacob’s Ladder pattern from The Word in Patchwork, every student’s work is unique and uniquely beautiful. My favourite quilts are often ones where students choose fabric I would never pick or when they put together combinations that seem a little too wild for my taste.
I’ve loved to see the camaraderie develop as students offer suggestions and advice along the way (although I sometimes have to step in when they’re beyond their depth and passing their ignorance around!) By the end of the class, they’re often making plans for lunch or coffee. It’s wonderful when they include me as they come back together to show off their first efforts. The group in the picture to the left met for tea a couple of months after the last class. It was a wonderful afternoon of encouragement, and laughter and show and tell!
Interested in my beginner’s class? If you’re in the Nanaimo area, stop in at Serge and Sew to sign up for this or other classes. Can’t get into a shop for a beginner’s class, or interested in a lesson plan for your own students? Check out our class handout PDF.
Looking for more beginner-friendly blocks? Jacob’s Ladder is the first block in The Word in Patchwork – designed to teach beginners the basics along with some slightly more complicated blocks in a Bible Block sampler.