This is a quick tutorial for a vintage block with lots of possibilities!
These blocks finish at 8 inches (AKA- jellyroll scrap friendly). Also, I made more than one block at a time so that I could switch around my HSTs (half square tringles) blocks to get a scrappy look.
For each block you will need:
4 – 2 1/2 in squares color A (warm colors in photo)
4 – 2 1/2 in squares background (low volume in photo)
2 – 5 1/2 in squares one color B and one background (color B is cool color)
First, I made the HSTs. To do this, draw a line diagonally across the back of the background (low volume) square that is 5 1/2 in. Then, sew 1/4 in away along both sides of the line you just drew.
Then, cut along the line, and press the HSTs towards the dark fabric. Trim each HST to 4 1/2 in square.
Next, make two 4 square blocks using the 2 1/2 in squares. Press. Here’s what things should look like:
Next, just sew these 4 smaller blocks together to get your finished Jacob’s Ladder block.
This is a great block to burn through different sized scraps, so go ahead and ATTACK your scraps!
To make a larger block, simply cut the pieces larger using:
4 – 3 1/2 in squares color A
4 – 3 1/2 in squares background
2 – 7 1/2 in squares, one color B and one background.
Using the same instructions as above you will have a finished 12 in block.