2012 Block of the Month #1 Jacob’s Ladder
Jacob’s Ladder is a ladder to Heaven described in the Book of Genesis that Jacob dreams about during his flight from his brother Esau. He dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. Genesis 28:10-19
I suppose by now, you have assumed we are doing a Biblical themed block of the month. Well, if that is the case,you’re right! Personally speaking, I’ve wanted to do a quilt top based on this theme as long as I’ve been quilting, but just kept “putting it on the back burner”. So, if you’re like me, here’s your chance!
If this doesn’t appeal to you, pick and choose the blocks in our series that you like, make mutiples of them and do whatever you want. One of our group’s missions is to make charity quilts, so you could do just one block a month, then put them together and have a quilt to donate to your favorite charity. My hope is that we can grow and learn during this year as quilters, sharing our successes as well as our ‘not so easy’ successes. I want to ask you to let the group know how this process is going and offer suggestions in love to help make our BOM more enjoyable for everyone, and in that, bring us closer to our cyber sisters in this group.
Enough said, let’s get started. The pattern I have chosen for our first installment; Jacob’s Ladder is a block that first appeared in The Bureau Farmer in 1930 according to Barbara Brackman in , The Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, p. 163 (illustration 1153). There are other variations, as you may know, for this and probably most patterns, including one variation that first appeared in 1940 in Woman’s Day and looks like the familiar pattern Tumbling Blocks, also noted in Ms. Brackman’s book p. 27 (illustartion 142b). If you are an owner of the book titled Carrie Hall Blocks you will find it illustrated under Patterned Blocks, p. 114 and offers template patterns if you enjoy peicing in that manner. This pattern may be also known as Stepping Stones or Road to California. So you see, you can call your pattern whatever you want! The pattern can be found at; quilterscache.com/J/JacobsLadderBlock.html.
Please post a picture of your completed block in your folder when finished and let us all share in your success. Have fun!