Light Bright Quilt- A-Long Step 1: 4 Patches

Happy New Year Dear Readers!

Are you ready to get started with this Quilt-A-Long for Light Bright?  I know I am so without further delay lets begin!

This first step is to construct the Jacob’s Ladder blocks.  We are going to break this down into two parts.  First are the 4 patches and in the next post will be the Half Square Triangles.

Let’s take a look at these blocks and see how they are constructed!

I do want to preempt this quilt-a-long by saying I am mixing the colors in my blocks.  The black will remain constant and the colors are going to get mixed up.  This was my choice so that all the blocks would look different.  If you want to make the alternating blocks the same that is entirely up to you.

There are two alternating Jacob’s Ladder blocks in this layout.

This first Jacob’s Ladder will have the Black background forming a forward slash / like so:

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And the second Jacob’s Ladder will have the Black background forming a backward slash \ like so:light bright block b

Although at first glance these two blocks look the same they are NOT!  Looking closer, please note that all of the 4 patches are laid out so the colored squares are in the upper left corners and the lower right corners.  This will be true for every 4 patch block in the quilt and only the Half Square triangle blocks rotate position.

So let’s make all these 4 patches!  Every Jacob’s Ladder block has five 4 patch blocks.  To make these cut 2-1/2″ strips of both the colors and the black.  I started by cutting 1 strip of black for every color I was going to use, and only cutting ONE 2-1/2″ strip of each color.

I would recommend doing this first no matter what size quilt you want to make.  By playing with the colors you’ll eventually work out what works best, and looks best for you!

Take 1 strip of black and 1 color strip and sew these right sides together with a 1/4″ seam allowance.DSCF0088

Then cut the strip into 2-1/2″ segments…DSCF0094

Do this for all of your colors…pressing the seam towards the black.

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Then sew 2 of these together, matching the centers to make a 4 patch…DSCF0098

Open the seam and press…

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Each Jacob’s Ladder block needs 5 of these.  Go ahead and make as many of these 4 patches as you have cut out and put those aside.  In the next post we’ll be making the Half Square Triangle!

Stay Tuned!

~Happy Quilting!

~Cathy

 

Light Bright Quilt-A-Long Fabric Requirements!

Hi All!

Here are the fabric requirements for Light Bright!

Choose from any of these sizes: King, Queen, Twin, Lap and Crib!

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The fabric I’ll be using is called Textured Weave and it comes in 17 different colors which are available under the SHOP tab at the top of the screen.

If you want to make one using your own stash feel free to do so!  I love it when we are able to use our stashes for projects!  If you do and want to work in a similar colorway be sure to choose blacks that read as black and colors that are nice and bright against your blacks!

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Two great blacks we have in the shop right now are Feathered Swirl and Season’s Best Summer, be sure to check those out if you need them!  Both are retailing right now at $9.48 per yard.

Crib: 42” x 42”

Light Bright Crib

  • Dark Fabrics (Black, Dark Gray, Dark Blues, Dark Purples etc.) we used Textured Weave Black 1-1/4 yards
  • Bright Fabrics (choose high contrast fabrics against your dark) we used: ¼ yard each of:
    Textured Weave Bubble Gum, Mint, Royal Blue, Wine, Fuschia, Orange, Light Blue, Kelly, Purple, Bright Yellow, Beige
  • ½ Yard each of: Textured Weave Hunter, Red
  • Backing yardage: 2-1/2 yards* (*assumes piecing two lengths of fabric)
  • Binding: 1/2 yard

Lap: 66″ x 66″

Light Bright Lap

 

  • Dark Fabrics (Black, Dark Gray, Dark Blues, Dark Purples etc.) we used Textured Weave Black 2-1/2 yards
  • Bright Fabrics (choose high contrast fabrics against your dark) we used: ¼ yard each of:
    Textured Weave Fuschia, Light Blue, Kelly, Beige
  • ½ Yard each of: Textured Weave Bubble Gum, Mint, Royal Blue, Wine, Hunter, Orange, Purple, Bright Yellow
  • 1 Yard of Red
  • Backing yardage: 4-1/2 yards* (*assumes piecing two lengths of fabric)
  • Binding: 3/4 yard

Twin: 66” x 90”

Light Bright Twin

  • Dark Fabrics (Black, Dark Gray, Dark Blues, Dark Purples etc.) we used Textured Weave Black 3-1/4 yards
  • Bright Fabrics (choose high contrast fabrics against your dark) we used:¼ yard each of:Textured Weave Mint, Wine, Light Blue, Kelly, Beige
  • ½ Yard each of:Textured Weave Bubble Gum, Royal Blue, Orange, Fuschia, Purple, Bright Yellow
  • ¾ yard each of:Textured Weave Hunter
  • 1-1/4 yard Textured Weave Red
  • Backing yardage: 5-1/2 Yards* (*assumes piecing two lengths of fabric)
  • Binding: 3/4 yard

Queen: 90” x 90”

Light Bright Queen

  • Dark Fabrics (Black, Dark Gray, Dark Blues, Dark Purples etc.)we used Textured Weave Black 4-1/2 yards
  • Bright Fabrics (choose high contrast fabrics against your dark) we used ¼ yard each of:Textured Weave Fuschia, Kelly, Beige
  • ½ Yard each of:Textured Weave Bubble Gum, Royal Blue, Wine, Orange, Lt. Blue, Bright Yellow, Mint
  • ¾ yard each of:Textured Weave Hunter, Purple
  • 1-1/2 yard Textured Weave Red
  • Backing yardage: 8-1/4 yards* (*assumes piecing 3 lengths of fabric)
  • Binding: 1 yard

King: 102″ x 90″

 Light Bright King

 

  • Dark Fabrics (Black, Dark Gray, Dark Blues, Dark Purples etc.)we used Textured Weave Black 4-3/4 yards
  • Bright Fabrics (choose high contrast fabrics against your dark) we used ¼ yard each of:Textured Weave Fuschia, Beige
  • ½ Yard each of:Textured Weave Mint, Royal Blue, Wine, Orange, Lt. Blue, Kelly, Bright Yellow
  • ¾ yard each of:Textured Weave Bubble Gum, Hunter
  • 1 yard each of: Textured Weave Purple
  • 1-1/2 yard Textured Weave Red
  • Backing yardage: 8-1/4 yards* (*assumes piecing 3 lengths of fabric)
  • Binding: 1 yard

 

Please note: All calculations are based on fabric that is 44-45″ wide and a variety of colors being used.  If one color suits you over another feel free to substitute!

I’ll certainly give you all some time to gather your fabrics and if you’d like to order the Textured Weave from the shop please hurry in sooner rather than later!

The Light Bright step one will start on December 10th!

As always, please comment or email me if you have questions!

Happy Quilting!

~Cathy