There are Jacob's Ladder quilts all over Blogland at the moment; I originally saw Lucy's and had to make my own, then Quiltville's Bonnie put up the instructions for her Florabunda quilt, and then lots of people made one. Yankee Quilter has one, and so does Lynn, and Subee as well. This block can look so different when it's coloured in different ways, and there are even more variations when the colouring is reversed in half the blocks.
One thing that can really annoy me when putting blocks together side by side is the way the seam allowances build up. I took care to press the seams a certain way to eliminate that problem, and when the time came to put the blocks together there wasn't a single seam that didn't butt neatly together.
I had to draw a little diagram and leave it by the ironing board, because I forgot what I was doing every single day. I found the idea for this little note holder on Sew many Ways blog. She has a ton of good ideas on how to use everyday items in the sewing room or office; just click on the Tool Time button on the side.
This is a double-sided photo frame from Ikea, but it's also useful to display notes and reminders on a crowded desk. I slipped my diagram into the frame behind the photo, so whenever I needed to check what I was doing I could just swivel the frame around.
I'll have to do a series of posts on how Ikea has revolutionised my sewing room; everywhere I look I see something from that store! It's one of my favourite places to visit.
Bonnie's instructions show how to fan the seam allowances so that they match up at the edge of the block; I didn't bother with that, because on this block the fourpatches can be positioned so that the seam allowances mesh together anyway.
Because I didn't add a border I ran a line of stitching around the outside of the quilt, so that all those seams would be held tight.