Spring continues to flourish at my house,
blooms, green grass and sunshine abound......it's a beautiful thing!!
OK, just in case you forgot...
Hurray!! Jake is done!
Jane at Too Good To Be Through left the following comment about Jake and it is such a good description of this quilt I thought I would share it again, "Dark denim meets Brooks Brothers Chinos meets crisp white shirts."
Thanks so much for all the comments encouraging me to stick with this project. I liked it the whole time I worked on it, I just felt like it was sooooo sloooooow going. Like I was just getting nowhere. Adding to that feeling was the fact that I've just not been able to spend as much time in my sewing room as usual.
Jake is quilt number 57, finished at 55" x 67" , is made up of 80 six inch blocks, and has 1,250 pieces.
And lookie here.......
I received two really great tutorials that got me through the process. Call Me Crazy at Crazy 'bout Quilts suggested a tutorial by Jaybird Quilts. I also got a tutorial mailed to me from a friend. They both used the same method, which was a big help.
One thing that I wasn't sure about, and was not addressed in my two tutorials, was how to get a design to match perfectly. I just figured if I cut each strip exactly the same, it would all work out. And it did!!
The first two corners went together perfectly. I did the third corner the exact same way, but it just would not lay flat when pieced. I tried it 3 times and was just not happy. So I moved on to corner 4, it went together OK, but not as perfectly as corners 1 and 2, but good enough. I then went back and did corner 3 for a fourth time....I'm sure it will look fine when it's quilted, but it's not as perfect as I would like. Guess there's something to be said for beginners luck.
I like the look of mitered corners, I think I will do this more often. The tutorial by Jaybird Quilts is for mitered multiple borders, that looks really sharp too.
Don't forget, if you would like to make this quilt you can get the pattern, Climbing Jacob's Ladder II by River's Bend Quilts and a kit at The Quilt Merchant.
Next up, Wild Goose Chase!