Friday, March 8, 2013

Elna, Jacob and the Ladder

It is finished!  

Years (maybe 6 or 7) ago I started this Jacob's Ladder quilt top and this week I finally finished it.  It was my first order of business now that elna is here.  I made quick work of the interior of the top because those blocks had already been assembled and were then sewn into larger blocks made of 4 of the 12x12 blocks.  Once I had those all assembled the quilt was already quite large and I was tempted to just leave it at that but then I showed Mark the picture in the pattern book and asked if he thought I should add the border or not and he said yes.  So I took on the challenge, pulled out the fabrics that I had used (except for the dark green - the last bits of that turned into Raphel's arms and legs) and went to cutting.  A while back I had a 60% off coupon at JoAnn and I bought a set of triangle rulers that just so randomly happened to be exactly what I needed for this project.  Serendipity!  The finished top measures almost 9x11 and contains over 1660 pieces! 

I've also learned that I should name my quilts and I'm calling this one  A Weekend in the Country because I feel like the center of the quilt  has a very small town feel but while I enjoy visiting small towns  - that's actually it - I enjoy VISITING them.   The cool grey in the border felt very urban to me, which is good - you can visit the county in the middle of the quilt but you'll always make it back to the city before you leave it.  

You might remember my cat Leroy from here or more recently here and you can rest assured that he was a huge help during this whole process (That is a total lie.  He was not helpful at all.)

Leroy loves to lay on top of things I'm working on.
Leroy tried to attack my scissors and a girl can only yell so many times "If I cut your paws off I'm not paying to have them fixed!" But at least he was willing to hold my pieces for me.
Leroy loved to lay on my "quilt log" as I was trying to sew.  Here he is in action!

Here he is laying on the quilt top - he would do this every time I needed to roll it up.  But seriously...

isn't he cute!

In case you are wondering, Willy was a perfect gentleman during the whole thing and didn't get yelled at once!

I'm linking this post up for Finished Friday!


  1. So pretty! Congrats! Will we be setting the bottom in 2020??

  2. It's gorgeous! I've always wanted to attempt Jacob's Ladder. Your cat is fabulous :D I also wanted to thank you for your sweet comment on my blog - I couldn't reply back b/c you are no-reply!

    1. Thanks for letting me know Jessica! I think I have it fixed and I should now be reply-able. Also, I wanted to let you know I checked out your competition in the Pantone Emerald contest and your quilt is hands down the best! SERIOUSLY!

  3. That is awesome! Huge too! It reminds me of my huge crocheted afghan that we took apart together. I still cringe when I think of it.
    Nice work, its beautiful.

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