Four patch quilt blocks are constructed of four quadrants. Single patches or several pieced patches can be used in each quadrant of a quilt block. Each quadrant will be one quarter of the quilt block.

Four patch quilt blocks can be in any category of difficulty from easy to intermediate or challenging. The difference in the difficulty is based on the number of pieces that make up each quadrant.

Jacob's Ladder

Free Quilt Block Pattern

The Jacob's Ladder quilt block fits into the easy category of quilt blocks because it contains only two shapes -- the square and half square triangle patches. It could also be considered an intermediate block due to the number of pieces in the pattern. It is a nine patch block, which is one of the most commonly used quilt block styles.

The sample quilts illustrate the use of four quilt blocks to make a single, larger quilt block. This allows for rotation of the individual four blocks to create a secondary pattern.

Similar Block ~ Rocky Road

(As a side note, Jacob's Ladder was one of the quilt blocks used to leave secret messages in quilts made to assist escaping slaves along the "Underground Railroad" on their path to freedom. The book Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad tells that story of how these quilts were used -- which is quite a fascinating read.)