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Many quiltmakers like to make six inch quilt blocks in order to use a greater variety of blocks in a sampler style quilt. Another reason might be to test out the look of a block in a smaller size in order to save on the fabrics (just in case the block looks very different than in your imagination).
Whatever your reason for creating six inch blocks, the pieces are all just smaller versions of larger sized quilt blocks -- such as the most popular size, the 12" quilt block. This is what makes quiltmaking so exciting -- you are the designer and get to choose all the components.
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.
~ Rocky Road
~ Golden Stairs
(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.)