Piece Road to California using traditional piecing.
The 2022 Quilt-along focusses on colour and tone values. Blocks are in two sizes: 12″ x 12″ and 6″ x 12″. The first Block Patterns will be ready to download shortly. Contact me to join the Thursday group in Menlyn Pretoria by sending a WhatsApp message to 0824167690. Class fees are R150 per class. The quilt finishes at 72 x 90″ (180 cm x 230cm).
“And he dreamed and behold a ladder set up on the earth and the top of it reached the heavens and behold the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.”Genesis 28:11-22
Jacob’s Ladder is a very old quilt block pattern, dating to before the American Revolutionary War. It is classified as a pioneer quilt pattern.
Jacob’s Ladder was first discussed in writing in a 1915 book called Quilts : Their Story and How to Make Them, by Marie Webster. It was the first authoritative book on the subject, making the claim that this pattern got its name from the Bible story of Jacob sleeping and receiving a vision of a ladder that led all the way to heaven.
This pattern is also known as ” The Road to California” “Stepping Stones”, “Covered Wagon”, “Road to the White House”, “Tail of Benjamin’s Kite”, “Wagon Tracks” and “Underground Railroad” depending in which area it was used.
The first publication of the pattern was in 1884, as Jacob’s Ladder. There are over a dozen variations in number of colors and values or sizes. The oldest version is done in only two colors.
In 1922, as part of the Ladies Art Company of St Louis, Missouri’s booklet Quilt Pattern Book, Patchwork and Appliqué, featured three variations. Number 207, which features a four patch at the corners and a full square on two diagonal corners in Number 237. In Number 239 the corner pieces are consolidated to form Road to Oklahoma.
I used two shades of red plaid in the red memory quilt and I scrambled the four patches to create a checker board of colour on the intersection of the blocks.
The Snails Trail block is based on the Square-on-square block with 5 layers, combined with a Four-Patch. The Four-Patch is inserted as the center block. By changing the colours the Snails-Trail is created.
A block that is sometimes confused with the Snails Trail is Monkey Wrench. Can you see the difference? Monkey Wrench is based on a four layered Square-on-Square. The Four Patch in the center is now turned on-point.
And then there is the Pig Tail Block. It is based on a six layered Square-on-square block. It doesn’t have a Four Patch in the centre.
When you combine four Snails Trail blocks, the pattern is called Virginia Reel.
Snails Trail can also be combined with other blocks to create interesting secondary patterns. Combining Snails Trail, Monkey Wrench or Pigs-tail with Storm-at-Sea, the illusion of curves is further advanced.
It is almost impossible to believe these quilt patterns are made without curved piecing.
Monkey Wrench was first published in 1922 as part of the Lady’s Art Quilt pattern. Snails Trail was first published in 1928 in the same collection. The first references were made to the Virginia Reel in 1930.
Other patterns that use Snails Trail and or Monkey Wrench are:
- Romantic Trail by Tammy Vanderschmitt
- Let’s Dance – published by Beaquilter
- Sea Scapes by Shirley Sickenger
- And the scrappy friendly version Tornado, published by QuiltingDaily.com
My last design for the day is a design that might pass for a modern quilt using Pig-Tails and Storm-at-Sea. Using 12” blocks with 4 ½” sashing these finishes at 95” x 95” for a big queen.
I call it Dragon Star.
Quilt classes for beginner quilters teaching various quilt techniques and blocks. classes for beginners. Due to Covid-19, space is limited please book early.
This introductory classes for beginner quilters are taught over 10 classes, one every second week . Contact to find the next available course.
- Machine piecing
- Hand piecing techniques
- Paper / paperless foundation piecing
- Curved piecing
- Machine appliqué
- Hand appliqué
- Sashing and borders
- Quilting and binding
The price is R150 per class. Buying this product is for the first class and registration purposes. Classes start at 9:00 and ends at 12:30. Coffee and tea will be supplied.
The price doesn’t include fabric, thread or any sewing notions. All patterns will be supplied in downloadable files, in grey scale. The quilt can be made in any color scheme.
A list of quilt supplies will be send before every class.
As easy quilt patterns goes, the Lots of Cats pattern must be one of the easiest! The pattern uses a lot of different fabrics and is a stash buster of note. It can be made in bolds or soft pastels.
A long time ago I made this special quilt for my sister who is crazy about cats. So many quilters are crazy about cats.
The pattern is still for sale in the shop
15 years ago, I didn’t think it possible but in 2006, I started my quilting journey. And what a journey! I jumped right into it! I didn’t know where to learn basic quilting skills.
In retrospect, I know that my quilting journey might have been a lot easier if I did a course in basic patchwork and quilt making to use as foundation for my artwork at that stage. This brings me a full circle since qualifying as an accredited quilt teacher of the South African Quilters Guild.
This quilt finishes in a quaint pictorial sampler called : “Through the Eyes of Cy”. When I developed the pattern, I used my 4 year old grandson, Cylus, to imagine how he looks at the world around him. Since he loves to draw in bright colors, these are the colors I design with.
True to my background, I designed my sampler in pictorial style, row by row with each row specializing in another technique.
Is this quilting course also for advanced quilters, you may ask. I bet that you will be challenged at some or other stage during the construction. You might also find some of the techniques you avoided previously, surprisingly stimulating. I mostly find people attracted to the mesmerizing addiction of hand piecing and needle turn applique.
“Through the eyes of Cy” is a happy, content rich quilt that will look lovely hanging in your home or cuddled by a little boy. There are also patterns available in larger sizes to cover a single bed (for a lucky boy). You also learn the basic quilting skills as you go!
Techniques included in this course include:
– Machine piecing
– Hand Piecing
– Machine Applique
– Hand Applique
– Paper Foundation Piecing
– English Paper Piecing
– Seminole braids
– Y insert seams
– Easy applications for Flying Geese
– Star Blocks
– Borders Bindings and Sleeves
– Finishing off with a pretty label
and many more…
Contact me for the starting date of the next course. I teach in the East of Pretoria.
Join me in making the “Through the eyes of Cy” pictorial quilt-techniques quilt-along sampler.
Every teacher needs a sampler quilt. Not strictly being a traditional quilter, I therefore vied away from the traditional sampler quilt and came up with this interesting pictorial version. This quilt finishes at 30″ x 42″ (67 cm x 102 cm) without borders.
The first block in “Through the eyes of Cy“ is Fishes in the deep blue sea. As you can see, I used the naive therefore bright drawings depicted in the artworks of my 4 year old grandson, Cylus, as design inspiration for this pattern.
This sampler is taught over 12 weeks.
Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month
Time: 9:00 – 13:00
Every first and third Saturday of the month
Time: 12:00 – 16:00
Tea and coffee is included in the class fee
In conclusion, you will need to bring the following to class:
- A working sewing machine.
- A rotary cutter, as well as a 12″ square ruler and cutting board
- Scissors, pins and number 10 sewing needles
- However, don’t bring fabric, thread as it will be discussed in the class to prevent excess and wrong purchases.
This pictorial quilt techniques quilt-along sampler is brought to you by Lenad Quilting.
Other courses by Danél @ Lenad Quilting
- EQ8 Quilt Design Software in a Nutshell
- Design and Draft your own Blocks in EQ8
- EQ8 Custom Layout – outside the box
Hope to see you here!
Lots of Cats is a happy quilt to share with a fellow cat lover—that is if you can bear to part with it! From a quilting point of view, it is a stash buster of note. With up to 50 cats on this pattern it makes a pretty cuddle on your bed or couch to snuggle into. The pattern is available here: