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This little block is known by many Names! Jacks On Six, Double X, Old Maid's Puzzle, Cat's Cradle, and Three And Six just to name a few.
I started this quilt out with the intent to make it bed sized (why do I always think big?!) but it got way laid some how and sat idle while I worked on other projects. One day I came across them and decided to lay out just as many as there were, and it did come out in an uneven layout which I really like! I think our minds always see things in an even symetrical way, but it is fun to challenge the brain a bit by NOT having the layout end up even all the way around.
For this same reason I love antique quilts that end with a row of half blocks because that was the size needed to cover the bed, no more no less :c)
The Jacks On Six block finishes at 6" square. Make as many as you want to make the quilt the size you want it to be, even or uneven layout as you wish! This method cuts all the pieces needed from scrap 2.5" strips.
For each block you will need:
(1) 2.5" X11" strip shirting or light print
(1) 2.5" X 11" strip red (or other dark) print
(3) 2.5" contrasting squares. Mine were all black or gray, but you can choose your own color scheme!
If you DON'T have the easy angle ruler you will need to use another method to make your half quare triangle squares. The finished size of each half square triangle square is 2". If you are using the traditional cutting method you would cut squares 2 7/8". Cut these squares on the diagonal from corner to corner into half square triangles. There are many other methods for making half square triangles. Use whatever method works for you.
Stitch the block units into rows, and then join the rows to complete the block!
I then stitched the narrow red border to the pieced black border with right sides together. I pressed the seam allowance towards the black. Then I added the border unit to the quilt center in my usual way, adding the side borders first, and then adding the top and bottom borders.
The binding was pieced from more 2.5" red scrap strips from my 2.5" bin....all sewn together end to end on the diagonal until I had enough to bind the quilt with. I love the look!
Here is a close up of the quilting detail.
Click here to see a pic of the fun toile backing fabric!
I had fun playing in Electric Quilt with different layouts for this block!
This is the layout I used for the above quilt, only this one has an even number of blocks up and down so you can see how the pattern resolves.
This layout rotates each block as above and they are separated with sashing and cornerstones!
This layout has four blocks rotated to form a star, and the sashing and cornerstones go between each four-block star!
And what if we take the 4-block-star and put it on point?!
How about something more contemporary? Block to block in zig zag waves!
In this layout all the blocks are pointed in the same direction in a diagonal across the quilt, otherwise known as straight furrows!
And of course, Barn Raising! Try any log cabin layout or combination for this block. It's a great scrap user!
This antique doll quilt was made with the Jacks On Six block using only two fabrics, and put on point in an original setting!
These vintage blocks were a fun ebay find!
See how different the blocks look just by changing the color placement!