July 14, 2016

Block #12 - Stairway to Heaven

This is the 12th and final block challenge for Modern Quilts Unlimited Everything Old is New Again block and quilt challenge.  Each month we have been given a traditional quilt block to interpret in a modern way.  The size of each block must finish at 12" when sewn into a quilt.

Like many other quilt blocks, Jacob's Ladder was inspired by the Bible and the reference to Jacob in the Old Testament.

And he dreamed and behold a ladder set up on the earth and the top of it reached the heavens and behold the angles of God were ascending and descending on it.  Genesis 28:11-22

I named my block Stairway to Heaven.

Stairway to Heaven by Paige Alexander

Jacob's Ladder is also know by other names such as Road to California, Off to San Francisco, Gone to Chicago, Underground Railroad and more.

If you would like to know more about the Jacob's Ladder and the history of quilt patterns, see Luke Haynes' post here, Quilt patterns through Time at Womenfolk.com and Jacob's Ladder Quilt Block at PatternsfromHistory.com

Now, the challenge is to turn all 12 blocks into a quilt no larger than 60" x 60" and, of course, you may only use Michael Miller fabrics. The deadline is September 15th. Here are all 12 blocks.

Blocks 1 - 12 Everything Old is New Again by Paige Alexander

Row 1
  • Flying Geese - Flying into the Sun 
  • Snail's Traisl - Trail Blazers 
  • Ohio Star - Ohio on Point 
  • Card Trick - Simple Transparency Trick 

Row 2

Row 3

Voting is open until June 15th.

Excited to finish the last block in the challenge, I'm linking to Needle and Thread Thursday, Whoop Whoop Friday, CelticThistle Stitches hosting Thank Goodness Its Finished Friday this week, Fabric Frenzy Friday and Show Off Saturday.


  1. I am definitely looking forward to seeing how you put all the blocks together, Paige! :)

  2. Paige, I love your interpretation of Jacob's Ladder (it's probably my favorite traditional block). You have captured the meaning behind the block wonderfully. This is just a neat project all the way around. Do you know how you will set them together?

  3. Love all of these blocks and the colors. You did great work!!!

    1. Thank you Judy! My local quilt shop happen to have all of these Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids, so that set my color palette.

  4. I love your interpretation of the block. I cannot wait to see how to piece all these blocks together.

  5. Hi Paige, I enjoy reading your posts. Although I consider myself to be a modern quilter, I love the old blocks and really enjoy reading the history and how these blocks evolved. Really the modern quilting is just the old favourites rejigged

  6. Love your modern interpretation of the Jacob's Ladder block. I think it's my favorite of the twelve but they are all great.
    Marsha from QuilterinMotion

  7. You are so talented Paige, another wonderful block. I'm excited to see the finished quilt. :)

  8. Awesome block Paige! I'm really looking forward to seeing how you sew these together for the challenge. :)