“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” Jack London
For quilters this quote needs to be changed from “club” to “rotary cutter.” I try to come up with a stashbusting quilt each month for my sewing group. My inspiration kind of hit a road block this month and the original design needs more work so I pieced this simple block.
If every other block is turned 90 degrees diagonal chains form. This kind of quilt doesn’t really require borders so I think I’ll just make blocks, set them together and call it a day. I’ll probably end up making 63 blocks and set them 7 x 9. They are 10” blocks so it will be end up large twin or regular full-size—a good size for the emergency shelter. For some reason, I just can’t get the color right on the photos. Then chain fabric is not nearly as pink as it looks here. Oh well, you get the idea.
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Here are instructions for the block. I’m using leftover strips so it’s hard to say exactly how much yardage you’ll need. It will also depend on how many blocks you are making. It takes a little more than one strip to make a block. For a quilt the size I’m making (70 x 90) you would need about 80 strips. You also need 1-1/2 yards of chain fabric and about 3/4 yard for binding.
For each block cut the following from assorted 2-1/2” strips:
Two 2-1/2” x 8-1/2” rectangles (A)
Two 2-1/2” x 6-1/2” rectangles (B)
Two 2-1/2” x 4-1/2” rectangles (C)
Two 2-1/2” x 2-1/2” squares (D)
You will also need five 2-1/2” squares of the chain fabric for each block. €
Sewing for one block:
1. Sew a square of chain fabric to 8-1/2” rectangles. Press toward the chain fabric. Make 2
2. Sew a 2-1/2” square of print fabric to a 2-1/2” square of chain fabric. Sew a 4-1/2 rectangle to the other end of the chain fabric. Press both seams toward chain fabric. Make 2.
3. Sew 4-1/2” rectangles to a chain square. Press both seams toward chain fabric. Make 1
4. Sew the units from step 1 to the units from step 2. Make 2
5. Rotate one of these units 180 degrees (flip it upside down).
6. Sew the unit from step 3 in the middle of these units. Press seams to one side.