Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 13 Blog Tour

4 05 2016

Vol13-COVER-125pxHello and welcome to Day 3 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 13 blog tour! A special welcome if you’re a first time visitor.

My block, “Everlasting Chains,” is #1265 on page 42.


Granted, by itself, it doesn’t really look like chains. But set 9, or 16, or 25 blocks side by side, and both the horizontal and vertical chains are apparent.

Everlasting Chains

In fact, the quilt looks like a modern, simplified “Double Wedding Ring.” The plus side is no curved piecing!

image2For my test block, I used two shades of blue. The overall effect was “okay,” but my eyes were drawn to the darker blue. In other words, I could readily see the vertical chains but the horizontal chains were not as noticeable. To achieve equal visibility, my friend Karlene suggested that the two fabrics should be equal in value. She was right! The dark royal blue combined with deep magenta, shown in the drawing above, resulted in the effect I had imagined as I designed the block.

An alternate idea for using “Everlasting Chains” is creating four houses with rooftops touching in the center. You could customize each house to represent family members’ homes or the homes of quilting friends.

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Surround the houses with a border of green grass and a house print, and you’ll have a cheerful house-warming or hostess gift! (After quilting, I plan to add the black and white zigzag print as binding.)


Click on the button below to link with Quiltmaker’s blog. There you’ll find links to the other designers on today’s edition of the blog tour. Each of them offers a chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 13.


Leave a comment below to enter the drawing for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 13. I’ll draw the lucky winners on May 10.

First time guests, I hope you’ll peruse several past blog posts and consider following along. A major activity of abyquilts.wordpress.com this year is the Fat Quarter Challenge. I’m challenging myself (and blog readers) to dig into the stash of fat quarters and sew projects with them, something each month. In addition to showing my own projects/quilts, I invite readers to send pictures of their projects for inspiration. You will find links to instructions for several fat quarter friendly projects on the Patterns page.




126 responses

5 05 2016
kathy Leake

Nice block! Congratulations and thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of the magazine.

5 05 2016
Barbara Young

I like the idea of making houses in the center. I have some people and animal prints that might be fun in the doorways.

5 05 2016
Michelle Taylor

I like the idea of the chains as a modern wedding ring design!

5 05 2016
marta manole

I love the the house idea as a mini quilt…thank you…marta

5 05 2016

I like your block; the batik fabrics are wonderful with your pattern.

5 05 2016

The block by itself looks like magnets so I would call my quilt MAGNETIC FEVER

5 05 2016
Allison Evrard

So many good ideas! The idea for houses is the best, I think.

5 05 2016
T. Johnson

What a fun block. I would customize with animals. Thanks for a chance to win.

5 05 2016
Kathy h

I like the houses in the center. I am looking forward to seeing your fat quarter challenge blocks too.

5 05 2016
Marie Krause

I see how important the color is. Your added ideas make the block so much more interesting too. What would it be like if you made it scrappy and made each link out of different colors? They would have to stand out and be medium to dark color choces I expect.

5 05 2016
Debbie P

Nice block!! Thanks for showing the extra info 🙂 – it will be fun to make!

5 05 2016
Katherine T

A Fat Quarter challenge? I like that idea!

5 05 2016
Jen B

Great block, I love it when blocks make secondary patterns.

5 05 2016

Nice block! Congratulations on being in this issue.

5 05 2016
Karen in Breezy Point

Thanks for showing the possibilities using your fun block!

5 05 2016

Congrats on your versatile block. The idea of creating houses & making pillows will be a fun project for a girls group I will be teaching this summers.

tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

5 05 2016
Deborah DeBerry

Love your block and love the overall effect when joined into a quilt. Thank you!

5 05 2016

So nice to discover a new blog (new to me that is ) at the same time as discovering the new blocks.

5 05 2016

Thanks for becoming a new follower of my blog! I look forward to your comments, and I hope you’ll join in the year-long Fat Quarter Challenge.

5 05 2016
debra moxley

Very pretty!

6 05 2016
Sandy W.

Love how your block looks in the quilt. Great effect.

6 05 2016
Nancy Green

Love the chain effect when multiple blocks are put together!

6 05 2016

I like your block. It would be fun quilt to make.

7 05 2016
Lisa E

Wow, I’ll have to remember “Everlasting Chains” when I feel the urge to make a Double Wedding Ring quilt. Great block!

8 05 2016
Doris McCarty

I subscribed to your newsletter. Congratulations on your block! Thank you for sharing.

11 09 2017
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