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