KENTUCKY CHAIN QUILT BLOCK


Kentucky chain quilt block

Kentucky chain quilt block

I love quilt blocks that give the illusion of depth through colour, and the Kentucky Chain quilt block is definitely another one of them.  It’s classified as a four patch and I have made it as a 16″ block.  This would be marvellous made into a quilt when all the links of the chain would spread across the quilt.  If some of the light blues look slightly odd in the photo it’s because I was using scraps to make up the block and didn’t have quite enough squares from one fabric alone!

 

Cutting requirements for the Kentucky chain quilt block

2.1/2″ squares:  twelve each of light blue and dark blue

2.7/8″ squares:  four each in light blue and dark blue, eight each in light blue and white, eight each in dark blue and white

Making the Kentucky chain quilt block

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Most of the squares in this block are half square triangles and they are made from the 2.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above.  Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangles.

 

 

 

Kentucky chain quilt block layout

Kentucky chain quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in eight rows of eight squares.  I usually find it easiest to concentrate on particular shapes when I am checking that I have laid the squares out correctly:  for the Kentucky chain quilt block I concentrated on the white shapes.  You have two larger white triangles pointing inwards on each edge of the quilt block and four white diamonds within the quilt block.  I find this helps when arranging the patchwork squares.

 

 

 

First four rows of the Kentucky chain quilt block

First four rows of the Kentucky chain quilt block

Bottom four rows of the Kentucky chain quilt block

Bottom four rows of the Kentucky chain quilt block

The first four rows are shown on the left and the second four on the right.  Basically the dark blue forms a peak on the top and a V on the bottom while the light blue forms a V on the top and a peak on the bottom of the block.  The interlinking of the chains is caused by the two blues appearing to go over and under each other.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to complete the Kentucky chain quilt block.

 

Square dance quilt binding

Square dance quilt binding

Nine patch quilt ideas

Nine patch quilt ideas

Work in progress at the moment – I still need to finish the binding on the square dance quilt – I can’t believe that I am this close to finishing it and still haven’t got there – and I’m playing with nine patch ideas for this Friday’s project.

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Rose

 

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  1. I really like this one Rose. It is a bit different and as you say, it would be lovely made into a quilt. Definitely one to remember. Thank you for yet another great idea.

    • Thanks for commenting, Jennie. Yes, I think it would make a great quilt – you’d get a whole grid of chains interlocking.

  2. Hi Rose,
    I really like the concept of the Kentucky Chain Quilt block it is similar to the Celtic Knot Quilt I made for my granddaughter. I am a little confused with your instructions for cutting requirements when you refer to light blue and dark blue fabrics. Do you mean the floral fabric in your demonstration block is referred to as the dark blue fabric? I am considering using this design for another grandchild.( I have 12 girls and 16 boys) so I am spoiled for choice in whether I make it for a male or female. I think it will make a terrific boys quilt. Thank you for your emails you present each quilt clearly so it is easy to follow. Helen

    • Hi Helen. Apologies if it’s not clear – yes, I have used the patterned fabric for the dark blue. Goodness me – you certainly are well supplied for grandchildren. That’s a lot of quilts to make!

  3. Joy Thornby says:

    Im new here and love you patterns but……..
    Can you add the amount of material needed for a block. I can work out the overall quantitiy for a quilt if I have the amount needed for one block.
    Am I being picky here?
    best wishes and more and more patterns please!
    Joy

    • Hi Joy. Thanks for the comment. I have always been asked for the total fabric requirement for each pattern, so that’s why I give that. The quantity of fabric for each block can be very small so I have always felt that the overall fabric requirement is more useful.

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