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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Linking up with Freshly Pieced, written by Mollie this week:
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