In the Chain and Knot quilt I have used the block of that name with an alternate block, ending up with a huge quilt (84″ square), but a pretty quilt with lots to look at – particularly the grids formed by the small squares and the star in the middle. I’ve used 2 yards each of yellow and light blue fabric, 1/2 yard each of lilac and purple, 1 yard of white and 1.1/4 yards of dark blue and red, using sixteen 20″ square blocks arranged in four rows of four.
Cutting requirements for the chain and knot quilt
8.7/8″ squares: eight yellow, eight dark blue,
8.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangles: sixteen yellow, sixteen white
4.1/2″ squares: forty eight yellow, sixteen white, eight purple, ninety six light blue, sixteen dark blue, sixteen red
2.1/2″ squares: sixty four lilac, sixty four purple, forty eight red, sixty four light blue, forty eight dark blue
For the border you will need eight 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric cut across the width of fabric
Making the chain and knot quilt block
This is a simple block using squares only. The small squares are made into four patch units – one light blue/red in two of the corners with light blue/dark blue in the other two corners and a dark blue/red four patch unit in the middle. There are two large red squares along one diagonal and two dark blue squares along the other diagonal. For the remainder of the squares, the light blue squares are alternated with those of the other colours.
Sew the squares within the four patch units together first and then sew the squares across each row and sew the rows to each other to complete the chain and knot quilt block. Make eight of these.
Making the alternate quilt block
For this block I have used a few large half square triangle units. Place a yellow and a dark blue 8.7/8″ square 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. This will produce two half square triangle units. You need two of these for each quilt block.
Lay the squares out as shown in the photo. There’s a half square triangle in two of the corners, placed with the yellow on the outside. There are four lilac/purple four patch units placed along the other diagonal, with a 4.1/2″ purple square in the middle of the block. I’ve shaded the quilt block in yellow one side and white the other because I wanted those white areas in the corners and the middle of the quilt.
Sew the squares within the four patch units together first. Then you can sew the rectangle to one four patch unit and a square to either side of the other one. Sew these two sections together and then you can sew them to the half square triangle to make one complete row. The middle row is made with a white rectangle, purple square and yellow rectangle.
Sew the three rows to each other to complete the alternate quilt block. Make eight of these.
Assembling the chain and knot quilt
Sew the blocks together in four rows of four. The first row is made with two chain and knot quilt blocks in the middle and an alternate block at each end. The blocks are rotated so that the purple and red diagonals form that W shape across the row.
In the second row, the alternate blocks are in the middle with two chain and knot blocks at the ends of the row. This time the red and purple diagonals form an M shape.
The third row is also made with two alternate blocks in the middle and a chain and knot block at each end. For this row the red and purple diagonals are placed to form a W shape.
Finally for the fourth row you will need two alternate blocks at the ends with two chain and knot blocks in the middle. The purple and red diagonals form an M shape in this row.
Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.
As this is such a large quilt, I have used a small border of 2.1/2″ strips of red fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 80.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 84.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the chain and knot quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
Last weekend I went to the British Stitch and Quilt show. There were loads of gorgeous quilts, but I’m always a bit nervous of showing you quilts from a show in case I’m not meant to. The one in the photo was one from the Tentmakers of Cairo – really eyecatching.
Then I managed to get to Wonderwool for the first time – there was everything from wool still on the sheep through to the most amazing selection of different types and colours of wool. The tent in the photo was all knitted – the grotto itself, the fish, mermaids, seagulls, lighthouse. Absolutely wonderful. I am so pleased that I managed to visit such a wonderful show.