I’ve made this quilt using six amethyst chain quilt blocks. It measures 40″ by 58″ and I have used 3/4 yard of amethyst fabric, 1 yard of light blue and 1.1/4 yards of white. Normally I would call the dark fabric purple, but for this quilt I had to call it amethyst!
2.1/2″ squares: seventy eight blue, forty eight amethyst, one hundred and eight white
2.7/8″ squares twenty four each in blue and amethyst, sixty each in blue and white
2.1/2″ by 4.1/2″ rectangles: twenty four white
2.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ rectangles: twelve white
border: five 2.1/2″ strips amethyst fabric cut across the width (about 42″)
Making the amethyst chain quilt block
Make half square triangles with all the 2.7/8″ squares in either blue/white or blue/amethyst as listed above. Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along one 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 patchwork squares out in nine rows of nine squares. I know that it’s difficult to take in the whole block but this does give you an idea of the quilt block. There’s a circular shape in the middle surrounded by first white squares and then amethyst squares. In each corner there is a blue diamond with white on two edges and amethyst on the other two edges. Along the middle of each edge thereis a blue shape formed with one square and two half square triangles. This points outwards on three edges and inwards on one edge – that’s the top row in the photo.
I thought that it would be more clear if I showed you three rows at a time – this is taken after the squares have been sewn together across each row. Row one: there’s a blue/amethyst half square triangle at each end with a blue/white half square triangle just inside from the corner. In the middle of the row there’s a white square either side of that blue shape made using one blue square and two blue/white half square triangles. Row two: this time the blue/white half square triangle is at each end with the blue/amethyst half square triangle just in from the end. The middle of the row is made using white and amethyst squares alternating. Row three: one 4.1/2″ white rectangle at each end followed by a light blue square with a 6.1/2″ rectangle in the middle of the row.
The second three rows of the amethyst chain quilt block show the formation of that circular shape in the middle. The fourth row has a blue/white half square triangle at each end, followed by an amethyst square, then a white square and then the top of the circle made with two blue/white half square triangles and a blue square in the middle. Row five is quite straightforward: a blue square at each end, three blue squares in the middle with two white squares on either side. Row six is the same as row four but with the half square triangles facing a different direction.
The last three rows are similar to the first three: row seven is the same as row three, rows eight and nine are similar to rows two and one, but just check which way the half square triangles are placed. Note the way that blue half square triangles form a blue diamond in each corner. I find that quite a useful guide when I’m placing the squares.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the amethyst chain quilt block.
Make six of these and sew them together in pairs. Then sew the three pairs to each other.
Cut two 2.1/2″ lengths of amethyst fabric 36.1/2″ long and sew one to the top and one to the bottom of the quilt.
For the sides of the quilt you’ll have to sew two lengths of fabric together to get 58.1/2″ border strips. Make two of these and sew one to either side of the quilt.
That completes the amethyst chain quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. You can find more detail on these steps in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
Many of you were kind enough to ask for photos on my walk in the Stiperstones last week, and you can see them on Stiperstones Photos.