Amethyst chain quilt pattern

Amethyst chain quilt pattern

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!

Cutting requirements

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
4.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ 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″)

Create half square triangle units

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

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.




Amethyst chain quilt block layout

Amethyst chain quilt block layout

Make the amethyst chain quilt block

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.

First three rows

First three rows of the amethyst chain quilt block

First three rows of the amethyst chain quilt block

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.

Middle three rows of the block

Rows four, five and six

Rows four, five and six

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.

Final three rows

Last three rows

Last three rows

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.




Completed amethyst chain quilt block

Completed amethyst chain quilt block

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.




Quilt binding

Quilt binding

Quilt binding

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.


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  1. Phyllis Good says:

    You are growing so fast in this industry, congratulations. Do you spend every day sewing and working on the quilts? I really enjoy your work and comments, like an old friend, easy to listen to.

    Thanks so much and am looking forward to the new book!!!


    • Hi Phyllis. Thanks for your kind comments. Yes, most of my days are spent either quilting or trying to fathom out how to do things on the computer that will help my website.

  2. Hi Rose,
    Another beautiful quilt design. You never run out of ideas and always make everything look so easy. Easy enough for a newbie quilter like me to make but for the time being I will be working on your Christmas table runner.

    • Thanks for commenting, Claire. Yes, it’s definitely a beginner quilt, but I agree that the Christmas runner needs to come first.

  3. Penny Sall says:

    Hi Rose. I do prefer the larger photos- they give a good overall picture. Also enjoyed photos and info on Stiperstones – what an interesting place.
    Kind regards

  4. Rose, Love your quilt designs. Do you have them on paper patterns to purchase?

    • You should be able to print any of the patterns that you like. Towards the bottom of the page there’s a little green box that says ‘print friendly’. I am also just about to publish my first pattern ebook on Amazon. I will be able to offer it free to subscribers for the first few days and I am really excited about it – I am hoping to be able to give you full details with next week’s email.

  5. Hi Rose,
    Personally I like the larger photos,it makes it easier for me to follow and assemble.Have a good weekend
    Kind Regards

  6. I Like larger pictures. I use medium speed internet at my daughters house and have no trouble loading. At my house I have satellite internet and it is very slow. I will try it at home tonight and try to let you know if it is slow or fast.

  7. Love it Rose. I have so much fabric, more than I will ever use, but it is so addictive! I still save my bits though and blocks like these are perfect. I could cut up my big pieces, but that is a step too far ;-)). My friend has even more fabric than me and yet she still buys strips, or unpicks charity shop clothes. A recently finished quilt even contained 99pence pillowcases, a lot of them! It does make us laugh and I am sure a lot of us are just as guilty of that! Thanks for your emails Rose. I do look forward to them.

    • Hi Jennie. Loved your comments. Isn’t it amazing the lengths that we will go to in order to preserve our stash – even though we all say that we want to use up our stash! As you say, there are probably many, many quilters out there nodding their heads in agreement!

  8. Rose, Thanks you for making the photo larger. I had no trouble loading it and it helps complete the vision.

  9. D. Friendly (Canada) says:

    Hi Rose – Nice quilt. I noticed 2 things on a quick perusal.
    Quilt Binding should be Quilt Border

    More interesting though – In showing the block 3 rows at a time, I noticed that these 3 rows would make nice, rectangular blocks in themselves! In fact, rows 3 and 7 look like sashing rows. This is where something like E!Q7 would come in handy to see what a quilt would look like. Unfortunately, I don’t have EQ7!
    Keep up the great work.

    • Thanks, Deborah. I’ve changed the wording. Yes, I agree that you could set it up as smaller blocks. It would definitely be worth trying for a design with just the middle rows as the starting point.

  10. Brenda Edwards says:

    You ask about the size of the photographs, Rose. Well I am perfectly happy with your website just as it is.

    Thank you,

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