Chain Link Quilt

By | August 25, 2019

I saw the pattern for the main block in this top somewhere on my travels on the internet. I can’t remember where it was, maybe facebook, but the block pattern stuck with me even though I read that it included partial seams. 

The partial seams turned out to be simple!

I had just enough of the red fabric for the background  to make 25 blocks including the optional sashing which I think really adds to the overall look:

However, it wasn’t a useful size and I had no interest in a square quilt.  And I couldn’t find anymore of the red fabric even with my good google search skills. So I had to get inventive.

This is what I came up with for borders for the top and bottom of the quilt: 

However that still didn’t look finished and I didn’t want to make it a square quilt by putting borders on the sides. However, the sides needed something. So I thought why not duplicate the inner (black) border treatment.

That looks more finished to me even though part of me is screaming that one needs the same border treatment on all 4 sides of the quilt. 

The moral of this tale is that picking a random piece of background fabric that looks like it should be big enough and hoping it will be is not always the best plan. 


20 thoughts on “Chain Link Quilt

  1. Jayne

    What an interesting block on it’s own, but putting all the blocks together makes it even better. I’m not a fan of square quilts either. What you did with the top and bottom is amazing and the side detail pulled it all together! I don’t know how many times I thought I had enough background fabric for a project only to be just a bit short!

  2. Laura Bruno Lilly

    Many of my quilting project have ‘morals to the story’…I especially like the way you incorporated the pattern into the borders…lots of effort to make it non-square, though!

  3. Chrisknits

    I wonder how many been there done that’s you’ll get. LOL! Beautiful, and I think it’s perfect as is.

  4. Roseanne

    What a beautiful quilt top!! The red really makes the design shine, and I love those fabrics you chose. Partial seams?!! You are the second person that mentioned a pattern that used partial seams. It looks like the borders that you added really make the size more useful, and also pull out those fabrics out of the blocks. Good problem-solving. Thanks for linking up! ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. Sharon

    What a wonderful top with the scrappy chain links. I like how you are finishing it with the top & bottom borders.

  6. Sharon Browne

    Your quilt came out great! I am always afraid of running out of background fabric, so I don’t usually start using fabric that might not be enough, even though you can never be really sure. I always play it safe. I guess I am not that adventurous. You came up with a very good and unique solution though.

  7. Sharon Browne

    I meant to ask, how big is the quilt and how many yards of red did you start out with?

  8. Kathy

    The red background fabric makes this quilt so much fun. It blends great with your scraps. I LOVE what you did with the top and bottom. Scrappilicious!

  9. Denise

    It looks great. I’m guilty of thinking the sides need the same treatment as the top but I have managed to cross that line a time or two myself. Sometimes you just need to know which side is up. Thank you for linking up with Put your foot down.

  10. Andrée G Faubert

    Hi! I really like how you finished your quilt. Just that little bit of black on the sides really finishes it. I love you you problem-solve on your quilts. I love doing that too – just a little challenge gets the creative juices flowing. Well done! Thanks so much for linking up to Free Motion Mavericks.

  11. Ramona

    This is such a fun block and I love how you finished it. Adding the black border to the sides was a great idea. The red really helps all of the other colors to really pop. Great quilt!

  12. Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter

    It may not have been the plan to run out of red, but I love that it resulted in those awesome borders! Perfect finish I think. Thanks so much for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss. This is lovely.

  13. Julie Stocker

    My first thought was a party quilt! (What’s that?) No, it’s so vibrant and happy, it looks like a little party on its own. Your border is a perfect wrap up to it. Excellent design finish.


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