Dec 16

Chainmail quilt top

I have been working on my mom’s oversized queen quilt, and it seems to be a never ending process.  But, I’m seeing progress, so that is good!

There are four basic blocks that I use in this quilt.

Quilt blocks for the chainmail quilt

There is the gold block (4.5 in x 4.5 in).

There is the block with the strip on the side (4.5 in x 3.5 in gold, 4.5 x 1.5 inch color)

There is the square within a square, a simple “courthouse steps” block (2.5 in x 2.5 in gold, two 2.5 x 1.5 color blocks, two 1.5 x 4.5 blocks).

There is the other square within a square, which I call the corner block.  You will see why, soon.  This block is made “log cabin” style (2.5 in x 2.5 in gold, one 2.5 in x 1.5 in color, two 1.5 x 3.5 color, and one 1.5 x 4.5 color).  I had to make  20 of these blocks, half of them rotating clockwise, the other half rotating in counter clockwise with the darker colors on 3 of the 4 corners.

corner block in log cabin style

Using these four types of blocks, I would piece together a repeating unit of blocks.  In each unit, I would use 4 solid color blocks, 4 square within a square blocks (some of these would be corner blocks, when the overall pattern needed it), and 8 side strip blocks.

Could I say blocks more?  Blocks blocks blocks blocks.

Ok, back to the quilt.  I will show it in pictures, so you don’t have to read my nonsense 🙂

I’ve made another row since taking this picture, so I am now 2/3 of the way done.  Then, I have to do the border.  Then, the back.  Then baste.  Then quilt.  Then bind.

So, I should be done soon.  HA!

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  1. Kathy E. says:

    This quilt is looking great! So you posted this in December (6 months ago)…does that mean it’s finished now? I know what you mean by being a never-ending process. I’ve started a large quilt similar to your string quilt (which is gorgeous), but it sits in the closet waiting for a whole slew of rainy days. Please come back and show us more progress photos!