Back in August I spent a lot of time reading while recovering from radiation pneumonitis. I reread the Emilie Richards Shenandoah Album series and was struck again how much I liked the Endless Chain quilt. The plan was to start a quilt-a-long in Septmember but my recovery took longer than I’d anticipated so it was put on the back burner. It’s a new year, a new beginning and time to start the quilt-a-long.
The other is made using a “V” block and there is no need to applique circles in the centre of each block. (Unless you are hiding mismatched points!)
The original pattern calls for cutting templates, but I’m going to make this version using foundation piecing. The block is made using four 5 1/2″ sections and finishes at 10.” I’m also choosing to make it a two colour quilt. I plan on making 24 blocks with the border to be determined later. I want this quilt to be approximately 56″ x 76.” If you want to quilt-a-long here are templates for both pieced and foundation methods. Endless Chain pattern I have not calculated yardage for the quilt but will be starting out with 2m of dark fabric and 3m of light. I have figured out the fabric sizes for each 5 1/2″ section. You will need two 2″x 5″ and one 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ of light and two 2 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ dark. This gives you plenty of fabric to make sure you cover the entire foundation.
My friend Shirley made one from a 1989 Scrap Quilts magazine. She said there were very few instructions but it did say to use white for the background and 8 different fabrics for the “V” blocks. Shirley used 20 different fabrics and assembled the quilt using templates and sewing them together to form the block. That’s a lot of bias fabric! This quilt was made using 72 blocks, 8 across and 9 down.
I will be starting a Quilt-a-long event on Maple Leaf Quilters Facebook page so that we can share pictures, ask questions and encourage each other to get it done!
Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye