Endless Chain Quilt-a-long

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.

There are two different versions of the Endless Chain quilt. One has a curved block look with a circle applique in the centre of each block.

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!) :D


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

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One Response to Endless Chain Quilt-a-long

  1. Doris Beckthold says:

    What awesome timing you have!!! I was just looking through my patterns this morning trying to find something I might want to make. Look looks like fun….I might just have to quilt-along…..Thank you :)