Sunday, April 19, 2015

Chainlinks Quilt - The Inside Scoop

A couple of years ago, I presented a program to my local quilt guild on quilt blocks that you sew together, cut up, and resew together - like the Disappearing 4 Patch & Disappearing 9 Patch. I love those kind of blocks! Ever since then, I've played with different ways to cut up blocks to see what new patterns will emerge. One of the blocks that evolved from that is my Layer Cake Lattice block - the test block that preceded my Chainlinks Quilt pattern that is Moda Bake Shop's newest recipe.

The Layer Cake Lattice block is made like the Chainlinks block, but with 2 differences. First, each block is made by itself, not in pairs as in the Chainlinks pattern. Secondly, when rotating the triangles the center 4-patch is also rotated. I had originally planned to make this block for the quilt, but it seemed too fussy with the Grunge fabric and using two colors in each block. Here is my original test quilt called Layer Cake Lattice (although I cut 10" squares from my stash rather than using a layer cake).....

That one little quarter turn of the center 4-patch can really change the look of a quilt!

I have to give a shout out to the quilter, Creative Boredom, because she did a great job quilting both of these quilts. I've never mastered the art of photographing the quilting on a quilt, but here's my best attempt.....
The coloring is off (the thread color is actually gray not peach), but it shows the texture of the quilting, which I love.

Be sure to stop by and see my 'recipe' on Moda Bake Shop, and I hope you bake up a Chainlinks or Layer Cake Lattice quilt too! If you do, please come back and share your tasty treat here!

~Chef Sharla