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Quilt Trails of Western North Carolina - Yancey County

Pineapple Star is one of many quilt blocks displayed on barns and buildings in Burnsville, North Carolina.

Quilting Spotlight10

How to Make Interlocking Chains Quilt Blocks

Thursday April 17, 2014

Interlocking Chains Quilt Block PatternInterlocking Chains can be customized in any way you wish, and each block is sewn with just three contrasting fabrics. My blocks have chains against a light background, but bright quilting fabrics against black would be stunning. A pure white background would give the design a very contemporary feel.

Interlocking Chains is quick pieced -- I've altered its traditional dimensions just a bit to allow easy rotary cutting. Not a template in sight!

Interlocking Chains Quilt Block Pattern ->

Contrary Wife Quilt Block Pattern

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Contrary Wife Quilt Block PatternContrary Wife is a nine patch quilt block that finishes at 12" x 12". It's easy to make, and you can experiment with color and color value to create a block that's either vibrant or subdued. My quilt block definitely falls into the 'subdued' category -- I was experimenting with a border stripe fabric. Choose completely different fabrics to customize your own quilt blocks.

Contrary Wife Quilt Block Pattern

Red Light Green Light, an Easy Quilt Pattern

Monday April 14, 2014

Red Light Green Light QuiltLike other quilts, Red Light Green Light can be personalized in so many ways. I love florals, and can see it as a 'watercolor' style quilt, where the florals melt into each other. And batiks would be perfect, too. Simply change the fabrics to customize the pattern.

Elaine made the quilt for her grandson, and added a set of toy automobiles. The quilt's 'roads' are perfect pathways for the little cars. A portion of Elaine's quilt is shown here, and a corner is folded over to show a bit of the embroidery work she added to the backing.

The quilt finishes at about 59" x 79", and straight grain pieces of fabric help make it easy to assemble, since there are no stretchy bias edges.

Red Light Green Light Quilt Pattern

New quilters might want to read a few important tutorials before working on the quilt:

Sew a Batch of Scrappy Basket Quilt Blocks

Friday April 11, 2014

may basket quilt block These scrappy basket quilt blocks are filled with brightly colored 'flowers' created with half square triangle units. Choose brown for your basket bases and cream or tan for the background, just to keep those elements a bit neutral, and then use colorful bits of fabric to sew the flowers.

Scrap Basket Quilt Block Pattern

Basket block made by Terri55

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