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Introduction to the Vintage Chains Quilt
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Vintage Chains Quilt

© Janet Wickell
Vintage Chains is a quilt made with two quilt blocks placed on point. The Five Patch Chain and Chain and Knot blocks each finish at 10-inches square.

The quilt measures about 84" x 98". It has a narrow inner border and a wider outer border. Adjust the size by adding one or more extra borders and/or altering the size of the two that are already in place.

I love Civil War reproduction fabrics and designed this quilt around a few favorites from that era. You can change its appearance dramatically by altering fabrics.

Block close-ups:

Chain and Knot Quilt Block

Five-Patch Chain Quilt Block


Enough to allow for shrinkage and errors. Amounts assume your fabrics are at least 42" wide.

Black/White Floral/Geometric Print

Outer border and interior of Chain and Knot blocks.

  • 2-1/4 yards

White/green print "shirting" type fabric

Light squares in Chain and Knot blocks.

  • 1 yard

Med-light Brown Print

Larger brown squares and for patch units in Chain and Knot blocks. Four-patch units in Five Patch Chain blocks. Inner border.

  • 2-3/4 yards

Black/Rust/Orange Fabric with "Capsule-like" motifs

Large squares in both quilt blocks.

  • 2 yards

Black Print with Small Florals

Outer perimeter four patch units in Chain and Knot blocks.

  • 5/8 yard

Larger Scale Black Floral Print

Four patch units in Five Patch Chain blocks.

  • 5/8 yard

Gold Floral Print

Bars in Five Patch Chain blocks. Setting and corner triangles.

  • 2 yards

Other Materials

  • Backing, about 94" x 108. Yardage depends on how you piece the backing. You can piece a horizontal backing slightly less wide from about 7-3/4 yards. Remove selvages, cut in thirds and then cut one panel in half along its length. Use it in the center horizontal slot. The remaining half is not used.
  • Batting: About 94" x 108"
  • Binding: Approximately 390 running inches of doublefold binding. Eleven yards if using Moda's bias binding.
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