Exploring Quilting Basics

Exploring Quilting Basics: The Five Patch Chain Quilt Block

Hi friends!

This week in the Exploring the Basics blog series, I am chatting about a very basic quilt block: the Five Patch Chain Quilt Block!

Top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs, shares about the Five Patch Chain Quilt block!

This past month on Instagram, 7 other designers and I each explored the block and tried to reimagine it in a new way. Some of us went modern, some of us added curves and I added my favorite units- Half Square Triangles!

The Five Patch Chain Quilt Block

Let’s start with the basic block. 

Top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs, shares about the Five Patch Chain Quilt block!

The block is set in a 5 grid pattern and this version has squares and rectangles.

Chain blocks are very popular as then can really add interest to a quilt design- either as the main block in a quilt or as a secondary block to form a chain around the other blocks. I went searching my patterns to see if I had any with chain blocks; the blocks in my pattern Jelly Roll Jumble are chain style blocks.

Jelly Roll Jumble

My Variation

For my variation of the block, I started by making it all into squares. 

Next, I made some of the squares into HSTs.

I added more HST units and another background color.

I played with color just tweaking a bit from the stock color in EQ.

Quilt with One Block

Here is a quilt using the one reimagined Five Patch Chain quilt block.

Not my favorite. So I added alternating plain squares.

Adding a Second Five Patch Chain Quilt Block

I decided I needed 2 blocks.

And when the blocks were put together into a quilt, this is what they looked like!

I played with color and this was my plan for my quilt.

Picking Fabric

I added another challenge to this project; I decided I could only use fabrics in my stash and I wanted to use solids or tone on tones.

Hmmm… I didn’t have anything that matched my quilt plan so…

I ended up with these Toscana fabrics from Northcott that were leftover from other projects I had done.

Here is one block.

Here is the other block.

And here is what the quilt will look like when it is done!

I went away on vacation for 10 days this month so all the sewing did not get done! But it will be a charity quilt so it will get done when I have time!

What colors would you make this quilt in?

Next week, Tammy and I are back with the A Quilter’s Alphabet series and we will explore the letter W!

Top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs, shares about the Five Patch Chain Quilt block!

happy quilting!

Kate

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