Endless Chain’s windmill-looking block is based on a vintage pattern featured in newspapers in 1942 and throughout WWII. It was traditionally done as a paper pieced block. I’m not a paper piecer, can’t seem to get the hang of it, so I drew up my own pattern.
Hard to believe it has been a year since I talked about finishing the quilt top. I had even gotten it sandwiched and pin basted but just recently finished the quilting.
I hand-quilted it in the low volume areas, 1/2″ apart, echoing the shapes. This allowed the “chains” to pop.
The perfectly matching back came from straight from inventory. I bought this fabric years ago at a day after Thanksgiving half-off fabric sale. I had no idea what or when it would be used but who can resist a sale that good! Because they match so well, you might think that they were the inspiration for the quilt front and then you would be right. What better way to use up inventory that to start with the quilt backing and go from there?
I really do love how these colors just pop. You can really see how the color value you choose can make or break the design. Looking at the center row, see how the diamond on the right really pops? The open diamond shapes create a chain and look so connected? The center one isn’t bad, but the one on the left…. it almost looks like a different pattern all together. This is one of the reasons I like making smaller quilts. You can never really “see” how a quilt will turn out until it is done and smaller is a perfect way to test it out. At least that is how this “Show-Me” girl from Missouri sees it!
But that’s not to say I don’t love this quilt. It is so happy and cheery it lives on the back of my rocking chair, for now!
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