Friendship Chain - a Quilt Block Tutorial

I had a few requests, so I decided since I was writing up the instructions for my local block drive anyway, I would add them here! You can use them for your own Quilts of Valor, mail them to me (just leave a comment and I’ll email you my address), or change up the colors and do your own thing.


I am experimenting with some things - graphics instead of photos, mostly. Because let’s face it - my photography skills are just not getting any better. And it’s raining and too dark to do step-by-step photos anyway. And I’m supposed to be binding a Quilts of Valor to do my very first presentation, not making more blocks quite yet!

And I have a (free) printable PDF version available here!

Friendship Chain Quilt Block


Material Requirements

Red – (8) 2.5” squares

White/cream – (8) 2.5” squares; (2) 5” squares (use charm packs or jelly roll strips!)

Blue – (2) 5” squares; (1) 4.5” square

Step A – Four Patches

Sew the red and white 2.5” squares right sides together into pairs. Press seam to the red fabric.

Match the pairs with the middle seams facing opposite directions, butted together. Sew together with the top seam allowance toward the machine.

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Before pressing, clip the threads of the middle intersection and push the seam allowances in opposite directions, spinning it so each seam goes in a different direction. Press.

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Repeat until you have (4) four patch blocks that measure 4.5” square, unfinished.

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Step B – Half Square Triangles

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the (2) 5” neutral squares. Pair each with a 5” blue square with right sides together. Stitch a quarter inch on both sides of the center line. Cut squares apart on the center line.

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Press seams toward the blue. Trim half square triangle blocks to 4.5” square. Repeat until you have (4) half square triangle blocks that measure 4.5” square, unfinished.

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Assembling the Block

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Layout the block as shown. Sew blocks, pressing in the direction of the arrows.

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Sew the rows together, pressing the final seams open.

Block should measure 12.5” unfinished.