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.

BOMs Away - RSC/PBJ October

I made these blocks early Sunday morning, then spent the day working on other things and totally forgot to take their picture! So it’s a bit of a drab shot, as we have a storm rolling in. (Excuses, excuses - I know you come here for less-than-perfect photography!)


This week was my little rainbow blocks - green for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, red-violet for Patterns by Jen. I also made a few of the grey alternate blocks, but those are boring. And now I just need twelve more to make the final row!

If I’m smart, I’ll do six in November and December. IF.

You know, if I don’t spend my Sunday working on other things.

So did anyone else work on their BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

BOMs Away - Another QOV Project!

I know, I know - I still have my guild BOM to finish for Quilts of Valor, and my rail fence is still chugging along as a leader/ender. And there’s a box full of leftover half square triangles that need to become…something. But…!


So I am now the Southwest Oklahoma coordinator for Quilts of Valor. And there are, literally, no other members in my area. So, after getting permission from the state coordinator (who used to be the SWOK coordinator and managed to talk me into the position), I asked the local quilt shop if I could run a block drive there. To get word out locally and maybe collect up some new members, and just to get some help even if they don’t want to join.

I wanted to have a block that was big, easy, and precut friendly, and this one fits the bill! Plus it’s a Friendship Star. Meaningful! I’m going to sash it with more red cornerstones to keep the “chain” linked together.

And anyway, I had to make a couple test blocks to make sure my measurements were right. And they were. So now I just need to type it up and drop off my basket of informational goodies! And cross my fingers and hope the blocks start rolling in.

Even if they don’t, I’m planning an official QOV Sew Day at the shop in February; I’ve already harassed the guild into dedicating one of our monthly work days to blocks; and I’m going to try to host a squadron spouse social sewing lesson/block party.

So yeah, I’ve got plans to build up this little area! Starting with these Friendship Chains.

So did anyone else work on their BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

BOMs Away - Pieceful Swappettes October

Awww, this is my second to last swap block! We had one person drop out, so there’s no December queen. And since it was December, we decided to give it a break for the holidays. So there’s just this block and November’s, and then it’s all over.

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But instead of being melancholy! Let’s be - totally unsure if this will work. The queen asked for bright and bold, with the center white stripe. It looked good when I started, but as a block? I dunno. I think maybe it was the wrong green.

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And I don’t know what I managed to do wrong, but I managed to screw up the back seams! We were supposed to spin the seams, which normally I’m a huge fan of doing. But mine ended up not nesting in several places, which led to forcible nesting, which made spinning impossible.

Ugh. I’ve always wanted to make a scrappy trip quilt, but this attempted block does not bode well for a whole quilt of them!

So did anyone else work on their BOM? Or a project broken into {slightly} more manageable monthly pieces? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

Plum Crazy - A Fruit Salad Block

Mmm, mmm, another favorite fruit in our house. I suppose not everything can be the Little Man’s favorite fruit, but cherries have a pretty limited season, so he has to be enthusiastic about something else during the rest of the year.

Right now, it’s plums. Which are a stone fruit, like cherries, so maybe he just prefers a good drupe? (<— yeah, I googled that!) Considering how many avocados he puts away in a day, it’s possible he’s just a pitty person.

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Anyway… Plums! A chance to add a bit of purple to this quilt! And it’s another smaller, easier one, so get out those scraps and get going!

Get the printer-friendly pattern here!

I am using the same neutral (Kona White) in all my blocks, and I use the Quilt in a Day triangle ruler to trim my half square triangles.

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Plum Crazy - 10.5x10.5" unfinished

If you’re joining me in these blocks, please use #fruitsaladquilt on Instagram or comment here so I can find your blog! I will be posting one block a month, free on PayHip until Jan 31, 2019. In December 2018, there will be a layout pattern for the entire Fruit Salad quilt, as well as more specific yardage.