Linked Up Quilt Tutorial

Nov 18, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Bea Lee

Hi, it's Bea again from Beaquilter.comI'm here to show you how I made this fun linked up snowball quilt.

It's made with chain link blocks and a snowball block—almost sounds like "ball and chain"—ha ha!

It measures 36" x 48".



I used fabrics by Riley Blake called American Heritage.

Beige Stars—1 1/2 yards
Red Stars—1/3 yard
Blue Floral—3/4 yards
Red Floral—1/3 yard


And I used these dies:

GO! Square-2 1/2" (2" finished) This is shape #2 from the 8" QUBE set or you can use a stand alone die.

GO! Square-1 1/2 (1" Finished)

GO! Snowball-6" Finished

and the 1 1/2" and 2 1/2" strip cutter dies for the borders


First, I used the 1 1/2" square die and cut out 144 squares in red and white/beige.



Then I used the 2 1/2" square die (shape #2 from the 8" Qube set) and cut out 18 beige and 72 blue squares.



With the snowball die, I cut out 17 white/beige centers and 68 corner triangles in a red floral.



I also cut the border strips with the 1 1/2" and 2 1/2" strip cutter dies.



I first started sewing the pieces together for the chain block called a thrifty block.

I sewed all the white and red 1 1/2" squares together.



Then sewed them together into four patches (ironing the seams OPEN).

These four patches are so tiny and cute!!



Next, I sewed together the four patches with the blue and white 2 1/2" squares, paying attention to the direction of the four patches. The whites should be going diagonally on the blocks.



Here's the block all sewn together, 18 of them.



Sewing the snowball blocks together is easy! (17 blocks)



Then I started sewing the blocks together like this into rows—they match up perfectly!



The quilt is made with 5x7 blocks.



I added the borders next.



Here it is all quilted and bound!



It was fun and fast, and even though it used 144 of each of the 1 1/2" squares, they were fast to cut and went together perfectly!

Try it out!


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