BFF Chain Quilt Tutorial

BFF Chain Quilt

I just finished up this quilt using a traditional block called the Friendship Chain but I super-sized it and modernized it with my fabric choices so I updated the name and am calling this my BFF Chain Quilt just for a little fun.  I used my Sizzix Big Shot to diecut the pieces for this quilt and I have provided a tutorial for the block and quilt on the Sizzix Blog today.

BFF Chain Quilt


The blocks are 16″ each so the quilt finishes at 62″ square.  I’ve been eager to play with these colors for awhile now and have been collecting salmon and navy prints for months.

BFF Chain Quilt


The prints can all be found in my sponsors shops (see the sidebar).  As I was collecting prints, I decided that there are not enough great navy prints out there!  I hope that changes.  It’s such a timeless color.

BFF Chain Quilt


I love this shot because it shows that the quilt is the only spot of color in the bleak winterscape.  It’s been a cold winter. I can hardly wait to get out and play in the garden again.

BFF Chain QuiltI quilted using an all over wave with lines spaced approximately 1/2″ apart. I used a cream colored Aurifil thread that blended well with the background and adds some movement to the navy piecing.

BFF Chain QuiltI love this Kate Spain print for the backing–the perfect combo of colors to coordinate with my quilt top.

BFF Chain Quilt


As you can see, I mixed in three Robert Kaufman Glamour Girls prints for three of the blocks just for added interest in the layout.

BFF Chain Quilt


I hope you are playing with some colorful fabrics right now to brighten up your winter days as well!





  1. Navy and orange is a great combo and this is a fun block. I agree with you about the lack of navy. When I was making a red, white and blue quilt for my son, it was very hard to find modern navys.

  2. I agree with you about the navy, there is a serious lack. I feel the same way about a good yellow, too, but I’m a bit partial to yellow and I never think there is enough! This is a cute quilt, and I like the updated name.

    I hope you can get out in the garden soon. I am starting to feel that itch to get my hands in the dirt!

  3. That quilt certainly does add a nice spot of color to all the non-color outdoors right now! I like the design and the quilting you chose and boy, isn’t that the perfect backing fabric? The variety in your fabrics makes for great interest. I agree that navy is a great “neutral” and we don’t see much of it.

  4. I love it! And your photos are gorgeous!

  5. Goodness gracious I am with you on navy. Also black–I am always running out of the good black prints and they are hard to re-buy! I love this color combo, the coral-orange feeds my winter citrus craving 🙂 And this winter is brutal but it sure did make for a gorgeous barn shot, wow! And I haven’t even said anything nice about the design yet…another winner, Amy!

  6. Beautiful quilt! Lovely pattern too!
    I like the way you built your quilt hanger. Awesome!
    Totally agree, the colors of the quilt shine in the winter-scape!

  7. Amy, the colors are beautiful and such a nice combo to see. You can never have too much blue in my opinion and I love the backing fabric. It gives it such a great pop of pattern and color!! Bright colors are always so good for winter!!

  8. What a stunning photo Amy! The quilt shines in all of its glory, I really like the way you quilted it. I agree about the lack of navy prints, a fabric designer should get on that, navy is such a useful colour.

  9. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the house shot!!

  10. I know just what you mean about the navy! I just had to find 11 different ones for a bee medallion, and it nearly killed me o.O

    Love the quilt though, and I especially love giant blocks!

  11. Amy, your quilt turned out so beautifully! I love the varying tones of salmon and your choice to limit the palette to such dynamic complements makes the whole thing so harmonious and musical. I adore navy too and will see what i can do to “get on it” to keep you, Dianne and Katy (commenters above) happy! 😉 Keep up your beautiful, inspiring work. xo

  12. The snow is killing me but the quilt is so adorable! I love that pattern and the fabric’s you chose. I’m in love with that quilting you are doing. Perfect!!

  13. Oh I love this…and the outside pics are lovely. And what a lovely comment from Kate Spain! Very cool!

  14. Such a great color combination. And I adore the photos of the quilt against the whole side of the barn. I have looked at the Glamor Girls fabric and couldn’t quite figure out how to use it–just goes to show that with the right “vision” such as you have, it is a fabulous addition to a quilt like this one! Cool comment from Kate Spain. She is one of my favorite designers and her fabric really looks great with the fabrics you used on the front of the quilt.

  15. This is just beautiful, Amy and yes am a little keen on a navy/coral mix too…as for navy prints…been printing up a few of those myself coincidentally 😉

  16. EEEKKK, how did I miss this!? I LOVE Navy with coral and the back is perfection and love the glamor girls in there. It adds some sexiness to the quilt which quilts hardly convey but some should! Why not be naked in love wrapped in a quilt!?

  17. Brilliant quilt Amy. I love the design, your choice of fabrics and quilting. Stunning photos too.

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