Endless Chain Quilt Top

I have been posting about some of my quilt tops the last few days. Next in the “magic Box” is a red and white Endless Chain top.

It is difficult to guess the age.  Solids are very difficult to date.  It is both hand and machine pieced.

All the curves are hand pieced and the rest is done by machine.

It’s a good-sized top, 70″ x 84″.  I imagine that I will do fairly simple outline quilting on this one.  I like my quilting to enhance the piecing and pattern so I don’t like to do all over quilting patterns.

I’m currently working on hand quilting the log cabin quilt and have 30 blocks done.

 I am outline quilting each of the log pieces.  In my view this quilting is highlighting the pattern and the piecing, whereas an overall grid pattern, or even worse an all over meandering fussy pattern, would distract from, rather than enhance the log cabin pattern.

I think the same can be said for the endless chain top.  Quilting about 1/4″ from the seams of each piece in the blocks will enhance the pattern.  My diagram is not the best computer work in the world but the lines I added show where the quilting lines would be.

I might even use red and white thread.

For now its back to the log cabin

Happy Quilting


14 thoughts on “Endless Chain Quilt Top

  1. Pieceful Quilting says:

    Love this one a lot. Goes well with all those red an white quilts being quilted up in blogland!

    You’re really coming along so nicely on the log cabin.

  2. glenn says:

    Great looking red and white top. I love your quilt ideas as well. I can’t wait to see the log cabin when it’s done, I’m betting it’s going to look outstanding!!

    • timquilts says:

      Thanks Glenn
      Im anxious to see the log cabin done as well….which is code for “I’m obsessed” so Im working on it at every possible moment….Will see how long I can keep up the pace without my quilting arm dropping off!

  3. Oh, how I love that quilt pattern — it is so gorgeous in two colours, particularly red and white, and would be interesting in a scrappy variation too. This one is definitely at the top of my favourites list of those you’ve shown so far from the magic box!

    • timquilts says:

      Knowing how much you enjoy curved piecing I thought you would like this one! and I aggree it would be very prety done in a scrappy variation…perhaps I will have to try one soon/some day

  4. karenfae says:

    Love this quilt too, it looks very well made. What you suggest for quilting it sounds right to me. Your log cabin with the yellow is coming along quickly!

    • timquilts says:

      Thanks Karen
      I think sometimes the simple quilting is what is called for….since this one doesn’t have large open spaces I thought keeping the focus on the piecing would be best.

  5. audrey says:

    I’m jealous of your antique quilt tops! Love the hexagon and triangle ones esp. Your outline quilting on the log cabin quilt is bringing great texture to your quilt!

    • timquilts says:


      I love the pattern of that hexagon and triangles as well.  I think it would not be a difficult one to piece together..some day I think I will make a new one in this pattern so I can pick the colors


  6. […] and white top is in the process of being made. A pretty red and white Endless Chain top can be seen here, on Tim Latimer’s […]

  7. Julie Gunden says:

    I am just completing the quilting on my grandmother’s top that is red and white endless chain made in the late fifties. I thought for a bit I was looking at her top!


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