Carolina Chain for Nova Scotia

This just because quilt happened kind of all of a sudden. In January I saw this quilt from Jolene at Blue Elephant Stitches.

Carolina Chain

I liked it and saved the picture. Then I was fiddling around with my 2.5″ squares and was encouraged to just DOOO something with them. I remembered this picture and next thing I knew I was calculating how much background I’d need!

I did use the tutorial from Bonnie Hunter but scaled it up to use 2.5″ squares (the original uses 2″ squares) and redid all the math to calculate yardage and the finished size. Jolene, who made the quilt above, called hers a Carolina Chain but she only used half the blocks. It’s one of those traditional quilts that needs an A and a B block for the pattern to work. Her version looks a lot like an Irish Chain.

But back to me. I made the blocks in a week. Took another week to add the setting triangles and sew the rows together. On point quilts no longer scare me – my skills have developed since my first one eight years ago.


Here’s the one picture I took of the entire process.

I used a long stashed blue on black star wars print and it was the perfect amount for the setting triangles and the binding. The only fabric I bought for this was 4m for backing. Not bad for an 80″ square quilt!



Quilt Stats:

Title: Carolina Chain for Nova Scotia

Lifetime quilt no.: 88

Started: January 21, 2020

Finished: May 4, 2020

Size: 80″x80″

Number of pieces: 1,296

Quilting: curvy pantograph, kinda random choice but it worked

I had made this quilt just for fun, and to use up fabric I had. Then the Maritime MQG put a call out for finished blue and white quilts to gift people involved in the horrible mass murder, so I popped this into the mail. I loved NS when I lived there and am thrilled to be able to send this along.


4 thoughts on “Carolina Chain for Nova Scotia

  1. Hi Nicole! Beautiful quilt and a beautiful finish. What a nice donation quilt, and how kind of you to send it along. How cool did it feel to use up mostly stash fabrics – woot woot. ~smile~ Roseanne


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