BOMs Away – Jack’s Chain


I have never been so excited to cut half-rectangle-triangles! This month, the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is yellow, and yellow is one of the few colors I did back in 2015 when I started this. {Quit judging me.} I decided to patiently wait out any setting cutting or piecing until one of my already-finished colors came up. Five full months of patience! It’s a miracle, people.

So I cut my triangles and another bit of background. And did my piecing. {Which, the pattern has a template to cut off the dog ears. Use it. It makes a huge difference in lining up headaches!}

And finally! I get to see what I’m actually doing with all these nine patches! And oh my, it is worth it.

I’m still not positive about the red – I don’t want it to overpower the quilt, but I like the way it looks on the pattern cover. I think it helps define the rings more? But then my red nine patches will kinda blend wrong. But if I change to all the white background, it’ll be obvious that the nine patches have a different background? And I absolutely draw the line at redoing the nine patches.

So I don’t know yet. I can pick off the red and use it in a Quilts of Valor, easy enough – even a Jack’s Chain QOV!

I guess I have another few months to think about this, and a nice long road trip soon enough for some seam ripping! How about everyone else? Link up here or at What a Hoot!

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14 thoughts on “BOMs Away – Jack’s Chain”

Cynthia Brunz

Thanks for sharing how you are putting your blocks together. This is so much easier than the traditional way!


Oh gosh! What an unusual way to put together a Jack’s Chain. I made one the old fashioned way and have another in the works. This looks soooooooo much easier and has the same effect. Wonderful!


I’ve always wanted to make a Jack’s Chain quilt, so I’m excited to see your version. I like the red background pieces, it definitely gives an added visual punch. Don’t worry about the reds going together, once you have more blocks made it won’t stand out at all. According to Mary Ellen Hopkins, all reds go together!


I think the red looks fine – it is a scrappy quilt and somehow it will all work out. This is a really neat pattern, by the way.

Paula Budinger

The red looks totally different in the closeup pieces photo and much darker in the second pic. You should look at the whole ring, etc in different lighting sources and especially where it may be used. Good luck with the decision.

The Joyful Quilter

Hooray!! for beginning the piecing. SEW excited to see this coming together!


I love that white confetti fabric! Perhaps if you’re not sold on the red, what about a shade between the red and the white? If you go a bit lighter, maybe that would help? It’s very cool to see how this goes together!

Rebecca Grace

Your Jack’s Chain looks fantastic! I have seen those quilts, admired them, and wondered how they were made. I don’t know, but the red seems to be working to me.

Vicki in MN

I am liking what I see on your Jack’s chain quilt, a really cool design.

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Oh my! This is looking fantastic! Thank you sharing this very inspiring work on Midweek Makers!


I’ve always loved Jack’s Chain but didn’t like the set in seams. This one is a great idea and I definitely think you should use red or another color instead of white. It’s looking good.


Hey, look at that! I think you’ll lose the ring effect entirely if you go with all white background. The red 9-patches don’t look bad with this red. What other choices are you considering for the red background? Gray (thinking that’s the only color that isn’t going to be in the 9-patches)?

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