Chain of Fours – a Finished Quilt


So, this quilt – I’m just going to start out by bragging. Quilts of Valor is putting together a book with one quilt from every state, and this quilt is one of the three finalists for Washington. Go me! The Quilts of Valor mission is obviously near and dear to my heart, as a military wife. I have a goal of making four tops a year for the organization.

Chain of Fours - A Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

If it’s chosen, it’ll be in the book and travel to “major exhibits” in 2018 before being presented to a veteran. If it’s not chosen, it goes to a veteran this summer instead. Win win!

The pattern is Chain of Fours by Porch Swing Quilts, edited by me. Jennie is the best person to pattern test for, because she doesn’t care if I use the latest and popular fabrics. When I saw this had bunches of 2.5″ squares in it, I knew I was going to do it scrappy RWB, because I have stacks of leftover binding strips. So folks, if you have one of my quilts with blue binding, there’s a part of you in this one, too!

Chain of Fours - A Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

The quilting is something I call “double curve” because I don’t know the real term for it. It’s a good one for me because I can cross over lines to fill in spaces that I miss. {And I still always miss spots!} And I make secret swirly hearts! I used variegated RWB So-Fine, which has a much better variegation than the regular Superior Threads at my rental place. They spoil me there and let me use the good stuff!

Chain of Fours - A Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

I actually took it out of the backyard for pictures! And see how the wind rewarded me?

{Side note: that’s my training partner, and this is my running trail. We have the best running trails. THAT LAKE!}

{Side note: the running trail is featured in Z Nation. Which, um, yeah, it can be creepy, I guess.}

Chain of Fours - A Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

We tried the other direction, but the wind did not behave. Nice shot of her legs, though!

Chain of Fours - A Quilts of Valor by Katie Mae Quilts

Much better! And not my fence!

The backing is Quilting Treasures Ombre Scroll {high five for non-pieced wide backings!} The front is obviously scrap-tacular.

60×80″ – twenty inch blocks yield the perfect Quilts of Valor size

See also: Finish It Up Friday, Whoop WhoopTGIFF, Needle & Thread ThursdayMonday Making, Main Crush MondayScraptastic Tuesday, Oh Scrap!, Show Off SaturdayOne Monthly GoalFinish Along {list}

13 thoughts on “Chain of Fours – a Finished Quilt”


It’s beautiful! As a fellow Washington State quilter, I’m rooting for it to be in the book! Great work on it, and what a fun photo shoot!

Janice Holton

Visiting from Crazy Mom Quilts. Congrats on the honor! This is a great quilt and kudos for the four quilt tops a year goal for QOV.

Carie @ Space for the Butterflies

Oh that is a gorgeous quilt! Good luck and fingers crossed that you’re chosen – it’s hard to imagine that there could be a prettier entry!


Yay! It’s very exciting, I hope your quilt makes the book! Your fabric choices are perfect, the scrapiness is really beautiful!

Caryl @ cinnamon holiday workshop

Awesome quilt!! Thanks for sharing!


I love it! Good luck on being chosen. It’s a very nice quilt. Love all the scrappiness!


so pretty and good luck on being chosen!!!


That is so cool that it’s a finalist! Totally deserves to win – love the combo of the scraps and the backing, and fun quilting. 🙂


LOL the photo struggle is real!

Kat Scribner

It’s a gorgeous finish and a great design. Any veteran will love it! Great job.


p.s. yay for taking it on an actual photoshoot! Always worth giving it a try! 😉


This is beautiful! I really hope it gets it!!


Wow! Gorgeous! Love the wind pictures.

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