Oddfellows Chain, a Large Patchwork Quilt Block Pattern

  • 01 of 04

    How to Make Oddfellows Chain Quilt Blocks

    Oddfellows Chain Quilt Block Pattern
    Oddfellows Chain Quilt Block Pattern. Janet Wickell

    Oddfellows Chain is a large quilt block pattern that's suitable for many types of quilting projects. Have fun experimenting with color and contrast among its many patchwork pieces.

    Before you choose fabrics, be sure to take a look at page 4 to see a few more variations of the quilt block.

    The quilt block finishes at 16-inches square. Make as many blocks as you need for a wall hanging or bed quilt, or add borders to a single quilt block to create a lap quilt. The design works perfectly for a medallion quilt, especially when it's arranged on point, which makes the block appear even larger.

    Oddfellows Chain is sometimes called Oddfellows Star, although the two blocks are not identical.

    Fabric for One Oddfellows Chain Block

    Read the entire pattern before cutting fabric for the quilt block.

    Colors refer to the block illustrated -- change as desired.

    Light Green Print

    • Center square: (1) 8-1/2" x 8-1/2" square
    • (2) 3-3/4" x 3-3/4" squares, each cut in half once diagonally (a teeny bit larger than its true size, but will work fine)

    Dark Green Print

    • (8) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares
    • (4) 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares

    Purple Print

    • (4) 4-7/8" x 4-7/8" squares, each cut in half once diagonally

    Light Background Fabric

    • (4) 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangles
    • (8) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares
    • (4) 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares
    • (8) additional 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" squares, each cut in half once diagonally
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  • 02 of 04

    Sew Oddfellows Chain Patchwork Units

    Oddfellows Chain Quilt Block
    Assemble the Patchwork for the Oddfellows Chain Quilt Block. © Janet Wickell

    Make Patchwork for Block Corners

    Refer to the diagrams above as you make patchwork units for the Oddfellows Chain quilt block.

    1. Pair a 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" background square with a dark green square of the same size. Use the easy half square triangle unit method to sew the pair together. The result will be two half square triangle units, each measuring 2-1/2" x 2-1/2".

    2. Repeat to make a total of 8 units.

    3. Gather two of the 2-1/2" background squares. Arrange two half square triangle units and two squares into two rows (top left illustration). Sew the components of each row together. Press seam allowances towards the light squares unless they are very light.

    4. Join the rows to create the patchwork unit shown upper right. Make three more identical units. Set aside.

    Try the Magic 8 technique for half square triangle units to make eight identical units at the same time.

    Make Flying Geese for the Quilt Block

    1. Find a 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" background rectangle and two 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" dark green squares. Draw a line from one corner to the opposite corner on the reverse side of each green square.

    2. Use the quick pieced flying geese method to sew squares to the each end of the rectangle.

    3. Repeat to make a total of four flying geese units (middle left illustration).

    If you are making many quilt blocks, consider using the no-waste flying geese method instead. For each block, you will need (1) 5-1/4" x 5-1/4" light square and (4) 2-7/8" x 2-7/8" green squares (instead of the rectangles and squares used above). 

    Sew Patchwork to the Flying Geese

    1. Using a quarter inch seam allowance, center and sew a light green triangle (cut by dividing a 3-3/4" square in half diagonally) to the bottom edge of a flying geese unit. Press seam allowance towards the triangle. Repeat for all four flying geese.

    2. Find the triangles created by dividing (4) 2-7/8" background squares in half diagonally. Sew a triangle (short side) to each side of the unit created in step 1 (mirror image sides -- long edges will flow with the edge of the light green triangle). Press seam allowances towards the triangles unless they are very light.

    3. Repeat to create 3 more identical units.

    4. Center and sew a purple triangle to each side of each unit, lower right illustration. Press seam allowances towards the large triangles.

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  • 03 of 04

    Finish Sewing the Oddfellows Chain Quilt Block

    Oddfellows Chain Quilt Block
    Assemble the Oddfellows Chain Quilt Block. © Janet Wickell

    Assemble the Quilt Block

    1. Arrange patchwork components and the 8-1/2" light green square into three rows as shown, left illustration.

    2. Sew components of each row together. Press new seam allowances in the middle row towards the center square. Press new allowances in the top and bottom rows towards the corner units.

    3. Press the quilt block. It should measure 16-1/2" x 16-1/2". If your block is slightly different, or skewed, try one of my ​easy quilt block squaring up methods.

    Continue to 4 of 4 below.
  • 04 of 04

    Oddfellows Chain Contrast Variations

    Oddfellows Chain Quilt Block Variations
    Oddfellows Chain Quilt Block Variations. © Janet Wickell

    Try a Few Different Contrast Variations

    The blocks illustrated above show two more ways to manipulate the design by varying color and contrast. You'll find many other looks for an Oddfellows Chain quilt block, especially if you sew with more than three fabrics.