Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Quilt Pattern is finally ready!

Remember this quilt? 

First off - thank you for all the kind wishes you extended to my friend. It's clear that most of us have been affected by issues with neurological disorders - either ourselves or someone we love. I hope that we can all continue to be open and frank about the reality of those issues because I think that is what will bring the most healing and help in those difficult situations.

Second - thank you so much for the kind quilt love! I have to be honest - I wondered if anyone would even like this quilt because in my mind, it was rushed and imperfect. So thank you for the lovely boost to my self-esteem.
I found a copy of the picture with the throw pillow that inspired the quilt.  I was working against a fast approaching deadline (the wedding!), so I had to simplify the design a lot, but someday I still want to do something with as many borders, etc. as that design has. Mmmm... the wheels in my brain are turning . . .

Finally- thanks for the awesome pattern name suggestions!! Some of my favorites included Plinko (by Jen O), aMAZEing Grace (by Gremma), and Life is Like a Box of Chocolates (by quilter girl).  But the one I finally chose was Chain Linked suggested by Kacey. Love it! Catchy and memorable. Kacey, send me an email and I'll send you a copy of the pattern!

Kacey wasn't the only person who mentioned 'links'. (But she was the first to suggest Chain Linked.) So all you other Link-inspired people (Rhonda, Marcia, Erin, Mary, Sooz and Alice R.) the pattern is yours at half-price. Send me an email and I'll tell you what to do.
Chain Linked by Amy Smart is now officially available for purchase for $8.00
in downloadable .pdf format.

  • The finished quilt measures 61" x 82". (Would be very simple to make bigger by adding borders or additional blocks.)
  • This quilt is definitely falls in the "amaze and astound your friends category" because it's very simple to put together; it only looks much more complicated than it really is. 
  • This pattern is Charm Pack friendly - you don't need a huge stash to achieve the multi-fabric look.
  • Solids require about 2 yards each of a dark and light fabric. Details in the pattern.
This pattern consists of  4-pages of color instructions.  The pattern can be purchased by clicking on the Buy Now button above. It will also be available in my new Pattern Shop.  (See button over there --->? Towards the top??)  I will also list it in my etsy shop, but it's cheaper if you buy it here.  The pattern will be emailed as soon as payment clears.  Please let me know if there is interest in a hard-copy version and I will list that too.

Many thanks again for your encouragement.  I don't know if I would have had the guts to go forward with this  whole pattern business with out it.  Thanks also to Quilt Story for featuring this quilt and its story this week.


  1. Love it! But before I buy it - can you tell me the finished size and the material requirements so I can figure out costs?


  2. New to your blog. I love your quilts and ideas. And the Chained Link is brilliant. I love it!

  3. Beautiful pattern! I'm a new quilt maker and have been looking and looking for my next project. I really want to make a king size quilt for our bed. Does this pattern include dimensions to fit a king size bed?

  4. What a great quilt!! Just ordered the pattern. Thsnks for sharing!

  5. I love this...I love how you can do something funky and modern or sweet and vintage and the result is always the same: a lovely quilt.

  6. Love the name love the pattern. Wow!!!

  7. Love, love, LOVE it!

    Seriously, though....can a novice make it?

  8. Well done, Amy. It's lovely. I'm sure people will be falling all over themselves to buy the pattern.

  9. Lovely quilt Amy, and great to see it on Quilt Story :)

  10. Fantastic Quilt. I love the solid geometric designs with the bold, bright fabrics squares.

  11. Oh, it soooo cool!!!!! This one would be great for my son's room.. I just have to finish the one for his twin sister first..

  12. A couple responses for people I couldn't reply to in email:

    @Kandra - Thanks so much for your comment! - I updated the post with the measurements and fabric info. Email me and I can give you more details.

    @BaileyFamily - This pattern doesn't include instructions for a King, but if you want to email me I'd be happy to help figure it out!

  13. great job Amy, it's beautiful and love that you included your inspiration.

  14. It's fantastic! It's definitely going on my wish list.

  15. i love it!
    I was really inspired by the quilt and attempted to do something similar for a gift... it turned out fine, but I will suggest to people that they buy your pattern because it was a MATH PROBLEM AND A HALF!
    beautiful work, I will be buying the pattern, just to say thank you for the inspiration... =) and to get the math you used for a larger one that I will be making for Christmas.
    This is a fun one to sew up.
    thanks AMY!

    ps - here's the link to mine

  16. Amy, congratulations! What an awesome quilt! I can hardly wait to hear how it went pulling it all together.

    cheers, Calli

  17. LOVE LOVE LOVE the pattern! Love so much that this beginner quilter had to make one...


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