Paper Chain Family - FREE Quilt Block

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

This month's Quilt Block Mania theme is Family! Dozens of pattern designers have come together to share FREE quilt blocks with you every month! Carolina from AlwaysExpectMoore is spearheading the project, and it is so fun to see what everyone comes up with each month!

Paper Chain Family quilt block

Last year, when I made this quilt, I also made a cute "paper" chain made from fabric. The people are holding hands, and it creates hearts in-between them. 

Paper chain people made from fabric

I really love the paper chain, and it sits on a shelf in my sewing studio. When this month's prompt was "family," I knew the paper chain people needed to be featured again!

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The Paper Chain Family quilt block uses applique for a quick and easy finish. I prefer using Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 for this since it's tacky before pressing. That way you can move and reposition the people until they're exactly how you like them.

Paper Chain Family quilt block

The block looks good in lots of bright colors, just a couple colors, or even just one color for the family, or white like paper snowflakes!

Paper Chain Family quilt block

Ooh! Look at that as a throw quilt! 

Paper Chain Family quilt block

When testing the block, I used a bright mix of my Island Batik scraps for the people and Kona White for the background. I haven't stitched my people down yet, but I plan to use matching colors of Aurifil 50wt thread.

Paper Chain Family quilt block

The block just makes me smile! I love the hearts in-between the people, but I also love the secondary design created in the middle of the block!

Paper Chain Family quilt block

The block could be used to represent family, but it's also great for a circle of friends, a team, or even children for a teacher! Wouldn't it be a great quilt label??

And don't limit yourself to quilts! You could use the block as a panel on a tote bag too!

Paper Chain Family quilt block

Ready to make your own??

I can't wait to see your Paper Chain Family blocks!

Find even more FREE family quilt blocks from these other bloggers!

Warming by the Fire
Paper Chain Family at Slice of Pi Quilts
Family is Love
Family Quote Pineapple Block by Blockofthemodotcom
Family Pumpkin Pickin' Day
Family Crest at Always Expect Moore
Old Rocking Chair at Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Love@Home at Stash Bandit
Sisterhood by Michelle Renee Hiatt
Glimpse of Home at Scrapdash
We Are Family by Heidi Pridemore
Family Trees at Pretty Piney Quilts
Family is the Heart of Home by QuiltFabrication
Gathering by Blue Bear Quilts
Sister's Choice at Perkins Dry Goods
Every Family Has One at Patti's Patchwork
Orange Blossom Quilt
Wonky Nesting Hearts
Family Photo Block
Celtic Trinity Knot by Appliqu├ęs Quilts and More
Family Ring at Devoted Quilter
Tartan Block at True Blue Quilts
Flying Geese Family by Tacy Gray
Family Heart by Amarar Cracions

Family themed quilt blocks


  1. This is beautiful! Love it! Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. What a beautiful block! Thank you very much for sharing the pattern with us.

  3. I REALLY like this block. It reminds me of all the colors of people around the world.

  4. thank you. this is a lovely reminder of family with hearts and a flower in the middle to keep things beautiful.

  5. I like the block, but what a gorgeous snowflake it makes, too! Thank you.

  6. This pattern makes me think about an old song, I'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. It's what our world needs now!!
    Thanks for the pattern.

  7. Gorgeous! and such great secondary and tertiary patterns.

  8. Love this and the thought of paper dolls and chains. The secondary pattern created by the legs is an opportunity for something. Need to ponder.

  9. Love this block! Planning on cushions for each family member with names embroidered. Thank you for the great pattern.


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