LOVE CHAIN (Grid)
Quilt Notes: Barbara Brackman's rendering of LOVE CHAIN is a 2-block illustration (#1023) attributed to Prairie Farmer Bk 1, 1931, and Hearth and Home).
Maggie Malone (5,500 QUILT BLOCK DESIGNS, #2955) includes the design as a four patch block (as here), color accenting the irregular octagon, and increasing the illusion, seemingly of a diamond with curved ends.
LOVE CHAIN is a continuous pattern, that is, it must be tiled in order to display its entire geometric configuration (compare with FRIENDSHIP BLOCK). It is exquisite and ingenious, somewhat similar to a DOUBLE IRISH CHAIN, but far more individual.
And perhaps odd to see a love design in shades of grey (upper left), nevertheless it is appealing somehow, perhaps showing off just how magnificent the design, so that the color after all is superfluous.
As a two block pattern, note that the closed patch without the octagon is referenced as a DEWEY DREAM QUILT block by Barbara Brackman (#1803 in her ENCYCLOPEDIA). Compare with LOVE RING (illustrated left) and LABYRINTH at this site. Click here for a list of recommended books on the history and appreciation of geometric quilt designs, including a presentation on two-block patterns, and another on creating optical illusions in quilts.