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Thread: Jack's chain/ring cycles

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    Jack's chain/ring cycles

    Hi - I've fallen in love with the Jack's chain posted by Cam's gram from the quilt show, and I've been studying it, but there are some important things I'm not getting:

    1. Is Jack's chain kind of the same as "Ring Cycles," except for the center?

    2. Is there a special way to get the overlapping, echoing, circle effect (not sure what to call it), maybe using certain values together? I have seen a few online that do not have it, but the show quilt really did.

    3. Can you get the circle effect by using brights on a dark background? Might I get discrete circles instead that simply sit there?

    Thankful for any comments you can share.

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    charlotte

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    oddly, when I Googled 'quilt pattern jack's chain', the first image that came up was Ring Cycles!
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    and here's one that says Ring Cycles - a Jack's Chain quilt
    https://addicted2fabric.com.au/2014/...s-chain-quilt/
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    I just finished and posted pictures of a quilt called Rainbow of rings. It is the similar pattern to Jack's Chain. I use a light background with 30's prints for the 9 patches. It is a challenging pattern. I can answer questions on assembly if that helps. The secondary 'ring' pattern forms when the blocks are put together. I will look forward to seeing yours.

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    I also love Ring Cycles and have the pattern. Have not got brave enough to start it though.
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    Wow! Just looked at the link, that’s gorgeous and looks very daunting to piece.

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    I love this quilt pattern, too... I'm going to make it, also. I wonder size the 9P's are finished? I suppose you can make them whatever size you want increasing size of hexi and filler diamonds, as well. It does look like a bit of a challenge. Mary....I'm going to find yours!,

    Edit to add: OMGosh, Mary....yours is amazing. Like the quilt show's rendition, I like the white diamonds instead of print fabric. Just gorgeous!!
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    Have just been studying Jacks Chain and Ring Cycles, and there seems to be a technical difference. I'm assuming JChain has each 'ring' joining by a 9patch, whereas the RCycles is joined by the triangles which forms the diamond, and the circles appear to overlap. The latter is on my list too.

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    I've been in love with "Jacks Chain" for a few years now. One of these days I'll make one big enough to cover my bed and then retire from quilting....LOL

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    Jack's Chain Quilt is the seventh picture from the Chicago Quilt Show today. Love it.
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    Thanks to all of you who replied. I could have looked for days and not seen the difference that Gay pointed out! Maryb119, your quilt is so amazing. Now, I just have to work up a bit of courage.

    hugs,
    Charlotte

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    Quote Originally Posted by rryder View Post
    Wow! Just looked at the link, that’s gorgeous and looks very daunting to piece.
    I agree, Rob. The quilt in that link is beautiful, but I'm not sure I'm brave enough to take it on. I'm in awe.
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    I love this pattern, too. Lots of eye movement, which always...well...catches my eye

    Here's a link to a free pattern. It breaks it down to simple for me to understand steps.

    I like the one in the link, but it is a little busy for my taste. Mine will be a little bit simpler with fabric choices.

    enjoy! And let us know if you start it .... we are all interested!!

    http://www.quilterscache.com/J/JacksChainBlock.html

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