Chain of Fools

The July block for the Aurifil Designer’s block of the month was designed by Laurie Simpson of  the duo Minick and Simpson. Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson are sisters who design fabrics for Moda. Laurie makes quilts and Polly hooks rugs, so they divide their designing time between cottons and wools. They have recently developed a collection of thread for Aurifil that coordinates with their Moda fabric lines.

The block Laurie designed is called “Chain of Fools” and was inspired by the song of that title, sung by Aretha Franklin. This is Laurie block:




This is my version of the block:




For the instructions for making this block, click here. This is a very pretty block, but I have to warn you that almost every seam in it is a Y seam. If you don’t have a lot of experience with in-set seams, you might want to hand piece this block. Hand piecing makes it easier to manipulate the patches for sewing. Mark the fabrics with the little dots on the templates, matching them up as you go.

Until next time,



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