From the Comment Section: Potato Chip Quilt

I love reading the comments here on the blog. So often I get good ideas from all of you or are introduced to new things from you. I always read every comment and honestly, if you want to get in touch with me, leaving a comment is the best way to do that. I read the comments religiously…the email, not so much.

Judy recently left this comment:
When I saw the measurements for the scraps you have, I thought of another use for them that is quick and easy. A potato chip quilt. You have probably heard of those. They start with two 2 1/2″ by 4 1/2′” strips sewn together. Then you go around those with your strips in log cabin fashion, using the same size strips. The lady who long arms for me was working on one when I dropped off a quilt. She showed me how to do it. There are tutorials on line if you are interested. Fun and uses up jelly rolls or scraps. Prayers are always with you for a speedy recovery. Bless you.”

She wrote this after I said that I was busy making coin quilts because a blog reader had sent me a stack of 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles that were precut. I wanted a simple quilt I could gift and a coin quilt is the first thing that came to mind.

Well…I had never heard of a potato chip quilt. I don’t do much on the internet in regards to looking at quilting others do. I don’t read quilting magazines. I don’t go to quilt shops. I don’t read other quilting blogs besides Lovin Life at the End of a Dirt Road and Chicken Scratch from Mary at Country Threads. I just don’t have time. These I read for the people as much as I read for the quilting. They are definitely two of my favorites.

So…hearing about a “potato chip quilt” had me hopping down a rabbit hole and it had me quickly wishing I had made a potato chip quilt and not a coin quilt. Well too late for this bunch of rectangles but I do think I’ll be cutting rectangles and making a potato chip quilt.

When I looked it up online I was led to this blog…Alamosa Quilter.

I discovered this is the block…It’s the Potato Chip block.

You’ll have to go over to her blog. She shows what a finished quilt using this block would look like and shows an alternative block. It’s so fun and would put a great big dent in a basket of 2 1/2″ strips!! I happen to have one of those. Again, HERE is a link to her blog. I don’t want to take her information or share her projects. Please go to her blog and read all about it.

The block reminds me a bit of this quilt I made. It was published in a magazine and for the life of me, I can’t remember which one or when or what the magazine named the quilt. This one was made of 1 1/2″ strips. It was all put together in a Halloween type of theme. The potato chip block is a little different…but similar.

I would really love to make a potato chip quilt. I even went on YouTube and looked up the potato chip block. Conquering Mount Scrapmore has some great videos on the potato chip block and has some alternate block ideas. So fun!! HERE is a link to her videos.

Have any of you made potato chip block quilts? I’d love to know and love to see any other links or pictures you might have to inspire me. I’d like to see lots before I start making one style and wish I had another…kind of like making coin quilts rather than a potato chip quilt. Good thing I have LOTS of scraps! I can likely make 100 quilts and still have more left over. Oh my.

Thanks so much for sharing about the potato chip with me Judy. I really appreciate the inspiration!!

28 thoughts on “From the Comment Section: Potato Chip Quilt”

  1. Ana Marie Sweet

    I have made a bunch of these quilts. Some are totally scrappy, one had a large orange center (2 of the rectangles) and others were color planned. The book “Successful Scrap Quilts from Simple Rectangles” gave me all the ideas I could ever use for a quilt using one rectangle. Accuquilt even has a die that cuts two at once of the 2 X 3.5 and I have used 2.5 X 4.5 to use up jelly roll ends and leftover binding. I always have a box of pieces to work with and over the years even given away boxes of pieces. The biggest issue is dark, light and medium. Mediums do not work as well so once I did one quilt with dark and light in the middle and put all the mediums around the outside. The inner border is also the same size block in neutrals. Could not figure out how to attach a photo but if you would like any let me know.

    1. Cheryl in Dallas

      Ana Marie,

      Because I don’t already have enough quilting books, I ordered “Successful Scrap Quilts. . . “ based on the recommendation of my good friend Ana Marie Sweet, whom I’ve never met.

      Ah, well, I am down with COVID so I “deserve” a new quilting book to read and drool over.

      Cheryl in Dallas, your new best friend

  2. Cheryl randleman

    I’ve made several of these – some in similar color ways and also all scrappy. I also did one with smaller 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 rectangles also. Great way to use smaller scraps.

  3. What a great way to use scraps – I actually have a whole bunch of charms that need a pattern and this would be perfect, especially how she mentions that one of her readers used 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 scraps. Thank you Judy for showing it, and thank you Jo for including it in your blog.
    Love and prayers

  4. I made one. I like this pattern. I also saw one that was made with all neutral colors except the two corner squares on opposite corners were colored. When blocks were joined together they made little crosses. This will be my next potato chip quilt.

  5. I haven’t made one yet, but I saw the YouTube videos sometime last year and started cutting the bricks. It looks like it would be fast and fun, and Brenda has a Facebook page which show a lot of quilts he followers have made.

  6. I haven’t made one yet, but it’s on my list. I first saw one on Sylvia@Treadlestitches, and it intrigued me. Thanks for sharing the blog information. I’ll have to check it out.

  7. I saw the Potato Chip block on the From the Strawberry Patch blog. Here’s a link — . In this blog post, there were quite a few blocks complete — . And this blog post shows the whole quilt — . I didn’t want those partial stars on the edges in my quilt, so I used mostly lights on the outer blocks in my quilt. I used 2 darks and 6 lights instead of of 4 darks and 4 lights. That way, there were no partial stars. It was a fun quilt to make! (Jo, I will send a picture to your email.)

  8. I have made potato chip blocks. “You can’t make just one!”
    They finish at 12”. So I made them as angel quilts for our local hospital’s maternity ward.

  9. I had never heard about the Potato Chip Quilts but I plan to check them out because I have lots of scraps. I hope I will do one sometime soon, but I have so many other projects needing to get done!

  10. I have made several potatoe chip block quilts. I used up all my flannel scraps. I made a baby boy one, a baby girl one, a scrappy baby one and several very scrappy flannel quilts. In a couple of the quilts instead of sewing two center 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 blocks I cut a 4 1/2 inch square so all the centers of the blocks matched. Turned out really cute.

  11. I have made a few potato chip blocks with different sized strips (my process brain) – and when I was told it wouldn’t work with 1 inch strips….I had to show that yes, indeed you can use one inch strips! So I may have to pick a size and make a bunch of blocks, enough to make a quilt.

  12. I made my Potato Chip quilt from a mostly brown jelly roll and some scraps. When I laid it out I thought it needed sashing and corner stones so that the blocks showed up. I put in beige sashings with a light print (leftover from another quilt) and pink cornerstones from a Thimbleberry print. I used the beige and the pink for borders. It turned out a nice size.

  13. I have been thinking “Potato Chip” quilts since last October. I ran across a reference and tracked the pattern and some videos down. Too bad I had just given all my scraps away to a friend for charity quilting. I received an AccuQuilter for Christmas and have the 2.5 and 4.5 dies. Now just to decide what fabric to pull and use. And I just checked and I do have the book “Successful Scrap Quilts…”. Totally forgot about having it. I did make one similar to Jo’s Halloween one back in 2009 for a graduation quilt but don’t remember the name of the pattern. Sorry, gotta go read a quilt book…

  14. I first learned about this block from your blog! You posted a photo of a quilt top that had been donated using this pattern. I drew up the layout and made one using 1.5” x 3” rectangles. I don’t remember when that was but it was probably at least five years ago. It’s a very versatile pattern that can look different every time.

  15. Our guild’s community service group made blocks like these this summer and put them together into several nice quilts. We were told the name of the block was Crayon Box, but the measurements and construction look the same. One lady made up a top with all the blocks done in batiks, and it was gorgeous.

  16. Oh, this post was so fun! I’m new to potato chip blocks and I’m heading down a rabbit hole, for sure! I LOVED your version and will use it for inspiration! My mind is spinning with ideas–in a good way.

    I’m so sorry you have to go through that brutal treatment again and feel so rough from it, plus all the complications with the restricted diet. I’m constantly amazed by your strength and courage. I’m headed to Mayo next week to start the process of back surgery and I know that though they are usually so kind and helpful, there can be, maybe not roadblocks, but definitely cattle grids in the road when dealing with them. I hope everything goes smoothly for you once you get there and your recovery is easier this time around with all you learned the first time.

    1. Suzanne in Massachusetts

      I saw one about twenty five years ago at a quilt show, made a quick sketch and have made several since. It was called “carpenter’s square” since each piece finished at 2 x 4, a lumber measurement. My dad was a carpenter.

  17. Had never heard of Potato Chip Quilts, but love the idea! What a great way to use up scraps! One of the best things about quilting and the quilting community is how we learn from each other–thank you all for the inspiration and thanks to you, Jo, for your blog!

  18. I have not made the Potato Chip block, but it’s on my list. Alamosa Quilter is a daughter of a quilting friend! Isn’t my friend lucky to have a quilter daughter like yours?

  19. I recently did a program at my guild on potato chip blocks and string blocks in an effort to get some more charity quilts donated. We’re having a sewing day in February and we’re hoping everyone makes one or several. They’re easy to use several makers’ blocks because the size is self correcting. We made them at a quilt retreat and told everyone to bring spring colors, it was fun to put everyone’s scraps in one quilt.

  20. Kelly Crabtree

    Just finished a baby quilt. Pieces were already cut 2 1/2″ by 4 1/2″. I added a bit more blue.

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