Irish Chain Quilt

Scrappy Irish Chain Quilt by Megan Collins

I love Irish Chain quilts! I rarely repeat a quilt pattern (there are just so many quilts I want to make!), but this is my 5th Irish Chain. There are lots of options with these quilts, but this one is a simple single chain with a scrappy layout. The green really makes the chain stand out, and I think the scrappiness adds a dimension to the quilt that a two color quilt just doesn’t have. So – if you’re new to Irish Chain quilts, I’ve included a few illustrations below to show you how this one works.

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All the squares for the quilt were cut at 2 ½” x 2 ½”.  Almost all of these came from my scrap bin, but you could easily cut strips to make the process faster.  I’ve also seen a few tutorials in which the maker sews together a series of strips and then subdivides.  However, I’m a scrappy quilter, and wanted to be able to move every single square as needed.  ; ) 

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To assemble the quilt you will make two different types of 6 ½” x 6 ½” blocks.  Each will be 3 squares x 3 squares for a total of 9 squares.  The first will have your ‘chain’ running through it.  The second will be made up of scrappy squares in the quilt’s main color palatte.  You can assemble these without putting the entire quilt on the wall if you have limited space.  I made a mess first – and then put these larger units together. 

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Once you have the 6 ½” x 6 ½” squares ready, piece the quilt in ever expanding squares. And you’re done! It’s a simple quilt, but definitely a fun one to play with color and scraps!

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