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The Irish Chain Quilt Block

the Irish chain quilting block

The Irish Chain quilt block is a very simple and frugal quilt block that makes a striking pattern. 

As you can easily see in the picture above, the block is a 9 patch, made of nothing but squares.  What makes the overall design so interesting is repetition of the pattern when alternated with solid squares.  The diagonal line of the block become very strong.

This can be a very frugal quilt when it is made scrappy with pieces of leftover fabric.  I have a picture at the bottom of the page of a scrappy baby quilt. 

 To make this quilt quickly, it is usually strip pieced. You will need 2 strip sets.  The first one, illustrated at the left is for the top and bottom row.

You also need to make a strip set for the middle row.  Instead of a red, white, and red strip, it will have a white, red, and another white strip.

Cut the rows from your strip sets, and then piece the block.

Using easy measurements, a good grid size for the squares in this block is to finish at 3 inches. Cut the strips 3 1/2 inches raw, and the block will finish at 9 inches.

This classic quilt is often done in solid red and white blocks. 

the Irish chain quilt block in red and white

the Irish chain quilt block in red and white

the Irish chain quilt block in red and white

 

the Irish chain quilt block in red and white

the Irish chain quilt block in red and white

Here is a picture of part of a scrappy Irish Chain Quilt.  Notice that the rows are not as easy to see when you make it scrappy.

a scrappy Irish Chain Quilt

 

 

 

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