The Irish Chain Quilt 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
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,
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
Here is a picture of part of a scrappy Irish Chain Quilt
This quilt was finished by
stitching in the ditch.