The Irish in me

double irish chain

 

The Double Irish Chain quilt is an extremely simple quilt to make and great for beginners.  After finishing the Drunkards Path quilt, I needed to do something with the left over fabric and as I was looking through The It’s Okay if You Sit on My Quilt Book, I found the pattern to create the Double Irish Chain quilt.  If you do not have “The It’s Okay if You Sit on My Quilt Book” and are a beginner like me, I would highly recommend you get a copy.  You can find copies for sale by clicking the link above.

I made this quilt by creating two alternating ten inch blocks.  The first block uses three different fabrics cut into 2 1/2 inch squares, while the second block uses two different fabrics also cut into 2 1/2 inch squares.  You will sew the blocks together to create a 5 x 5 pattern making up your 10 inch block.  If you buy the book, it will explain an easier way to build the blocks by sewing 2 1/2 inch strip into the color pattern for each row, and then cutting the pieced fabric into 2 1/2 strips to produce each row.  It took me about 4 hours to cut the fabric into strips, sew those strips together and cut them into the 2 1/2 inch rows.  Afterwards, it took about 1 1/2 days to piece everything together.

Happy Quilting!

The Mad Quilter

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