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.
The Mad Quilter