Irish Chain quilts

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