How To Make An Irish Chain Quilt
Welcome to the August Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! This month, I chose to make an Irish Chain Quilt. My inspiration came from this pin from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. They have great tutorial videos!
Irish Chain Quilt
This quilt is made for my soon to be sister-in-law. Her house is decorated in white and gray so I thought this would be perfect. However, I was a little disappointed in the final product.
It began with the size of the strips I purchased. The precut fabric (called jelly rolls) are supposed to be 2 ½” wide. The gray I purchased was JoAnn brand and it was slightly less wide than it should have been. I thought it would be ok but after looking at the finished quilt top I can tell it caused some gaps. 😥 The second issue I had was the white color. The white I purchased for the small squares is a little bit whiter than the fabric I purchased for the larger squares. Overall it turned out ok but I am just a little disappointed. So enough complaining – here’s how I made it:
jelly rolls of gray fabric (I used 2 for this quilt)
jelly roll of white fabric (I used 1 for this quilt)
1.5- 2 yards of white fabric for larger squares
Backing fabric color of choice
Sew rows of dark and white strips together. Grab 2 dark strips and 1 white strip and sew those together dark\white\dark using a ¼” seam. Then grab 2 white strips and 1 dark strip. Sew those together white\dark\white. You will need twice as many with 2 dark pieces. After you have your rows of 3 sewn together, cut those into 2 ½” strips as shown in the middle picture below. Finally you will sew those sections together as shown in the last picture below (the ones with 2 dark sections go on the outside, 2 white sections go inside). The blocks that are formed will be 7″.
Cut 7″ blocks from the white yardage fabric (make sure it matches your other white haha!). The blocks when sewn together will be 6″ squares. Decide how large you would like your quilt and that will determine how many of each type of block you need. A full mattress measures about 54″ x 75″ so that would be 9 blocks by 13 blocks for a total of 117. That will just cover the top so if you want it to drop on the sides you would have to add more.
Sew all the blocks together with a ¼” seam. Add a border if desired. The final steps are to add a backing and batting, quilt it then put a binding on. Then celebrate because it’s finished!
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