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Christmas Irish Chain Quilt

I’ve always wanted to make an Irish Chain quilt, so I finally did. I just love their simplicity. Earlier this year I purchased fabric for a Christmas tree mini quilt pattern I designed and made (but haven’t released) and since it didn’t require a lot of fabric, I luckily had enough left for an entire quilt, scrappy binding included!

Greetings by Kaye England for Wilmington Prints

I definitely prefer traditional red and green Christmas colors and this fabric was a perfect choice as it offered peppermints, poinsettias, old-fashioned toy tops and letters to Santa for some old-style fun.

I started piecing this in May and finished in August which seems like it took me a long time, but I made a couple of other quilts in between, and overall, it went together relatively quick. I used precut 2 ½” strips so I was able to strip piece and chain piece the nine patch blocks.

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The background fabric is Kona Cotton Snow, which blended nicely with the light colors in the printed fabric. For quilting, I went with my ever-so-popular (and quite possibly ‘overdone’) crosshatch. I made my marks using a hera marker and as usual, it took a lot of time from start to finish.

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I thought the crosshatch would give the plain blocks some texture and I quilted my lines 1 ½” apart. I’m pretty happy with the results! It’s also a generous size, finishing at 64 ½” x 76 ½”.

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It’s hard to discern, but the backing is white with a faint gray/silver snowflake print. And for some reason that fabric is so soft!

Well, now I’ve got my traditional Irish Chain quilt that I can finally enjoy this holiday season.

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Merry Christmas!

24 thoughts on “Christmas Irish Chain Quilt”

    1. Thank you so much Jennifer! No, sorry, I don’t have a pattern available. I made my quilt based on a tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co. (adapted to the size I wanted). If you google their tutorials (Irish Chain Quilt) you’ll easily find it.

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  1. I was looking for a Christmas quilt to st a rtf for next year and came across y our quilt!! I have always wanted to do an Irish Chain quilt & this is perfect since I was wanting to start a Christmas quilt. It is beautiful!! Thank for the great directions!!

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    1. I’m glad you found my Irish Chain quilt post useful. It was really fun to see it come together; relatively quick too! I think you’ll enjoy making one. Thank you for stopping by my website and for the lovely comments.

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    1. Hi Sarah,
      Thank you for the compliment on my quilt! Sorry, but since I didn’t follow a pattern, I am not sure how much background fabric I used…my best guess is somewhere around five yards.

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      1. Sure, Sarah. I am making another Irish Chain quilt (on point) for my bed so I too will be figuring out background fabric yardage! Thanks for stopping by my website.

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