The Irish Chain Quilt Block
The Irish Chain quilt block is a very simple quilt block that makes strong diagonal lines.
There are many variations of this quilt block, but it is always alternated with a solid square. As you can see from the block at the left, this is a very simple 9-patch block. You can make it scrappy, as long as you have the value correct.
Some Irish Chain blocks have larger squares in the center.
Some have more grids, the the chain is doubled or tripled.
Then you cut squares, the size of the Irish Chain block, to place between the Irish Chain 9-patches. You can cut solid squares, or you could piece a light colored 9-patch block.
This is a classic block that is a favorite for beginners. It is easy to make large or small. Almost every quilter finds a project to try this one out at least once. It is also easily quilted by machine stitching in the ditch or diagonally across the rows (cross hatching).
Wall Hanging any size
Baby 36x36 up to 52x52
Lap 52-68 x 52-96
Twin 64-72 x 86-96
Full 70-88 x 88-100
Queen 88-99 x 94-108
King 94-108 x 94-108
Pre-cut Quilt Squares
Many beginning quilters like to buy quilt pre-cut quilt squares. While itis convenient, be aware you will need a lot of them. Here is approx how many 4-inch squares you need for the following size quilts without borders.
Finishing Your Project