The quilt pattern I’m talking about today, I haven’t made in years, but when I first started quilting I made this quilt often. It’s one of those quilts that uses up a fair amount of scraps, somehow always looks good, and the beginner quilter can handle easily.
If you are have lots of smaller cuts of fabrics or have a box of 3.5″ squares like me, this is the quilt for you. Keep reading! I’ve got you a free pattern download today!
While working on this quilt I was often thinking back when I first started quilting. A time when hours of simple chain piecing thrilled me. Who am I kidding? I still love hours of chain piecing. I find the monotony soothing and relaxing. I always did.
So unlike her sisters, the double and the triple Irish Chain, Single Irish Chain takes a whole lot less time. It’s pretty basic, but such a good scrap buster and a quilt that you don’t have to put a whole lot of thought into. It’s really all about the doing.
I think this would also be a great quilt to do in a single color. I’m thinking I’m going to do that in the near future.
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Please note that this is a free quilt pattern and it has not been tested by anyone but myself.
I’ve included some chain piecing tips and some easy resizing tips as well.
Pattern – Single Irish Chain
Size – 108×108″
Blocks – (72) 9-patches and (72) background blocks
Top Fabrics – Main: Scraps and Stash Background: Vanilla – Grunge, Black Stars – Darlings, Copper Metallic – Add it Up, Miss Thread in Anew, Stripe Natural, Metallic Gold – Brushed, The Spot Vanilla and more.
Backing Fabrics – Spackle News Paper Clipping
Binding – Ivory Floral – Summer Sweet
Skill Level – Beginner
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This particular quilt is off and heading to its new home. I do hope it will be loved and snuggled. I made this king size version for a commission. Never do I opt to “just” make a king size quilt. Anyway, I’m in the room off to my sewing room where the Bernina sits (I only ever use it for quilting), it’s just the domestic 550 model, but a good machine.
My husband walks in and just stares at me. There is quilt everywhere. There’s quilt smooshed up in the throat to the right of the needle, quilting falling off the table to the left of the needle. Quilt smooshed between the wall and the machine and quilt draped all over my lap and I’m just meandering along. And he says, “We have got to get you a longarm. How are you doing this on that little machine?”
It’s patience, but it’s actually not as hard as one might think. There’s a bit more stopping and starting to adjust, but it can be done. Then again, I won’t say no to a longarm, but where in the world would I put the thing?
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