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Irish Chain Quilts



Good Morning All!  Today is my stop on the Irish Chain Quilts Blog Hop.


Irish Chain Quilts was written by my friend, Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting Melissa.  Melissa and I have been online friends for many years and we met in real life last year at Quilt Market.  Melissa is just as sweet as you might imagine she is from reading her blog.  We caught up again at Quilt Market this spring and it was so fun to see what all has been going on in the past year for both of us.

Irish Chain Quilts is Melissa’s first book and I really enjoyed looking through it.  The focus of the book as you can probably tell, is on the Irish Chain–however, Melissa has given a fresh spin to this very traditional block.  She has included wonky blocks, appliqued blocks, very modern blocks, as well as a bit of tradition.  With fresh fabric choices and fun designs there is a lot to see in this book.

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Melissa asked each of the blog hop participants to make a block based on one of the quilts in the book.  She will be piecing all of the blocks into a charity quilt.  She is planning on sharing the completed quilt on her blog  on Friday and I am eager to see how it has turned out.

The quilt that I chose to make a block based off of was Connect The Dots–an dotty appliqued version of an Irish Chain.


This was such a fun block to make.

Irish Chain Block

And it was fun working with this aqua palette.  My fabric stash has an overwhelming amount of aqua fabrics.  I’m not sure how this happens as I wouldn’t claim it as one of my favorite colors–I tend to gravitate toward the warmer colors.  But, somehow these aquas always end up coming home with me.  I had to sneak a couple Prairie prints in there and was excited to see how nicely they play with some of my other favorite designers.

Irish Chain

To see more about this book, you can check out the various blog posts that have been shared:

June 8th –    Happy Quilting – Blog Hop Intro & Grand Prize Entry
June 9th –    Moda Lissa – Lissa Alexander
                    Fat Quarter Shop – Jocelyn Ueng
June 10th –  Piece N Quilt – Natalia Bonner
                    In Color Order – Jeni Baker
June 11th –  Amy’s Creative Side – Amy Ellis
                    Sew Kind of Wonderful – Jenny Pedigo
June 12th –  Quilt Story – Megan Jimenez
                    Diary of a Quilter – Amy Smart
June 15th –  Freshly Pieced – Lee Heinrich
                   Christa Quilts – Christa Watson
June 16th –  Moda Cutting Table – Carrie Nelson
                    Little Miss Shabby – Corey Yoder–(You are Here!)
June 17th –  Fresh Lemons – Faith Jones
                    V and Co.  – Vanessa Christenson
June 18th –  A Quilting Life – Sherri McConnell
                    Stitch This! – Jenny Wilding Cardon
June 19th –  Happy Quilting – Wrap Up & Grand Prizes
Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Comments (30)

  • Corey, I am going to Ireland this Summer so I have been pinning a lot of Irish Chain quilts and blocks. Always a favorite block though! Aqua fabrics? How else to make your “warm” colors sing! Love your “dots”!

    • Lucky you Anne!-that sounds like such a great trip. And of course, a perfect quilt to go with said trip!

  • I love the look of Irish chain quilts, but have never made one.This book may be the start of a new chapter in my quilting!!

  • I love the block you made — and aqua is one of my favorite colors. so I can start right in! Of course, I have many other colors in my stash — might be kind of neat done in scrappy colors — there are soooooo many possibilities.

  • Those circles are fabulous. I love the aqua color so this really calls to me.

  • Love this block and boy it sure makes an interesting variation in the Irish chain.

    • It really changes things up, doesn’t it.

  • What a neat block. I love the colors you are using. My future DIL loves aqua also.

  • This little circles quilt would also make a cute baby quilt. And, thanks for the info in your previous post about the Mochi linen.

  • One of my favorite colours as well. A beautiful block!

  • I love this!
    cute and fun

  • wow this is such a pretty block. those circles are wonderful in a chain.

  • love this circle chain quilt

  • Love your block!!! For years it seems like most of the quilts I made were pink and black…all of a sudden, it’s aqua and teals all over my quilts!!

  • I love the aqua! You even included aqua from Kaye Spain!
    Purple and aqua is my favorite color combination.
    Really fun and I can’t wait for this book.

  • What a cute block – love those circles though circles do give me some problems when cutting them out. I think perhaps you’re a closet aqua lover – you have some gorgeous fabrics there! An Irish Chain Quilt is a ‘must’ on my list of TO DOs. This book looks like a perfect way to start one.

    • Ha!–you could be right about the closet aqua lover idea! =)

  • Love the block!

  • Irish chain quilt is on my bucket list. This book would be a great motivator to get it done.

  • Wow-that’s a really nice block!
    I’m looking forward to seeing how the charity quilt comes out with all these different blocks.

    • Me too!

  • Cute block! Aqua is one of my favorite colors and that block is great!

  • So cool i would of never thought of this idea…..tytyty for sharing….

  • Corey,
    I love this block! The circles and aqua color are spectacular. Thanks for sharing the great look.

  • love your block

  • Very cute, and love the fabrics you chose.

  • I LOOOOVE your Block!!! Love the Aquas!!! Would be a most Beautiful quilt!! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Very nice, should turn out lovely

  • Love the dot and especially one of my favorite colors.

  • After seeing your beautiful aqua blocks and following the blog hop, I really decided I had to have this book, so it came home from the quilt store with me the other day. I tried to leave it behind, but when I glanced over my shoulder on the drive home, there it was in the back seat, as big as you please! I love it!

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