Monday, March 9, 2020

The Wearin' of the Green Revisited

I posted this last year and I love this quilt so much, I wanted to share it again! I used the Uncorked Collection by Windham Fabrics to make this in a 10" block size. Irish Cross and Chain is the name of the quilt. It is featured in my Quilter's Block a Day Calendar (now out of print).

Irish Cross and Chain Quilt: 28" x 28"
These two 10" blocks from March 17 and 18 are a perfect way to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day! I offer all 31 blocks in a 50 page pdf at my Etsy store.  This larger quilt is a digital pattern that was included in the CD version of my calendar.

Irish Cross and Chain: 64" x 74"
Let's see each of these blocks up close:

Double Irish Cross (10") is the March 17 block  (for St. Patrick's Day, right?) I raw edge appliquéd the hearts, but they could just as easily be done by hand. I first stitched the rotary cut cream and green squares and rectangles and then put the four hearts over top.

March 17 block: Double Irish Cross - 10"
Double Irish Patches (10") is the March 18 block. Each of those squares finishes to 2". When the two blocks are put together they form a Double Irish Chain! It is a traditional/vintage block that's been around for well over a century.

March 18 block: Double Irish Patches - 10"
I made a quilt in early 2000 using the Double Irish Chain pattern and my alternating blocks are machine embroidered butterflies and wreaths. Let's take a look:

Double Irish Chain
I hope you will look in your stash for some green fabrics and give a thought to making a Double Irish Chain quilt. There are lots of helpful web sites with free patterns. As you know, Craftsy suspended my store and I can't offer free patterns at my Etsy store. But you can find the 31 blocks from March in my Etsy store!

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you (on Tuesday, the 17th)!

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