One of the first “real” quilts I ever made was when I got married almost 18 years ago was a traditional Irish Chain quilt. (I’m embarrassed to say it’s still not finished.*insert cringe here* sigh. I am publicly shaming myself so that I will get it done. One day…) There’s just something so classic about an Irish Chain Quilt! There still some of my favorites.
Which is why I think it’s so fun that Melissa Corry has written a book of new quilt designs all inspired my the Irish Chain motif. She has taken that basic diagonal “chain” design and run with it in new and creative ways! (This post includes pictures from the book itself taken by Brent Kane [courtesy of Martingale publishing] as well as affiliate links.)
Melissa’s book is called Irish Chain Quilts and there is a great variety of patterns and designs to inspire you too.
Here are pictures of a few of them from the book. This one is called Two Paths Crossed. Love the classic spin on a traditional design and colors. Such a pretty quilt!
This quilt is called Breaking Up. It is another take on a traditional Irish Chain motif, but gives it a little asymmetry and a modern spin on the design. There are more quilts that take the diagonal motif in an even more abstract direction.
One of my favorite quilts from the book is this cute little neighborhood quilt called The Village Square. Such a fun design and really fun to get together.
I put together my own version of this quilt to contribute to a quilt Melissa is making for charity with a combination of all the block designs from her book. Can’t wait to see how it turns out. This block was so quick and FUN to make – especially playing with the fabrics for those houses.
To see more blocks and designs from Irish Chain Quilts, check out these other stops on this blog tour: