Irish Chain Book + Giveaway

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!

01-80_B1297_Finals.inddThis 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.

neighborhood quilt block

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:

June 8th –   Happy Quilting – Blog Hop Intro
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
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
Irish Chain Quilts Blog Hop - Grand Prises
And be sure to stop by Melissa’s blog to enter to win a copy for yourself as well as a whole bundle of other goodies! Irish Chain Quilts is available now at your favorite local quilt shop, Amazon, or from publisher Martingale (hard copy includes a free Ebook.)

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  • Reply
    June 12, 2015 at 4:42 am

    What darling quilts! I love the Village design!

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    June 12, 2015 at 6:05 am

    Your block is sew cute. I love this book.

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    June 12, 2015 at 6:24 am

    very nice looking quilts – count me in!

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    June 12, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Have never tried this type of quilt but I see it in my future – thanks.

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    Elsie Pop
    June 12, 2015 at 7:14 am

    What gorgeous quilts! I love the Two Paths Crossed – it works really well. xx

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    Lee Ann L.
    June 12, 2015 at 7:48 am

    This looks like a very interesting book!

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    June 12, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Variations on Irish Chains are always winners. I bought a book on Irish Chains when I first started quilting and I’m ashamed to say I haven’t made any! but they are on my list. 🙂

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    Doris mccarty
    June 12, 2015 at 8:38 am

    I want to make a red and white one.

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    Joan M
    June 12, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Love your sweet block! Looks like a great book to add to my library.

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    June 12, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Nice job on the cutest of the Irish chain quilts. I love the colors you used.

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    June 12, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I like your block: I fall for red ad white quilts in a big way! This looks like being a great book. Thanks for sharing your favourites.

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    June 12, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Love those little houses! This looks like a great book!

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    Lisa E
    June 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    That Village Square quilt is so cute!

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    Lori Smanski
    June 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    your block is darling. I cant wait to see the finished quilt

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    June 12, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Amy I love your story and your lovely quilt!

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    June 12, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Love two paths crossed!

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    June 12, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Your house block is so adorable! I would never have thought of using house blocks like this. Thanks for sharing.

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    June 12, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Really cute block you’ve made. I like how the houses are not the traditional type you see on so many other patterns. Love these. Great block. Thank you for showing us.

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    June 12, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    So far, I’m loving all the different Irish Chain blocks/qults. The block you made is absolutely adorable and such a unique take on the IC quilt.

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    June 12, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    I do like your quilt block shades of red and white and houses very classic with a newness

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    Glenda Penner
    June 13, 2015 at 12:14 am

    How romantic that you have a quilt whose beginning goes all the way back to the beginning of your marriage. Both are unfinished works in progress don’t you think? Glad to have come upon your blog. Lovely.

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      Amy Smart
      June 13, 2015 at 10:42 am

      True! That’s a good way of looking at it. And makes me feel less guilty about the unfinished quilt. lol

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    June 13, 2015 at 9:08 am

    This looks like a book I would really use. Your little village block is great.

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    June 13, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Beautiful chain quilts! I especially like the little houses!

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    June 13, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    I like all of the quilts. The variations are so interesting it’s hard to make a choice as to a favorite.

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    Sharon Powless
    June 13, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    I just love the batik Irish Chain!

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    June 14, 2015 at 8:36 am

    The quilts look amazing what a great book. I love the one on the cover.

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    June 14, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Now there are three quilts I absolutely must make from this book that I thought I wasn’t interested in. I love how you did your block and I can’t wait to see the charity quilt either. I think it’s going to be awesome with all of the different blocks, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see 🙂

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      Amy Smart
      June 15, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      I’m excited to see it too!

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    Susan G
    June 14, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    I really like the blocks and quilts I’m seeing. Two Paths Crossed is really pretty. I love the little houses too.

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    Donna Murdock
    June 15, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    The house one is just too cute! Gotta add this to another quilt I must do.

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    June 16, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Great block! This book looks very inspiring.

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    June 16, 2015 at 4:00 am

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    Lyn Kaufmann
    June 16, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Your red/white village block is adorable! Love the red and white combination and the houses are so fun.

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      Amy Smart
      June 16, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      Thank you! It was a fun block to make.

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    June 19, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    I would love to make an Irish Chain

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