Scrappy Irish Chain Class

In March, I taught a scrappy Irish Chain class for a Chilliwack guild. Thank you to the guild organizers for having me teach this class via Zoom!

Here’s some pictures of some of the results:


This is Shirley’s quilt. Very scrappy!

And here it is quilted! I like the variety of straight line quilting!


Here is Carol’s and this is what she says: “They are not sewn together yet,as I want to do something in the white blocks. Maybe a hexagon, or Shamrock. ” 

And she chose to add some sweet hexis in the centre!


Donna used the blocks to frame a Canada panel. Aren’t her blocks a perfect frame for the panel?

And here it is all quilted:


And, here is Pat’s … all quilted and just needs a label! And, I LOVE the quilting! And the border … probably a lot of the left-over 4 patches all joined together!


Cheree’s is HUGE! 104″ x 104″. A Lot of scraps used here! And I like the border … random coloured blocks!


This is Elaine’s. Don’t you LOVE the quilting?


Charlene’s has black for the neutral … it sure makes the colours pop!


Joyce made her’s into a rectangle …


And finally, one of my scrappy Irish Chains that inspired the class. This quilt was made entirely from other people’s scraps … not a single scrap of my own was in it. It was after making this quilt that I quit diving into garbage cans at sew days and retreats and started to refuse scraps from other people! I need to use up my OWN scraps!


One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

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24 thoughts on “Scrappy Irish Chain Class

  1. Everyone’s quilt is so pretty. Since the AccuQuilt I have been saving smaller pieced that before would have went into the trash. So I have a lot of 2″ squares and hst patches, will have to add this as an option. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down.

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    • Hi Denise!
      The Scrappy Irish Chain is perfect for your 2″ squares. As you’re sewing other projects, start sewing those scraps into 4 patches etc and before you know it, you’ll have all your pieces for the quilt done! πŸ™‚

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  2. You must be so proud to see all those variations! Your students did a great job and so did you. Love your quilt. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

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  3. The image of you diving into the trash can at sew days is too funny! All of these Irish Chain quilts are gorgeous! I’m dying to make one someday, mostly so I can custom quilt all the fabulous negative space between the chains. I should start a quilter’s bucket list to keep track of all of my wanna-makes!

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    • Hi Rebecca,
      I don’t know if you do “leaders and enders,” but it’s a perfect way to get started on your Irish Chain. Decide on the size your squares are going to be and start making “twosies” and “4 patches” and what I call “doors.” Then just keep them separate and soon you’ll have a log without even planning it too much! πŸ™‚

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  4. What a wonderful parade of Irish Chain quilts. You obviously had a great class that were lucky to get a very inspirational teacher!

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    • Hi Laura Kate,
      When I teach the class, participants have a couple of choices as to what size they use. From the pictures, I have no idea which size each participant used.

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  5. How nice to see “in progress” and completed photos. The quilting is great on these quilts. I agree about not taking anyone else’s scraps as mine seem to grow when I’m not looking.

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