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Introduction to the Single Irish Chain Quilt Block
Irish Chain Quilt Pattern

Single Irish Chain Quilt Block & Quilt Layout Example

© Janet Wickell

Make Single Irish Chain Quilt Blocks

Like so many other quilt blocks, the Single Irish Chain is known by other names. It's a simple quilt block, but when alternated with plain squares its patches link with each other to create color flow along both diagonals.

The Single Irish Chain's patches can be sewn together one by one, but assembly is faster when the quilt block is strip pieced from rotary cut strips of fabric.

How about those alternate blocks? The Single Irish Chain makes an excellent frame for individual sections of pre-printed panels. You can alter the block to make it work with square or rectangular panel sections.

Cutting Charts for Four Square Blocks

Strips are a little longer than necessary to allow for squaring-up.

12" x 12" Finished Blocks

Strip Set A:

  • Dark: two 3-1/2" x 29" strips
  • Light: one 6-1/2" x 29" strip

Strip Set B:

  • Dark: one 6-1/2" x 27" strip
  • Light: two 3-1/2" x 27" strips

6" x 6" Finished Blocks

Strip Set A:

  • Dark: two 2" x 17" strips
  • Light: one 3-1/2" x 17" strip

Strip Set B:

  • Dark: one 3-1/2" x 15" strip
  • Light: two 2" x 15" strips

4" x 4" Finished Blocks

Strip Set A:

  • Dark: two 1-1/2" x 13" strips
  • Light: one 2-1/2" x 13" strip

Strip Set B:

  • Dark: one 2-1/2" x 11" strip
  • Light: two 1-1/2" x 11" strips

Cut longer strips, selvage to selvage, if you plan to make additional blocks.

Use a quarter-inch seam allowance throughout.

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