Before March is over, I thought I'd take a minute and talk about patterns for an Irish Chain quilt. People often are in search of a pattern designed to fit inside the blank square, with all of it's pointy edges. The patterns shown below, are drawn to fit that way.
Jen's Irish Chain is a typical block with pattern extending into all of the little corners.
The Irish Chain Fill block extends into the corners and has an open center to accommodate blocks with applique or embroidery in the center.
But when I quilted the quilt shown here, I wanted to use more traditional feathers. By quilting straight lines through the chain and another line into the white areas, I changed the open space from pointy to a simple square and my Square Feather block fit perfectly. And since my Amish Feather Border matches it, I only had to make two design decisions for the whole quilt. Using a block and a border from the same set is a Quick Custom idea and I'm very happy with the traditional look of this quilt.
Here are the patterns I used in this quilt.
Infinite Feathers Large Square Feather
Infinite Feathers Amish Feather Border and Corner
These two would work as well.
Leaf and Feather Set large block
Leaf and Feather Border
I hope you'll keep this idea in mind for when an Irish Chain quilt top comes your way. Anita
Anita has a long background rooted in traditional handwork and quiltmaking, which she still enjoys.
Often, these days, you'll find her digitizing patterns for the Statler Stitcher and other computerized longarm quilting machines. Her summer days are spent in the garden and she loves finding new ways to prepare good veggie-based meals.
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