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Irish Chain Quilt Along!

Good morning, and welcome to my (Jocelyn’s) post for Melissa Corry’s Irish Chain Quilts Blog Hop! I’m thrilled to be involved, especially because Melissa’s book is wonderful and she is wonderful. She’s not kidding around with the title “Happy Quilting” – happy describes how she makes us all feel. 

The quilt block I made for Melissa’s Irish Chain Charity Quilt is the Charm Bracelet. I don’t know if it’s the fun wonkiness or her fabric choice (Heather Bailey’s True Colors!) that caught my eye, but that’s the one I had my heart set on. So here’s my block! My own little twist on it was the added wonky four-patch center. In for a penny, in for a pound, am I right?

Charm Bracelet worked perfectly for me because of my skill level (10 quilts and under) and because you can’t immediately figure it out which I love. I’m not always a fan of wonkiness, but it’s a clean, balanced wonky, if that makes sense. The instructions are clear and simple, and all you need to be able to do skill-wise is sew up a nice little nine-patch! And it gets really fun once you start slicing away. It’s a great quilt for someone who wants to try something just a little different!

Melissa was gracious enough to sign a copy of Irish Chain Quilts for us to give away on the Jolly Jabber. For a chance to win, all you need to do is post a comment on our blog letting us know if you’ve made an Irish Chain quilt before. 

Visit Melissa’s blog for a chance to win the GRAND PRIZE

Thank you so much for joining me and happy quilting! 


  1. Yes, I have made an Irish Chain quilt before! Gave that quilt away as a gift — should make another one!!! Thanks!

  2. Inadvertently made one when I was just beginning to quilt. No plan, no reference material, no Internet! Haven't made one since.
    rmgsummers at yahoo dot com

  3. Yes, I have made an Irish Chain Quilt, and it too was given as a give, also
    in the process of making another one for a gift also. Really liking Melissa Corry's "Irish Chain Quilt" Book.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!


  4. I made a Double Irish Chain quilt for my stepson – loved how easily it went together – so I made another one a few years later and my daughter has it now! I LOVE Irish Chain quilts!!

  5. Technically speaking I have not made an irish chain quilt. I have made a few that included an irish chain variable, so maybe that counts.I would love to win this book so I could give an irish chain a try, Thanks for the chance.

  6. I've never made an irish chain quilt. I too am in the under 10 quilts catagory. I love your wonky quilt!
    mabay1981 at gmail dot com


  8. I have never made an Irish chain quilt. What a shame since I am Irish. You have planted a seed and now I think I will need to make one. I look forward to it. ��

  9. I cannot believe I have never made an Irish Chain quilt! They are so classic, and lovely both in traditional and modern settings. Thanks for the chance! 😉

  10. I have never made an Irish Chain quilt, but when I had longarm quilting business, I quilted several for clients. I love them and look forward to making one.

  11. I made an Irish chain quilt as my second quilt. Nothing like being naive about the complexity. It came out ok.


  12. I love your quilt! Such fun colors !
    Yes, I made Melissa's Irish Chain Twist (lap size) in the quilt along she just had. It was so fun to make. That was my first Irish Chain quilt.


  13. Wow – I love Irish Chains – I've made one but it was so long ago – It was for my granddaughter when she was about 6. Now she's 16! Thanks – I love wonky too so this is a win-win quilt!

  14. hahaha, the neighbor made a quilt for her DAUGHTER and it is one of HER prized possesions! 😉 That sounds familiar!!! hilarious! I am Irish and I quilt. Does that mean I have made and irish chain? no, not yet…

  15. I have made a few Irish chain quilts before. I need to try to make a modern one. Thanks for the chance.

  16. I have not made an Irish Chain quilt…yet. I have checked out Melissa's tutorial for one, and it's definitely on my to-do list! So I guess I should say I'll make one soon!

  17. Yep, I've made two Irish chain quilts, one in 2000 for my newborn nephew, and the other just this past February for a dear friend's 75 years young birthday! The wonky one is really cute. 🙂

  18. One of the most classic quilt patterns to make. My first quilt was an Irish Chain. Loved making it. I've since made a Double Irish Chain, king sized, for my sister. Love this Blog Along. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of the book.

  19. I have not made an Irish Chain. I'm not sure why I haven't since it's the 'go to' pattern for one of my daughters and I've made a over a hundred quilts (or at least quilt tops!). I think it may be time!

  20. Never made an Irish chain quilt, but I'm loving this Charm Bracelet and think that's where I'd start!!!

  21. I have not made an Irish Chain, but I love the looks of the ones in Melissa's book. Plan to buy it and make one!robinsheloratearthlinkdotnet

  22. Cute quilt. I love the fabric colors you chose and the binding color is perfect.

    No, I have never made an Irish Chain quilt. It is on my list of quilts I want to make however.

  23. No, I've never done an Irish Chain before (still a bit of a newbie, myself) but I LOVE that Charm Bracelet Quilt – I'm all about wonky!!!
    Thanks so much for the chance to win 🙂
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

  24. Mine isn't complete. I'm doing one using 1.5" postage stamps, so it's a looonng project — still collecting the stamps!

  25. I've made Irish chain blocks for a sampler quilt, but I have not made an Irish chain quilt. This book inspires me to make one.

  26. I love Irish Chain quilts, but have never made one yet. Hopefully, I'll remedy that situation soon. Thanks for the opportunity to win this fun book.

  27. I made an Irish chain quilt many years ago. I'm sure it was blue and white and I gave it away. I do look forward to trying the innovative designs from this new book.

  28. i have not made an irish chain quilt but there is definitely one in my future, I have been so inspired by this book and the quilts in it!

  29. I have not yet made an Irish Chain quilt, however, I now have several on my list from this book.
    dragonfly9716 at yahoo dot com

  30. I have made one Irish Chain'ish table runner in red, white and blue; perfect for the national holiday!

  31. Yes I want to make several Irish chain quilts but no I haven't yet but I will if I am lucky enough to to win
    Thank you for the chance

  32. I'm a new quilter, so I haven't made the Irish chain quilt yet. But it's on my list of things to do! I would love to have the book, thanks for the opportunity.

  33. Controlled wonkiness…that's right up my alley! Love your block – esp. the reds. Never have made an Irish Chain quilt – my number of quilts is even under your 10 so that's probably the reason.

  34. I've never made one, but I really want to. It's such a classic, but at the same time, it can look so modern.

  35. I have not made one yet. I bought Boxy a pattern I saw pieced and quilted on instagram. The quilter used Greg's (grey dogwood studio) fabric bundle from the Fat Quarter Shop. It was absolutely charming. I fell in love!

  36. Nope have never made one!! I have about 300 quilts under my belt,have thought about making an Irish Chain!! Now is the time to make one!! Would LOVE to win!!

  37. No, I haven't yet made and Irish Chain quilt. It's something I do want to make for myself though. I would love to win a copy of Melissa Corey's new book! The Irish Chain quilt on the book's cover just makes me smile!

  38. I have not actually made a whole Irish Chain quilt, but the connector blocks for a sampler BOM were Irish chains. The Irish chain quilt is one on my quilt bucket list and I've been collectiing dark blues to make it one day!

  39. Too funny…I was just thinking about making an Irish chain with repro fabrics I have been collecting for my son as the chain and contemporary neutrals for the background!:)

  40. I've never made an Irish Chain quilt before (I've only made, hmm, 5 quilts?) but I really love the wonky one and I would love to give it a whirl.

  41. Yes I have and it is one of my very favourite quilts. It's scrappy with terrific autumn colours. I need to make at least one more irish chain quilt soon.

  42. Irish Chain is one of my favorite patterns. I have not made a quilt with it. It is on my list tho… xoxo 🙂

  43. I made two double Irish Chain quilts for my daughters over twenty years ago(doesn`t seem that long ago) for my first quilts using my cutter and ruler. they are still going strong though a bit faded but well loved.
    Happy Stitching.

  44. I haven't made an Irisj Chain Quilt yet but looks like alot of inspiration is in the works around here. I just may get motivated! Thanks for a great giveaway. vkh6210 at gmail dot com

  45. I made an Irish Chain quilt in red and white many years ago. I really wanted a country-look Christmas tree skirt so decided to cut my carefully constructed chains into a large circle to construct the skirt. It turned out beautifully and I still use it many years later. My only regret was not making it bigger!

  46. I have not made and IrishChain quilt yet. I have made a quilt using one of the tutorials on Melissa's blog and she is very clear in her instructions, so I would definitely like this book.

  47. Actually the first quilt I ever made was a double Irish Chain with an appliqued Shamrock in the middle of the none chain blocks. It only took me 7 years to finish it!! I gave it to my sister and her husband as a wedding gift last all or it might still be in the UFO pile.

  48. The only Irish Chain quilt I have made is the Irish Chain Twist which Melissa held a Quilt-Along with. It is admired by everyone who sees it. lynnmcindoe at gmail dot com

  49. I've made 2 Irish chain quilts. The first one was the first quilt I ever made & I loved it so much it's now in tatters. The second one I gave to a best friend as a "healing" quilt while she was battling cancer. Thanks for the opportunity.

  50. I have never made an Irish Chain quilt. I really like the look of this one.
    Thanks for the chance to win and possible make my first one.

  51. Irish chain quilts are one of my favorite designs. I have made a few of them, and have been playing with my EQ, making up several more scappy versions 🙂 You did a great job on your block. Thanks for the giveaway!

  52. I've only made one and it has been a WIP for 3 years! It's for me, so I keep putting it off and working on quilts for my family. I have the top finished, so I need a kick in the pants to finish it-haha.

  53. I have made several Irish Chain quilts, as it is makes a great setting for lots of in-between blocks if you wanted. thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

  54. I am a pretty new quilter so I haven't made an Irish Chain quilt yet, but I hope to within the next year. Thanks for the chance to win!

  55. I have never made an Irish Chain quilt, but would like to. I agree with you on the wonkiness (is that a word?) of this quilt "it's a clean, balanced wonky" and I love it.

  56. I haven't made an Irish Chain yet – it's one of my favorite types of quilt. I'm in much the same category as you are quilting-wise, so tell me, how long it took to complete the quilt? Thanks. ktsquiltdreams [at]gmail [dot]com

  57. I've made two triple irish chains– one planned in lavender and spring colors and the other scrappy in 30's prints.

  58. I have this book on my Xmas Wishlist. I wanted to make an Irish chain quilt for my mum who turns 80 on Sunday. My dad sadly passed away 18 mths ago, he was IrIsh and I thought it would be a nice gesture. Sadly I didn't have a pattern and wanted to use a patten I did have. This book looks fabulous! Thanks for the chance.

  59. No, I haven't made an Irish Chain before. It is on my bucket list though. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book.

  60. Oh my, I love the looks of this book. I have not made an Irish chain quilt yet but was going to make one in a two colors until I saw the quilt on the cover. It just blew me away!

  61. I made a double Irish Chain for our son's 25th birthday. It was red, black and white and I loved it. I am now making an Irish Chain and Ohio Star quilt in blue and white. It is a challenge quilt between me and my two quilting buddies. Every year we take turns picking the challenge. This year it was blue and white and Ohio stars had to be included.

  62. Cute quilt, looks like a lot of fun to make. I've never made an Irish Chain…I've always wanted to make a scrappy double Irish Chain…some day.

  63. I have not made an Irish Chain quilt YET but would definitely like to try one of Melissa's. I love following her blog and the quilts are so beautiful!

  64. I've made 2 irish chain quilts and my 3rd is in progress. My very first quilt was Elenor Burns quilt in a day-double irish chain that is still on our bed! I made the Melissa's twisted chain quilt along for my daughter's graduation quilt and using leaders and enders to make her scrappy triple irish chain for my son's college graduation quilt!

  65. I have not made an Irish Chain Quilt but it is on my bucket list. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book.

  66. In the last 4 days I have made 2 of Melissa's String of Pearls quilts. Soooo easy and beautiful. I did the reverse colorway each time so the 'pearls' really pop.
    And since I am an O'BRIEN O'HEARN DUGGAN DUFFY FOX CALINA DEMPSEY kind of colleen, I love making Irish Chains. Her book is fab.

  67. I have not made an Irish Chain quilt before. I have been following Melissa for a long time and her book looks like it would have lots of fun patterns.

  68. No- I have not made an Irish Chain quilt….but it's on my "TO DO" list! Thanks for the opportunity to win this wonderful prize!

  69. I was part of a group from our guild that made a triple Irish Chain several years ago as a raffle quilt. It was great fun. Yes, there is balanced wonky and I know exactly how you feel as I am there too. Thanks for sharing. I am excited to see Melissa's new book.

  70. I have never made an
    Irish Chain for some reason I feel somewhat daunted by this one but I should try it shouldn't I? Thanks for the incentive!

  71. Yes, I've made Irish chain quilts, they'Re so easy, but have never thought of this fresh approach. Will certainly have to try them out. Thanks for the chance.

  72. I have never yet made an Irish Chain quilt, and I'm determined that my first one will be made from one of Melissa's patterns!

  73. I have never made an Irish chain quilt before but with Melissa's book of patterns I may get the courage to try. I just love her patterns.

  74. My Irish Chain was started many years ago. I'm eager to finish it when I find where it's hiding. — soparkaveataoldotcom

  75. I've never made an Irish Chain before. After coming across a picture of one of Melissa's quilts I put an Irish Chain quilt on my quilty to do list.

  76. Irish chain is on my Bucket list of quilts to be made. However, now that I see the possibilities in this book for a Modern version, it has moved up the list considerably!!!

  77. I made my first Irish Chain quilt over 30 years ago with Eleanor Burns method. Now I have really dated myself. We have come a long way baby!

  78. I made a doll quilt of Irish Chain but would love to make a larger one. this one is so cute. I love the wonkiness of it.

  79. I made a doll quilt of Irish Chain but would love to make a larger one. this one is so cute. I love the wonkiness of it.

  80. I've made three of them so far…and will be making another this summer – a wedding present for mu niece who has already requested green/purple and white!

  81. I haven't made one yet, but I've planned several! I really need to, since I love it, and my blog name is Irish (so is my married name because of my husband!). I've planned several in the traditional Reilly family colors of green and gold

  82. I have not yet made an Irish Chain quilt, but it is on my bucket list. I've seen several versions that I'd like to try. I might try to do a scrappy one as a leader/ender project while I'm working on some other projects.

  83. A pink & white Irish Chain was my first foray into buying fabric and quilting 20 years ago. Haven't made another since. but this new book has me chomping at the bit to make another one in modern fabrics!!

  84. Still working on my very first Irish Chain quilt courtesy of Melissa's super cute sew along. And I'm loving it!

  85. No, I have not made an Irish Chain yet, but it is definitely on my 'to do' list – now to decide whether to go traditional or with something from the new book!

  86. Have not made an Irish chain quilt yet, but it is on the list. This wonderful book is just the encouragement I need.

  87. An Irish Chain quilt was one of the earliest quilts I made, I remember trying to get all of the pieces in the right places. Kathy in Colo

  88. Love the cover quilt and love your block. No I have not made an Irish Chain quilt yet but it is on my bucket list!

    Awesome giveaway!


  89. The first Irish Chain I made was a baby quilt with appliques of the other children done as Sweet Sue and Sam. Since, I've made numerous Irish Chains, usually as Memory Quilts with photos in the spaces between the chains. I've also used spaces for signatures and notes. The Chain brings it all together and it goes together quickly. The pattern is so versatile depending on color and enhancements. Can't wait to see what else I can learn from Melissa's book. I've given away every one I've made. Maybe it's time to keep one!

  90. I haven't made a "classic" Irish chain but in general i LOVE chain-type designs and used them often in my quilts! Now with this book – there are some new Irich chains that I really want to make!!

  91. No, I haven't made an Irish Chain, yet. But after seeing Melissa's quilts, I will be making one soon. I love the fabrics you chose and like you, I'm not really good at wonkiness. Thanks for sharing your block and for the giveaway.

  92. I have not made an Irish Chain yet, but it's been on my quilting bucket list for a while! Maybe this wonky one is the perfect place to jump in!

  93. I haven't yet made an Irish Chain quilt but it's on my list. I have a project to finish then I can make an Irish Chain!

  94. Irish chain table runner was made in the past and it hold very special memories for me. I love the variety of versions in the is book and will definitely purchase one if I can't win.

  95. I've been meaning to make a mini for my cats bed but haven't gotten around to it yet. My email is spacecat.cathy@gmail. com

  96. I've been meaning to make a mini for my cats bed but haven't gotten around to it yet. My email is spacecat.cathy@gmail. com

  97. I've been meaning to make a mini for my cats bed but haven't gotten around to it yet. My email is spacecat.cathy@gmail. com