I’m in love with the Irish ever since we toured the country with a bus load of quilters on a trip that included meeting two quilt guilds, what fun we had! I wrote a book called “Tour of Ireland” and of course had to include an Irish chain quilt.
This is my quilt done with a ‘triple’ Irish chain and the border was inspired by one I’d seen on an antique quilt. I really think the border makes the quilt!
I got curious about the Irish chain quilt when designing mine. What was a stand color way, number of ‘chains’? What do antique Irish chain quilts look like?
This is a classic two-color version. Lots of space for quilting designs and I love the unique border.
This quilt is circa 1860-1880 International Quilt Study Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, IQSC Object Number: 1997.007.0884
Another two-color version with a simple border… and it’s big at 102″ x 102″. Many of the Amish versions used a background color.
This quilt is circa 1800 from the International Quilt Study Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, IQSC Object Number: 2003.003.0289
I think lots of quilters today think of the Irish chain with 30’s fabrics. This is a super example of a scrappy version. This is officially on my LONG list of quilts to make!
This quilt is Dated 1939 from the International Quilt Study Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, IQSC Object Number: 1997.007.0447
Have you made an Irish chain… yet?