Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. If you buy thru them, I receive a small commission—at no extra cost to you. This helps me provide all the free information on this site. To learn more, read my full Disclosure Policy.

New Irish Chain Quilt Block

From our Free Quilt Block Patterns Library


New Irish Chain quilt block tutorial

Skill Level: Beginner

Grid: 9x9

Our New Irish Chain quilt block is a variation on the Double Irish chain.

But instead of being drawn on a typical 5x5 grid, here we use a 9x9. The block is assembled using traditional nine patch techniques. That greatly simplifies the process because there are only two units to construct.

You won't need luck to make this New Irish Chain!

Let's get started.


Not quite the 'chain' block you were looking for? Click here for more blocks that form chain designs.





Construction Instructions

Step 1: Cutting

New Irish Chain quilt block design

The strips for Patches #1, #2 and #3 are cut a bit longer than needed so that you've got enough to straighten the edges.

As you play with the patchwork design, you might consider using a single dark fabric for #1 and then a variety of like-value, though different colors, for #2.

Have some fun scrapping it up!

CUTTING CHART
New Irish Chain Quilt Block
Finished Block Size
Patch
#
Fabric Qty 4 1/2" 9" 13 1/2"
1 D 2 1” x 9” 1 1/2” x 13” 2” x 17”
2 M 3 1” x 9” 1 1/2” x 13” 2” x 17”
3 Background 1 1” x 9” 1 1/2” x 13” 2” x 17”
4 Background 4 1-1/2” x 2” 2 1/2” x 3 1/2” 3 1/2” x 5”
5 Background 1 2”sq 3 1/2”sq 5”sq
Unfinished Block Size 5"9 1/2" 14"
Grid Size 1/2" 1" 1 1/2"



Step 2: Creating the units for a New Irish Chain

Strip Sets

Make 1 each: #2/#1/#2 and #1/#2/#3

Since the same groups of patches are used in both the sides and 9-patches, we'll start with our strip sets.

With right sides together (RST), sew a #1 to a #2 strip. Repeat for a total of two pairs.

Sew a #1 to a #2 strip.A 1/4" foot with a guide is perfect for sewing stripsets together. A perfect seam allowance every time!

Press with the SA toward the medium, #2 fabric to avoid shadowing later on. The medium for this sample block is the orange dotty fabric.

With RST, add a #2 to one pair so that the fabrics alternate—medium-dark-medium or #2/#1/#2.

With RST, add a #3 to the medium (#2) side of the remaining strip set so that you have a #1/#2/#3 or dark-medium-background fabric arrangement.

SA are again pressed toward the medium (#2) fabric.

Use the chart below to check that your sewn stripsets are the correct width. Make any adjustments now, if needed.

Finished
Block Size
Width of Strip Set Subcut
Width
4 1/2" 2” 1”
9 " 3 1/2” 1 1/2”
13 1/2" 5” 2”

Straighten one short edge of each stripset with your rotary cutter as shown below.


Straighten one short edge of each strip setPosition a straight line on your ruler directly over a seamline and trim away only enought to create a straight, even edge.

From the chart above, find your finished block size and corresponding 'Subcut Width'. Cut each into 8 segments.


The units after subcutting the stripsets.Remember, the SA are all pressed toward the medium (orange dot) fabric.

We're now ready to stitch the units for our New Irish Chain quilt block.


New Irish Chain quilt block - nine patch units

Nine Patches

Make 4

Arrange and stitch the subcuts as shown below, first joining one pair and then adding the third to it.


Arrange the subcuts for stitching into a nine patch.


The two SAs that join the subcuts are pressed toward the center so that they will nest with other SA.


The back of the finished nine patch after pressing the SA.From the back you can see that all the seams are pressed toward the #2 or medium orange dot fabric.

New Irish Chain quilt block - sides

Sides

Make 4

With RST, sew a #2/#1/#2 unit to #4, repeating for a total of 4. SA are press away from #4 to prevent shadowing.


Stitch a #2/#1/#2 to a #4 to create a side unitPress the SA in the direction of the arrow, toward the #2 patches

Step 3: Assemble the New Irish Chain quilt block

Arrange your units into rows as shown below. The dark #1 patches all point in towards the center.


Lay out the units to form the block design


With RST, stitch the units in each rows together. Press the SA toward the side units.


Stitch the rows together


Sew the rows together. The SA in the nine-patches and sides nest. Pin if it helps you to keep them aligned—I do :D !!!


The finished New Irish Chain quilt blockOur New Irish Chain quilt block is finished!

Other blocks that form chain designs

There are many patterns on this website that form chain designs just like this New Irish Chain. Each of them has either a four- or nine-patch in the corner to create the design.

Click any image below to go directly to instructions to make that block.

Broken Sugar Bowl quilt block tutorial Buckeye Beauty quilt block tutorial Crossword Puzzle quilt block tutorial 54-40 or Fight quilt block Five Patch quilt block tutorial Jacob's Ladder quilt block tutorial Pennsylvania quilt block tutorial Click here for the Rocky Road to California quilt block tutorial Star Chain quilt block Wagon Tracks quilt block tutorial



Return to the top of this New Irish Chain quilt block tutorial

Find more Free Quilt Block Patterns to make

Go to the Generations Quilt Patterns Home Page

Click here to go to the Home Page

Share Your Comments, Tips and Ideas


Search This Site




Quilt patterns,
books and kits
to tempt you!

Click any of the images or links below for more info...

Fold-N-Stitch Wreath pattern
Fold-N-Stitch Wreath
by Poorhouse Quilt Design


Farm Girl Vintage
by Lori Holt


Gypsy Wife
by Jen Kingwell






Craftsy


Enhance your
Fabric Resource Center
aka 'Stash'

Click on the images to go to Amazon.com for more choices.


Click here for MORE
Kaffe fabrics



Click here for MORE
Batik fabrics



Subscribe...

...to STASH Talk,
our free newsletter.
Simply complete
the form below...

E-mail Address
First Name
Then

Don't worry...
Your e-mail address is
totally secure.

I promise to use it
only to send you
Stash Talk.