The perfect quilt for the Confident Beginner!
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The Triple Irish Chain quilt pattern is based on a four fabric, 7x7 grid, pair of blocks.
Strips subcut into squares and rectangles are all that's needed to create these stunning, yet easy, traditional patchwork designs.
A bold 'X' runs through this block from corner to corner.
And just like the Double Irish Chain and Single Irish Chain quilt patterns an alternate block is needed to complete the triple chain design. The alternate block designs are quite simple, making them relatively quick to piece given the visual complexity of the finished patchwork.
All the Irish Chain quilt patterns shown are drawn in Electric Quilt, a quilt design software that's now available for both PCs and Macs.
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These patchwork designs are shown without borders to make it easy for you to identify the block layout.
No sashing strips or cornerstones are necessary. The blocks are stitched edge to edge to form this quilt pattern.
The number of blocks in the rows and columns is shared underneath each quilt illustration.
AKA: Three Irish Chains
Layout the blocks in straight rows and columns.
And now we organize the blocks in diagonal rows.
The triple chains form in horizontal and vertical lines.
This is something to consider as you design your own quilt. Do you want to go to the efforts of piecing half and quarter blocks (which means dealing with bias edges) to get this more static design.
IMHO, there's simply not enough movement added to justify the additional work.
What do YOU think?
The background fabric is now used in the 'chains'.
Contrast is key to this variation so that the chain design is apparent after the piecing is complete.
Even with a good contrast, though, the 'X' is not as robust as in the first example.
Constructed in a horizontal layout...
Or in a diagonal setting.
This quilt pattern is a terrific way to use up scraps. Allow extra time for its construction if you are using a variety of different size fabric scraps.
To learn to calculate yardage for this Irish Chain, straight set design, click below for:
Using the same block, but with a slightly different color placement. The strong 'X' is back and the background fabric is again used for one of the 'chain' fabrics.
The blocks are set in straight rows.
The blocks are set in diagonal rows.
AKA: Three Irish Chains
Just like we saw with the Double Irish Chain, the size of the open space can be increased simply by increasing the number of units in the grid, in this case, from a traditional 7x7 grid to an 11x11 grid.
See how much more open space there is between the blocks as compared to the first two designs on this page.
Up until this point, all of the Block 1 examples can be strip pieced to simplify and speed up the piecing process. With this larger block, it'll have to be constructed partially in rounds like Log Cabin or Courthouse Steps quilt block.
First is our straight setting.
And now in a diagonal layout.
As you design your own Triple Irish Chain quilt, remember that straight, horizontal settings need odd numbers of rows and columns to create a symmetrical design.
On-point layouts are symmetrical regardless of the number of blocks.