The Double Irish Chain Quilt Block is a bit trickier than the irish chain. It throws you for a loop with a bunch more squares and special placement of 4 squares within it.
Once you get it down though, the sewing can move along quickly, and the end result is fantastic and sometimes stunning!
50— 2 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ scrap fabrics
4— 2 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ background
4— 2 1/2″ X 6 1/2″ background
1— 6 1/2″ X 6 1/2″ background
Double Irish Chain Quilt Block:
1) lay out your scrap fabric with 4 background pieces. Use the following image to help with placement. You will be using 21 scrap squares and 4 background squares for each block.
2) Sew the blocks together and repeat for a second block
3) With the background 6 1/2″ square in the center, sew 2– 2 1/2″ X 6 1/2″ to each side
4) Sew the scrap squares to each end of the remaining 2— 2 1/2″ X 6 1/2″
5) Layout the pieces to make the block and sew together. Repeat for a second block
6) Sew the blocks together with the matching blocks opposite to the other
This quilt block takes a bit of patience to sew, but the end result is fantastic. Play with the placement of color. Try a pattern with the colors, or restrict the number of colors you use in the quilt.
Secondary patterns will pop up when you have more blocks put together. This can be so fun to see happen!
What kind of patterns do you find when you have sewn this?
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