Single Irish Chain – or Nine Patch Blocks

The weekend was nice. I got a few things done. My dental saga is still ongoing. On the weekend I developed an infection from the surgery a week and a half ago and have been in a fair amount of pain, but that will be treated with a visit to the surgeon today. And extra strength Tylenol is a wonderful thing. In the meantime, this is a nine patch quilt that I finished quilting on Thursday and binding yesterday. It can be called a Single Irish Chain although sometimes a Single Irish Chain also has sashing between the blocks. Do a Google search for Single Irish Chain and you will see a lot of beautiful quilts. One of the nice things about this quilt is that often you will see a block of interest – either pieced, solid, or embroidered on the plain block that alternates between the nine patch blocks.

I wrote some instructions for the way that I make nine patch blocks. I cut the fabric into 2-1/2″ x 8″ strips with the 2-1/2″ strip die, sew them together, and then subcut them using the 2-1/2″ strip die. It makes quick work of nine patch blocks. Here is a link to the instructions I wrote.

9 Replies to “Single Irish Chain – or Nine Patch Blocks”

  1. Great instructions using Accuquilt dies to cut this quilt. Thanks! Sure hope you feel better soon!

    1. HI Donna, Thank you. I don’t know what we would do without our dies and cutter. It’s hard for me to even think about a quilt that is rotary cut.

  2. I love that in the midst of dental pain you are still being creative and sharing your creativity with us. Thank you. Praying for quick healing and relief from pain.

  3. Thank you for the great tip on how to use the strip die. I only have the 2.5 which finishes at 2 inches. Will give this a try. This quilt has been on bucket list forever. Hope all goes well with you and your family.

    1. Hi Denise, I hope you will try this. It’s one of those things that makes using the strip dies so wonderful. I love to cut and sew and then cut again.

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