Hippity hoppity…

Why do blog hops always make me think of rabbits hopping along to I-don’t-know-where?

It seems like an odd association since I don’t have rabbits, and I’ve never had the balance or inclination to “hop” myself – pogo-sticks notwithstanding.  But I do like blog hops – I’ve always enjoyed them.  I like reading them and I’m always flattered to be asked to participate.  (Truth be told, given some of what I’ve written for past hops, I’m also a little surprised that anyone thinks having me along is a good idea.  Just ask Miss Canada.)

But Melissa seemed to think it was a good idea.


She wrote a book.  She?  Melissa Corry.  Happy Quilting Melissa Corry – Cut, Sew, Quilt, Repeat.  That Melissa.


I’m not sure when Melissa and I actually met, it might be one of those online things.  Except that when we see each other face-to-face at Market or elsewhere, it’s like we’ve known each other for years and years.  We were part of an online quilting bee a few years ago, and her name is one that I have seen several times over the years in magazines or on quilts at quilt shows.


As I was reading the write-up for this quilt I thought “Wait!… Melissa Corry. Utah. I know her!”  This was Melissa’s quilt at QuiltCon in Austin this past February – Back to Basics.

Now back to her terrific book… Irish Chain quilts.  Have you ever made one?  My second – or maybe it was third – quilt was an Irish Chain.  It was supposed to be a Double Irish Chain, at least that’s the name put on it in the home decorating magazine.  I didn’t know about quilt magazines yet, I just had a rotary cutter, some fabric and a rather misplaced belief that I could figure it out.  Long story short – my Double Irish Chain is technically a Compressed Triple Irish Chain.  Meaning, there isn’t quite as much “open” space in the alternating block as there should be, the result of wanting to machine-piece it and not wanting to have to applique that little square in the corner… so I improvised.

Blue and white.  Two fabrics.  I machine-quilted it myself.  It was a long time ago.

Since then, I’ve used a few Irish Chain variations in patterns but it had been awhile since I’d made a real – as in, traditional – Irish Chain quilt.  So I was looking forward to Melissa’s book.  Even the “Contemporary Twists on a Classic Design” didn’t worry me, I like that sort of thing and from the bee-days, I knew that Melissa was doing wonderful things with improv-piecing and contemporary design.

Then the book arrived.

I liked it – a lot.  The more I looked at it, the more I liked it… I’d love to make just about every quilt in the book!


This is An Irish Braid.  Melissa made it with Basic Grey’s Fresh Cut but I can see this in a blue-and-white color scheme – totally scrapped up, of course – or red-and-white.


This is Bitty Bits.  I love this version but reversing it so the background was dark – like maybe charcoal? – and using low-volume prints or reds for the chain would be very cool.


Charm Bracelet.  It’s a baby quilt so you’d think this one wouldn’t be on my list but (1) – I can make it bigger!  And (2) – there’s something about the wonkiness of the blocks that I immediately fell in love with.


Be. Still. My. Beating. Heart.  That’s not the name of the quilt – it’s End of the Rainbow.  I love this quilt and while I like the rainbow-part of it, I am already thinking about the scrappy medium and dark prints I’d mix for the chains and a scrappy background.  And reversing the values… I’ve been mentally thinking about what I’ve got and what I’d need.

So what did I get to make?  Or rather, what block did Melissa ask me to make…


Fractured.  At first, I was a teeny, tiny bit disappointed… this was very pretty but it didn’t “wow” me like the others had.  And then I pieced a “test block”.  I love this quilt and it’s now on the “I need to make this quilt” list.  Whether you used a Layer Cake – all the cutting will fit – or all your leftover strips and scraps, this quilt will work.  Single background or scrappy?  Done.

This is my block – Melissa asked me to make it with yellow prints and low-volume backgrounds…


Uh… oops.  Yeah, I kind of improvised a bit on those long rectangles.  It is an “improv” kind of block, isn’t it?

As Melissa writes in the book, piecing the “fractured” corners takes a little trial-and-error to get the hang of.  The best part is that there really isn’t any way to “mess it up” since seam allowance will off-set seams that look like they match, and simply turning a piece to the other side will also change the amount of “fracture”.

These are the same four pieces, they’re just turned around to make four different block possibilities.


After making my test-block, I did try one thing that worked pretty well for me to make sure my triangle flipped-over far enough to the corner.  I took a few minutes to press the 1/4″ seam allowance on the triangles.  Like so…


Is it necessary?  No.  Did it help me?  Yes.

When I was describing the block to a friend, she asked about bias edges.  Because of the way the pieces are trimmed off-center, there will be some bias-y edges, but certainly not enough to cause any problems.  Even if you don’t like any kind of bias, these were still straight enough that I wasn’t aware of any stretching.

So yes, I think you need this book!  It has fifteen great quilts, it’s full of terrific tips from Melissa and they’re Irish Chains!  As Melissa writes in the Intro, it’s probably a safe bet that many of us can count an Irish Chain quilt as one of the first designs we tackled.

If you landed here without making the trip to Happy Quilting first, here’s what’s left for this week:

June 16th –  Moda Cutting Table & Little Miss Shabby – Corey Yoder
June 17th –  Fresh Lemons – Faith Jones & V and Co.  – Vanessa Christenson
June 18th –  A Quilting Life – Sherri McConnell & Stitch This! – Jenny Wilding Cardon
June 19th –  Happy Quilting – Wrap-Up & Grand Prizes
And if you missed it, you can go back and catch up with these amazing quilters:
June 8th –    Happy Quilting – Blog Hop Intro & Grand Prize Entry
June 9th –    Moda Lissa – Lissa Alexander & Fat Quarter Shop – Jocelyn Ueng
June 10th –  Piece N Quilt – Natalia Bonner & In Color Order – Jeni Baker
June 11th –  Amy’s Creative Side – Amy Ellis & Sew Kind of Wonderful – Jenny Pedigo
June 12th –  Quilt Story – Megan Jimenez & Diary of a Quilter – Amy Smart
June 15th –  Freshly Pieced – Lee Heinrich & Christa Quilts – Christa Watson
For now, there are two things you need to know.  First, you need to know that if you go to Melissa’s blog – Happy Quilting – and leave a Comment with the word “IRISH” in it, you’ll be entered to win a prize.
The First winner chosen will receive a signed copy of Irish Chain Quilts, a complete Bitty Bits Quilt Kit and other goodies.  The Second winner chosen will receive a signed copy of Irish Chain Quilts, a bundle of fat quarters, an American Jane Lorraine Layer Cake and more cool stuff.  (Details at Happy Quilting.)
Irish Chain Quilts Blog Hop - Grand Prises
And if you leave a comment here by Wednesday night – June 17th – at Midnight, CST, you could win a copy of Irish Chain Quilts and a Layer Cake.  You just need to answer one question – Have you ever made an Irish Chain quilt?
Thank you Melissa for letting me “hop” with you!
The rest of you – have a terrific Tuesday!  Go Irish Chain!

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296 thoughts on “Hippity hoppity…

  1. Hi! Yes, I have made a few Irish chain quilts. One of my favorites. It would be fun to try some of these updated ones!

  2. No I haven’t made an Irish chain quilt. This has been on my bucket list for a long time. Thank you for sharing with us, I really enjoy your posts.

  3. Yes, have made one. It was soft teals with a creamy background. Gave it away to a college girl…..

  4. I have not made an Irish Chain as of yet, but it is on my bucket list and this book looks great way to start one. Thanks for a giveaway.

  5. I made a triple Irish chain for my daughter’s wedding. It came out beautifully! Thx for the opportunity to win!

  6. The first quilt I made with my sister was a beautiful pastel and white Irish Chain. We made it for our Mom and hand quilted it. To this day it is one of our favorites especially since we lost our Mom to ovarian cancer a little more than five years ago. This book looks great and has me wanting to make one of those beautiful quilts.

  7. I have made an Irish Chain. The one I made was strip pieced because I also had that Irish chain pattern that called for the applique chain square and thought “don’t want to do that”!! Definitely think my next one needs to be from this book!

  8. No I haven’t made an Irish Chain Quilt, but that might change with Melissa’s book, which I have been admiring for some time

  9. Beautiful quilts, A single, double and triple Irish chain quits are all on my bucket list and I love Melissa’s versions. Thanks so much for sharing.

  10. I love Irish chain quilts, and yes, I have made a few of them, have a few more on the old brain I want to make… thanks for the great giveaway.

  11. No, I have never made an Irish chain but I REALLY REALLY want to! It is definitely on my Bucket List! Thanks for a chance to win this book! It looks fantastic!

  12. I have made at least two Irish Chain quilts, but nothing like Melissa’s. Wow! She has certainly put a new spin on the old pattern. I would love to try many of those pictured.

  13. An Irish Chain quilt was one of the first quilts I made. It was a triple one. I still love it.

  14. It’s on my bucket list but I haven’t done one yet. I should since my husband’s surname comes from Ireland. I need to do one!

  15. I have never made a Irish Chain quilt. It is on my list but not done yet. Melissa’s book looks really interesting. I would like to make a couple of hers. It sure is a book I would like to buy. Thank you

  16. I haven’t made an Irish chain quilt yet…but after seeing your blog today…I must, I must!

  17. Yes, I made a double Irish chain quilt many years ago as a beginner. After seeing these it is definitely time to make another!!!

  18. I have never made an Irish Chain. (I have only made 2 quilts) These quilts are beautiful. Would love to learn how and make one!

  19. Hi. Thank you for the great review. I am most interested in the book now. I am especially interested in the Bitty Bit quilt. Stunning! I’ve never made an Irish Chain quilt but they are definately on my list!

  20. Amazing pictures. The quilts are all lovely. I have made two Irish Chain quilts. It looks like I am going to have to mix it up a bit, I love these quilts. Thank you for all of the information, and the giveaway.

  21. Looks like a great book! I have not made an Irish Chain quilt–yet. Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. Yes, I’ve made several Irish Chain quilts but none as beautiful as the ones in this book. I’d love to give it another try with Melissa’s book. They’re all gorgeous quilts.

  23. Oh yes! Eleanor Burns taught me the Irish Chain eons ago! Her Quilt In A Day book was my first quilting book, therefore, my first quilt !

  24. No Irish Chain yet altho’ I have had a pattern for one for a long time. Maybe I have been waiting for Melissa’s versions! Christine from Ontario

  25. I love Irish chain and have made several, any diagonal pattern catches my eye. Love the chance to win. Thank you

  26. No, I haven’t yet made an Irish Chain quilt, but I’ve decided that the first one I make will be from one of Melissa’s patterns, so I’m really hoping to win one of her books,

  27. I have never made an Irish Chain quilt but was gifted one as a wedding present from a friend and his mother. I love Melissa’s version and am now adding it to my to-do list. Thanks for your blog! I love it here. 🙂

  28. I think I’ve made three of them now – my favorite being a queen sized one for my brother and his wife as a wedding gift. This book looks amazing…I love so many of them. It’ll be hard to know which one to make first! Thanks for the opportunity! I like your yellows…so happy!

  29. No Irish chain quilt yet, but I’m truly inspired by the quilts in the book. Beautiful !!

  30. I’m new to quilting- so I haven’t made an Irish Chain quilt– YET! And End of the Rainbow is going on my to- do list– so beautiful!

  31. The more I see all the designs from this book, the more I want to make them as well. And I love, love, love, the cover. And like Carrie, I am thinking of what I will use.

  32. I have made 3 Irish Chain quilts. One bed size in scrappy greens and two baby size Irish Chain quilts.

  33. No I haven’t made one yet-I always thought they were difficult to make but after seeing how bloggers have made these patterns I would like to try!

  34. Yes, I made a mini Irish chain, many many years ago, as one of my first classes at Country Threads in their mid color range style. It was a little Christmas piece and I still have it. Thank you for sharing with us.

  35. I made my first quilt 40 years ago and it was a double Irish chain! Love the old and new. Catherine

  36. I have never made one. It is always on my to do list. I love this book. Would love to own one.

  37. Yes, I have made more than one Irish Chain quilt — but traditional patterns. These wonky, splintered, non-traditional quilts that are pictured really appeal to me. I’m going to try at least one soon.

  38. i’ve glanced at this book and thought about buying it but have too many wips right now so resisted. but i would love to win it. and even if i don’t win, i will probably buy it now after seeing other suggestions for color ways. and, yes, i’ve made several irish chain quilts – especially for new babies! quick and cute and the center block is a good place to fussy cut cute baby fabrics….

  39. No. But have a kit and pattern for one. Every time I have been ready to start there seems to something else that needs to be finished first. Never would have thought of all the variations shown in all these quilts you’ve highlighted.

  40. Confession time. I’ve never made an Irish Chain quilt, and worse, until just a few minutes ago, I never wanted to. I know, I know. Bad quilter. However, after reading your post, and seeing the photos, and especially your “modified” yellow and low-volume blocks – I’m in. And an Irish Chain (ish) quilt is now on my official bucket list. Thanks for a very interesting post!

  41. Yes, I have. It’s made with mostly aqua, blue and tan (think beachy) and was also my first attempt at hand quilting. Thanks for the chance to win!

  42. I have made an Irish chain for my son, using primary colors, red, blue & green as the chain and a very colorful black background piece with the bright colors confetti/firework style print. Loved making it. Would love to do one in a soft floral with accent colors, very girly, if thats a term I can use.

  43. I have pulled the colors for a couple of Irish chain quilts but never made one….This book could make it happen!

  44. Yes! I recently made a triple Irish Chain using several grays and beiges in the background with a wild assortment of Kaffe and Marcia for the chain. It’s quilted in a traditional grid. I love it and would enjoy making several of the variations in this new book! Thanks for showing it off to us.

  45. I’ve never made and Irish Chain Quilt. But seeing so many beautiful, modern takes on a traditional quilt, I can definitely see a few in my future!

  46. I like this book! The very first quilt I made was a double Irish chain through a community education class taught by a 4H leader and I was introduced to the Rotary Cutter!! I have made Miss Rosie’s scrappy Irish Chain and a red and white one too…….will JUMP into the blog hop now.

  47. No, Not yet … But i have been thinking about it …. My G.Ma’s garden is on its way and I eagerly need to start another big work … With my sewing machine this time … And try to empty most of my boxes ….

  48. instead of pressing like that you could have marked your seam allowance with a pencil in the corners then you would have your seams match correctly.

  49. No, I’ve never done an Irish Chain. This book looks like so much fun. Thanks for giveaway.

  50. No, I have not made one yet, but I have several variations on my to-do/bucket list! (And after seeing this book, there may be a few more I need to add to that list!)

  51. I’ve made a couple of Irish Chain quilts. I also have a triple tucked away in the UFO box, patiently waiting for me to get over my current passions and get back to it. My favorite was a blue and white in Asian fabrics that I made for my parents. They love it too. 🙂
    Melissa’s book looks terrific, and I can’t wait to try some of her variations!

  52. Yes, one of the first quilts I ever made was a double Irish Chain in Blue and White. I gave it to my mother-in-law. She was so touched. “I always wanted something you made but didn’t want to ask.” It was a lap quilt and when she had breast cancer she used it daily to help keep warm. I hope she knew how much I loved her. Her name was Grace and she lived her name. I was blessed.

  53. No i have not made one yet. It is on my to do list in big letters which means it is something that is more important then others on my list. I have read about the book on the blogs and I think it has inspired me to move this one up on my list. Would love a copy of Mellssa’s book . Thank you

  54. I’ve never made an Irish Chain quilt, but I love the quilts in Melissa’s book, especially the “End of the Rainbow” quilt!

  55. No, I’ve not made an Irish Chain quilt yet but Melissa’s book is certainly inspiring! Enjoyed your review of the book, too.

  56. I have never made an Irish Chain quilt but I am now planning to — as soon as I get her book. I like the Irish Braid.

  57. I’ve made at least 2 Irish Chain quilts (there may have been others!). I sleep under one that I call “Cheery Cherry Irish Chain” that is white and scrappy bright red. It makes me happy… as would winning this book!

  58. Yes, I have made one, but am looking forward to making these. Ever time I look at them another one becomes my favorite.

  59. Yes, a traditional blue and white, a long time ago, when I thought I had to follow all the rules. Lately I have been noticing the reverse quilts and now this hop has opened my eyes to so many more interesting changes that could be made. Thanks for the inspiration.

  60. I haven’t made a whole Irish chain quilt, only one of Melissa’s scrappy Irish chain blocks for a bee mate. It was beautiful in shades of RWB. Thanks for another chace to win!

  61. No, I haven’t made an Irish Chain quilt yet. This blog hop couldn’t have come at a better time, however, since Irish Chain is the next quilt to make on my list!

  62. I have made one Irish Chain quilt and it is still one of my favorites! It’s on my son’s bed and every time I look at it, it makes me smile!

  63. I’ve not ever made one but…..my nearly 4 year old granddaughter loves rainbows! Absolutely loves them and sees them in so many things. For a while now I’ve been thinking about making her a quilt with all the colors of the rainbow and, the longer I look at this book, the more I’m convinced I can do it with the help of this book!

  64. No, I haven’t made an Irish Chain, yet. It is on my list of quilts to make and after seeing all of Melissa’s patters, it has now been moved to the top of the list. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

  65. I made an Irish Chain quilt for my very Irish friend when she retired from teaching. I Made sure to use some green, of course.

  66. I have not made an Irish chain quilt, but that’s definitely on my quilty bucket list! Would love to win this book!

  67. I have never made an Irish Chain quilt, but am anxious to get a copy of Melissa’s book and hopefully try one very soon. I love her writing style. She has such clear instructions.

  68. Yes! I have made several Irish Chain quilts, love them. The quilts in this book look like a LOT of fun!

  69. Sorry, but I am a no. It’s been on my list as a favorite forever tho, so I plan to get to it very soon. This book could be my pathway.

  70. I have not. I love the look – but you have shown great new possibilities here. I like these looks even better.

  71. I haven’t made one yet. But, after looking at all the beautiful quilts in Melissa’s book, it’s become a priority on my ‘Must Make” list.

  72. Yes, I have made an Irish chain quilt before. It was quite a few years ago. I’ve been wanting to make another one for quite some time though. So many great patterns in this book!

  73. No…an Irish Chain seemed to be too busy for my sewing style. I’m fond of bigger pieces but the blog hop of the book has changed my mind. Perhaps I could make a small Irish Chain quilt. Thanks for a chance in the giveaway. I enjoyed your review.

  74. Believe it or not, but I have never made a classic Irish Chain!! But I love chain-type designs and use them often in my quits and designs!! Now quilts in this book – I just might have to make quite a few!! Love the modern twist and designs!!
    Thanks for a chance to win!!

  75. I have never made an Irish Chain but your spin on that block makes me think it might be a fun quilt to make.

  76. I have not made an Irish Chain quilt but it on my wish list. So many quilts to make, hard to decide what I wand to do first! Thanks for a chance to win!

  77. Ha.. brings back a fun memory. Yes, I made one in ‘the last century’ when I started quilting and of all colors, I chose browns, tans and golds… the colors of the time. I made it for my folks for their double bed and I tied it. It was well made since I was even fussy then about points, etc. Years later, my sister asked if I wanted it back and I said, you can keep it. 🙂 I did make a small white and green one for a give away too. Nice classic pattern.

  78. Many moons ago, I did make a Double Irish Chain thanks to good ol’ Elenor Burns. It is still in use in my daughter’s spare room.

  79. No, I have never started an Irish Quilt yet, but I’m sure it is not too far in my horizon. Right now I am on the Bee in the Bonnet quilt, all different blocks. The Irish Quilt should be important to me cause I am 100% Irish (just not my name!!).

  80. I haven’t made a “classic” Irish chain quilt, but I have used chain blocks as an alternate block to create a chain surrounding the main piecing in a quilt (does that make sense???).

  81. Yes I have made an Irish chain quilt, a couple of them, one 15 years ago and the other just this past February! Both were gifts, one for a newborn nephew, the other for a dear friend’s 75th birthday. 🙂

  82. I have not made an Irish Chain quilt, yet, but it is on my list of must make quilts. With an Irish last name, I have to make at least one. This book looks like one I really need to own. It will be hard to pick which one to make, but I think I would like to make Bitty Bits, first.

  83. I have never made an Irish chain but have always loved them. This book only intensifies that love….can’T wait to get started!!

  84. I’ve made 3 Double Irish Chain quilts, using the Quilt In A Day book. Love the designs, and Melissa’s look great! Thanks for sharing yours!

  85. I didn’t think I’d ‘need’ this book until I saw all of your pictures! 🙂 And, yes, the first quilt I made with my sister was an Irish Chain!

  86. It depends on how you define “made”! I have started one, and it is patiently waiting its turn to come to the top of the UFO pile!

  87. i have not made an Irish Chain quilt, but I know that one is in my near future. This book would be a great help. Thanks!

  88. Nope, not yet. But one of these might be fun. I’ve been wanting to make a two-color quilt and Melissa C. offers a lot of fresh, cheery options. Yours would be a good one in blue and white. Like Debra says (above me), having seen your post, now I think this book is going on my “need” list.

  89. My first Irish Chain was way back in the day. I don’t think I’ve made one since. Sounds like its time to start collecting an “Irish” stash. The book is fantastic!!

  90. No, no Irish Chain quilt so far. Don’t know why exactly perhaps so far there wasn’t the ‘right’ pattern for me but I’m sure this quilt could change that!

  91. i have made many small Double Irish Chain quilts for babies. I made an Irish Lace quilt as a wedding present. And I am working on a Braided Irish Chain like you showed above. I am going to have to make some of the chains in this book!

  92. Many! It’s a favorite. Single, double and triple. The book would be wonderful for new and exciting new ways to make them.

  93. I’ve make two Irish chains at the same time – they were the third and fourth quilts I ever made and gifts for my parents and my in-laws.

  94. I made a wonderful Irish Chain quilt for my sister quite a few years ago. the quilts in this book look really exciting.

  95. I have not made an Irish chain, but i love the pattern. I love that bitty bits quilt. It would be a great quilt for my next nephew.

  96. Yes, one baby single irish chain, but I love them!!! Would LOVE to win this book.


    Marilyn in MS

  97. I have made an Irish chain – as a baby quilt. I embroidered butterflies in some of the blocks…..I really like the Irish chain!

  98. An Irish chain quilt is on my list for a future project…maybe as a 10th anniversary gift for our nephew & his wife! The book has so many beautiful options to pick from!

  99. I love the Irish Chain…made one years ago (hand quilted) and also taught Irish Chain classes. Thanks for renewing my interest in this wonderful quilt.

  100. your block is wonderful. I can see a bunch of these in a quilt. it would be so pretty. no I have never made an irish chain block. still a newbie. but this hop really has me wanting to. I have written the name of the book down on my wish list. thanks for sharing

  101. haven’t made one yet, been put off by the thought of getting it disastrously wrong, I should woman-up and give it a go though, the ones in the book look lovely

  102. No I have never made an Irish chain quilt. I thought they looked too hard, but maybe with your book i could actually make one. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  103. Thanks for your Post>love your Blog>love your Improv Block too!
    Thank loads for sharing a neat book!


  104. I have made one, it was a kit from the late 80’s that I inherited from my grandma and had all the pieces cut out, as in a TON of 2.5″ squares that were closer to rectangles, suffice it to say it wasn’t as quick a project as I would have liked. I enjoy a lot of the quilts Melissa has thought up in her book, and would love to tackle them! Thank you for the opportunity!

  105. I haven’t made an Irish Chain yet, but I have planned several. My husband is Irish-descent, so I want to do one in the clan’s traditional colors of greens and gold!
    I would love this book!

  106. Yes, I have made an Irish Chain quilt. Twin sized, white background pieces with scrappy colored pieces. Gave to my brother’s granddaughter for her new ‘big girl’ bed. She loves all the colored squares and learned her colors from it.

  107. I have never made an Irish Chain, but it is on my list – I am scrap cutting just for this purpose. Her book seems like it would help me with some different variations!

  108. No, I haven’t made an Irish Chain quilt, yet. But, I did order Melissa’s book and am going to give it a whirl….hmm….just which one? Awesome book!

  109. Nope, haven’t made an Irish Chain quilt.. yet. After seeing all of the lovely quilts in this book I definitely have 1 or 2 or 5 on my to do list now. LOL
    dragonfly9716 at yahoo dot com

  110. I made an Double Irish Chain quilt for my niece as a wedding present. Turned out beautiful. Would love to win and try the rest in the book. Thanks fro the opportunity to win.

  111. I never have made a Irish chain quilt been on my list to do but I always find something else I want to do more. I love that this books lets the Irish chain go modern

  112. I’ve made a Double Irish Chain quilt for my son. It is a beautiful quilt complete with being hand quilted by my grandmother. Choice of colors for a boy (Background-white, black and gold). It’s a what was I thinking to make a quilt with white for a boy who likes mud, dirt…

  113. I’ve never made an Irish Chain quilt, but I’m eying some patterns to make a quilt for my fiance as a wedding present.

  114. Yes, I have made several Irish Chain quilts. I love the way they work with any and all color combos. The more I see of the example quilts in this book the more I want to own a copy! Just brilliant to create all of these designs using the same beginning. Thank you for the opportunity to win this wonderful prize!

  115. I have not made an Irish Chain quilt, but I surely want to now!!! I will be getting this book one way or another. Thanks for a chance to win.

  116. I also have never made an Irish chain quilt. I have two waiting in the wings to make though. Does that count ;D?

  117. No, I haven’t made an Irish Chain quilt yet, but have been thinking about starting one. These are very pretty!

  118. No I have never made an Irish Chain quilt , but I love the designs. Would love to have the book and fabric 🙂

  119. I really was interested in the block you made – so different and yet it makes up into a great-looking quilt. I love that it’s improv. I’ve never made an ICQ but this book is sure an encouragement to do so.

  120. Irish chain was the first pattern that I used a rotary cutter and rulers. A friend got me started quick piecing about 20 years ago. I love several of the updated designs in Melissa’s book!

  121. I have not made an Irish Chain, but would love to try one! Enjoy reading your post everyday and getting new ideas to add to my ever growing list!

  122. Yes I have, and going on this blog hop makes me want to make another one! They are so different that the triple Irish I made.

  123. I have an Irish Chain in my UFO pile. There is a huge stack of blocks waiting to be sewn together. I think I made way too many blocks, so I probably have enough for 2 quilts and a pillow!

  124. I designed an Irish chain of tiny paper-pieced shamrocks, with four-leaf clovers where they crossed, and Celtic knot quilting. Your “Fractured” quilt block inspires me to drag out my deep blue snowflake and frost prints, with icy white “fractures” running through them. Brrr! “Keep on quiltin’

  125. I have never made an irish chain quilt. I bought a pattern about 7 years ago when I first started quilting and was going to make a triple irish chain with green fabrics for my daughter. Still on my bucket list. This book would be great motivation to get one done. 🙂

  126. I haven’t made an Irish Chain quilt, but I have seen some at Quilt
    Guild and in magazines. Intriguing…the effect is modern. Must add it to my Quilt Bucket List.
    Thanks for the give away!!

  127. Hi Carrie! Love the rainbow one. My daughter made one with diff shades of purple and it wove in and out across the top. Had a simple quilt cut and ready for when ‘Canning’ season ended in 1981. Then my son died. Put all pieces away. Started in 1981 and changed pattern to a triple Irish Chain using all the fabrics he had chosen. It is really beautiful with peach and creams. I use it in the winters. Have made 3 smaller ones – 2 for babies and 1 as a wall hanging which went to a niece in Germany. It is an easy pattern to piece and turns out looking like you spent a lot of time getting it in proper place. Never saw one I did not like. Marg

  128. I have not yet made an Irish chain quilt but I like several of the quilts I’ve seen in this book.

  129. I have made an Irish Chain quilt many years ago, and this book is calling me back to this pattern. I would love to win this book!

  130. I’m currently working on my third irish chain quilt-Melissa’s scrappy triple irish chain for my son’s college graduation quilt. I’m making it with leaders and enders.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  131. Yes! I quilted along with Melissa for her Irish Chain quilt-along!! And the top is done, but the quilting… still figuring out how I want it quilted!! 🙂

  132. I made a traditional triple Irish Chain several years ago. It’s my favorite quilt I’ve ever made,and I gave it to my daughter. I don’t know why. Every time I see it, I wish it were mine.

  133. The second quilt I ever made was an Irish Chain that I still use on occasion. I recently made a small Irish Chain baby quilt. Still a favorite pattern, and I love these new inventive takes on it.

  134. The first quilt I ever tackled was a double Irish Chain with appliqued shamrocks in the center of the blank space. I turned out beautifully and made a great wedding gift for my sister and her husband. I need to made another one and keep it.

  135. I have never made one. This is the first blog hop I have followed for the whole thing and it has made me think I really need this book and I really really need to make an Irish Chain quilt. Who knew….

  136. I haven’t sewn one, but I do have one cut and ready to go (in scrappy greens, of course, for St. Patrick’s day!) and this book has me wanting to make more 🙂

  137. Unfortunately I have never pieced one together. I have looked at many pictures on the net and think they are stunning. Hopefully one day I will be able to figure out the cutting.

  138. Amazing to see the new renditions of a classic Irish Chain pattern! No, I have never made an Irish Chain quilt – yet. Who could resist making one after viewing all the possibilities in this wonderful book. Hope I’m a lucky winner.

  139. No I have not made an Irish Chain quilt. I cut the strips many years ago, then decided I didn’t have the skills to finish it. I think I’ll make one from this book. So fresh and colorful!

  140. I am just starting, and I have never made an Irish Chain, but I should because I am Irish!

  141. No, I have not made an Irish Chain quilt, or any quilt. I have been going to a once a month class, making different blocks and learning how to piece the triangles together, press and made some flying geese pieces. I would like to have a book with instructions and pictures of how to make the blocks.

  142. I’m making an Irish Chain now -won’t be finished anytime soon, but I think it will be pretty in our new house!

  143. Several years ago I started an Irish Chain quilt and then life interfered and it was not completed. When I find where in my house it is hiding, I will finish it up so it can be used and enjoyed.

  144. Funny, but I saw a cute baby Irish chain on line just yesterday, and made a little trial block this morning. Would love to win this great book!

  145. I just finished a quilt with chains in it…not sure if they were Irish
    Melissa’s book has got me wanting to make another one.

  146. I have not made an Irish Chain quilt, but I have been looking forward to Melissa’s book being released because I know it will put an Irish Chain quilt to the top of my “to do” list.

  147. Yes I have. My pattern came from the queen of quilting herself, Eleanor Burns. I made my quilt using blue and white, it lives in my camper and I’m always happy to see it every summer.

  148. I haven’t made an Irish chain quilt. In fact I have never made a full sized quilt but having a great time learning quilting with small projects.

  149. My blue and white scrappy king size, hand quilted irish double chain quilt became a cover for hubbies motorbike. Don’t ask what happened at our house next.

  150. One of the first quilts I made was a colorwash Irish chain for my Sister. We recently saw one at a quilt show and it had won Viewer’s Choice. My Sis thought hers was much prettier….thanks Sis! 🙂

  151. Not yet, but it is on my list of quilts to make. I love the pictures of the quilts and would love to try a couple of them. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  152. No, I’ve never made an Irish Chain quilt, but would love to make one or two or more of these. The hardest part is deciding which to make first. Your alternative color suggestions really have me thinking!

  153. I haven’t taken that leap yet but it’s definitely on my want-to-do list. Her patterns are beautiful.

  154. I have never made an Irish Chain quilt but after following along on this hop I would love to give it a go!

  155. Yes, I have made at least 3 that I can remember. Two lap size{very generous size} and a baby size. I used Eleanor Burns book and it was very easy to follow. They were some of my very first quilts years ago.

  156. No I have not. I really love the look of them. I love the fractured Irish chain I could make that.

  157. I am working on my first Irish Chain quilt. It is a triple Irish Chain and I am making it to go to Quilts of Valor.

  158. No I have never made an Irish chain quilt but it is rapidly rising on my bucket list!

  159. I have never made an Irish chain quilt but I would to give it a try. Looks like a great book.

  160. Yes, I made a double Irish chain when my mother married her Irish husband and it was a second marriage for both of them. I had such fun. The ideas in this book are amazing. Having just gotten back from a trip to Ireland, I think a second Irish chain is in the works! What a great book!

  161. No, I have never made an Irish Chain quilt. Some day I hope to. Thank you for this great oppertunity.

  162. Ooooh this Awesome book is sooo on my Wish List!! Would LOVE to Win! 🙂

    I have never made an Irish Chain Quilt…but would love to make one in the Multi-colors! Beautiful!!

  163. I have made an Irish Chain and I made the mistake of giving it as a gift to an ex boyfriend. I wish I’d kept it.

  164. No I have never made an Irish Chain quilt but would really like to make one. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  165. I have made 2 Irish chain quilts. One was queen size for a niece, and the other was couch size for a field hockey coach. Melissa has some fun stuff. In this book.

  166. I made a double Irish Chain quilt for a friend when she got married. I loved it and want to make another one, but now that I have seen these, i can’t decide which one I want to make!

  167. No, I have never tried an Irish Chain, but with this inspiration, maybe soon
    one will be my latest new project!

  168. Yes ma’am, the first quilt I made after my first quilting class was an Irish Chain…all hand pieced and hand quilted for my first nephew 🙂 loved your write up of this colorful oh-sew-fun looking book!

  169. yes, I’ve made an Irish Chain quilt in greens and white. I hand quilted it and my cat has claimed it for his own. He’s a true quilter’s cat and must give his approval on every new quilt I make.
    Thanks for having this blog hop. The quilts look amazing!

  170. I’ve made a small Irish Chain for charity, but never a bed size. Would love to win this new book!

  171. I’ve only just made my first quilt and having caught the bug am looking for inspiration for my next project. I love the idea of a fresh modern twist on a traditional pattern.

  172. I made an IRISH chain quilt. I wanted it larger and, after checking with all my LQSs, had to resort to ordering more fabric online. In the meantime, I started another project and so my Irish Chain Quilt has yet to be completed.

  173. The closest I’ve made to an Irish Chain quilt is your Seven Letters quilt — which I completely love!

  174. Yes, I’ve made several Irish Chain quilts and think it’s a great pattern. I love Melissa’s creative versions and would love to have this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  175. I have not…but I have two on my bucket list…well HAD two,now that I have seen all these on the blog hop I think that number has gone up…I want to make them all!!

  176. I’m going with the belief that a UFO Irish Chain quilt is NOT a completed quilt so my answer would be “no” … but I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book. Hope the “Luck of the Irish” is with me and I win!! Thanks for the chance 😉

  177. i once made an Irish Chain table topper for a relative. Want to make another one soon 🙂

  178. I’ve made three… A micro mini, and two bed size. But all have moved on to new homes. Would love to make any of the ones you’ve shared from the book!

  179. I made a double Irish chain as a wedding gift several years ago. Like this fresh take on making these quilts.

  180. I have a single Irish chain quilt that was my gramma’s…I would love to make one !

  181. This does look like a book I need! Yes, I made one, but it was a number of years ago – time for one in an updated style.

  182. No, I have not made an Irish Chain quilt – yet! But after following Melissa’s blog and blog hop, it is definitely on my to do list.

  183. I made a green and cream Irish Chain table runner for my VERY Irish mother-in-law once. She had it on her table often and when she passed away, the family returned the table runner to me since I had gifted it. Now, I think of her every time I use the table runner . It looks like a great book and I love the fun you had playing with the fractured block.

  184. I participated in Melissa’s quilt along that was the kick off for this book, Twisted Irish chain. It was fun, quick and easy! I’d love to make more of her unique takes on Irish chain!

  185. No I’ve never made an Irish Chain, but it’s on my bucket list. White background with yellows and blues.

  186. I have never made an Irish Chain quilt before. Frankly, they held no interest for me until now. Having followed this blog hop thus far – I have actually seen many interesting options and it has sparked a few creative ideas of my own. Now I’d love to own the book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  187. No, I’ve yet to make an Irish chain quilt but I really want to, especially after seeing this book!

  188. No, I haven’t made an Irish chain quilt, but it’s been on my to do list. Looks like this book would be a great place to start. The only problem I see is figuring out which quilt to start with. They are gorgeous!

  189. I haven’t yet. Just started quilting and learning everyday something new. This looks great and I hope to learn how to do an Irish chain quilt. Thanks.

  190. The crazy part is that I’m working on a traditional single Irish chain RIGHT THIS MINUTE in blues and cream. I’m pretty tickled about how it’s coming out. It’s my first wedding gift quilt – the single wedding ring is also called the crown of thorns block, which doesn’t seem to send the right message.

  191. WOW! Looking at your sample block of Fractured, I would never have guessed that such a simple block would turn into such a cool quilt! The wonkiness of the improv piecing makes it so different and I love it.

  192. Yes I have made a couple scrappy Irish Chains but after seeing Melissa’s I know I have more chains in my future!

  193. No I have not made one yet. I do have one in my collection that was given to my husband and I for our wedding. It was pieced and hand quilted by his grandmother.

  194. i’ve made 1 irish chain quilt top as part of a mystery quilt project. i didn’t like the fabrics i got, but it was fun to make!

  195. No, I’ve never made an Irish Chain quilt (always been intimidated by them) but this book & hop is sure making me want to try! Love your block and tips. Thanks for the chance to win 🙂
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

  196. Hi, I have not made an Irish chain quilt but Melissa’s book sure makes me want to! Thanks for the chance to win!

  197. I have just moved from a beginner to a confident beginner and am going to intermediate right now as this rainbow Irish chain would be a challenge which I am ready for!

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