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Scrap Double Irish Chain with Valerie Nesbitt

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Workshop notes for Scrap Double Irish Chain by Valerie

You need to make two different blocks to create this pattern:

Block A is the busy block made up of lots of small squares and

Block B is the alternate block – lots of background fabric and some small squares to complete the chain.

To Make Block A: (in the film we made 5)

Comprised of 25 squares cut at 2 ½”:

4 background colour

9 for the strong central chain (red in the film)

12 for the other 2 chains (black and white in the film)

Lay them out so that they are in the correct position for sewing (5 across x 5 down)

Sew together

Repeat for the number of blocks you need.

To Make Block B: (made to fit Block A!!) (in the film we made 4)

You need a large background rectangle; a small background rectangle and 4 squares at 2 ½” of the chain fabric.

The central background rectangle is the same height as your block A (measurement X) and the same width as 3 of the squares rawedge-to-rawedge (measurement Y)

We need to remember about the grain: so cut a strip of fabric that is measurement X and then subcut into rectangles measurement Y

You need one piece for each block

The second background section (to which you will be sewing the 2 small squares 2 ½”) is cut from a strip of fabric (measurement Z is again 3 squares of your Block A rawedge-to-raw edge as before) and then into segments 2 ½” wide;

you need two pieces for each block to each end of which you will sew a square of the chain fabric.

Sew these rectangles to either side of the larger rectangle to create block B.

Lay your blocks out starting with Block A and then alternating with Block B to create the quilt.

Sew together in rows

Add borders of choice

Layer and quilt

And enjoy

Start with a Jelly roll ...

The scrap samples shown were all made by starting with a strip roll (jelly roll) as the fabrics in these are already cut to the required width! All you need to do then is cut them into squares of 2 ½” so you are half-way there!

... or raid your stash

Alternatively you could raid your stash and select a wide variety of fabrics and cut these into 2 ½” strips from which to then cut the squares.   Remember to create the pattern you need contrast with the background and to create the triple chain contrast with each other (different colourways is the simplest).

To find out how to do the triple border with 9 patch corners you need to view part 7 of our Rosebud Fayre Block of the Month: click here

or for the 9patch corner click here

 

 

 



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