This is block #27 in the Civil War block-of-the-week series offered by Barbara Brackman.  It is called Irish Chain.  Go to Barbara’s blog to get the pattern and to see the story and pictures related to this block.

This is an easy block but to achieve an 8-1/2 x 8-1/2 measurement, it is necessary to use scant 1/4 inch seams in a portion of the block.  For new quilters, this is how I assembled the block.

  • Cut pieces as directed in Barbara’s blog.  Lay out the pieces on a mat in the proper order.

  • Using scant ¼ inch seams, join C to D on each side.
  • Using scant ¼ inch seams, join A squares to C rectangles to make 2 strips.  Using scant ¼ inch seams, join these strips to the top and bottom of  the center D/C piece.  Piece should measure 5-7/8 x 5-7/8 inches.

  • Using full ¼ inch seams, add a strip B to either side of the center piece.
  • Piece should be 8-1/2 inches wide.

  • Using full ¼ inch seams, join a square A to either side of rectangle B.  Make two strips and using full ¼ inch seams, join to top and bottom of center.  Piece should measure 8-½ x 8-½ inches.

See the previous blocks in this series in my category list on the right hand side of the page – Quilting – Civil War Quilt.