Civil War Quilt – Block 27 – Irish Chain

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.

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

8 thoughts on “Civil War Quilt – Block 27 – Irish Chain”

  1. Thanks so much for the instructions Lillian! It really helped me. This one seems so simple but I was off. You saved my block this week! It helped to know what to square up the middle section to. Things fit perfectly after that. Jo Anna

    1. Thank you for your nice comments. With these blocks I’ve always done the math first and then figured what had to be done to make them come out right, if necessary. Most of them are just fine but occasionally one comes up that needs some sewing adaptations.

      I’m enjoying reading the Barbara Brackman posts and working on the blocks. Lillian

  2. I LOVE the Abe Lincoln fabric in the middle!!! I was born on his birthday. 🙂

    You are making the most beautiful blocks. I do not like mine so have decided not to go farther with it. Part of it is that I think the blocks are soooooo big. I am used to small anymore…lol. I will use mine to make something like a tote with so at least they do not go to waste.

    Hugs from Holland ~

  3. I just love these blocks, Lillian!!
    I am bookmarking all of the links so I can print and add to my binder…thanks for your tutorial…you make it look so easy 🙂

  4. Love the fabrics you used, and the center block is great! I might put Jeff Davis in mine, or Robt. E. Lee, who is my favorite.

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