Irish Chain Quilts - Contemporary Twists on a Classic Design

by Melissa Corry
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Discover a fresh take on the traditional Irish Chain--known for its wonderful diagonal movement, easy piecing, and beautiful collaboration of color. Melissa Corry presents exciting patterns that open a whole new world of Irish Chain designs. Though they share a common theme, these quilts are as individual as the fabrics they embrace.

  • Choose from 15 inspiring quilt patterns and achieve outstanding results
  • Explore a variety of construction methods--options include traditional and improvisational piecing as well as fusible appliqué
  • Learn to use squares, rectangles, wonky shapes, dots, and even flowers to create one-of-a-kind Irish Chain designs

by Melissa Corry
8.375" x 10.875"
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full color; softcover
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Publication Date:
May 5th, 2015
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This book has 15 Irish Chain quilt projects for you to make using methods such as a twist on tradition, modern patchwork, improvisational and applique chains.

The book begins with a short article from the author. Then it goes into the Twist on Tradition patterns. These are quilt patterns we all know and love but the author has “tweaked” them by doing either a new arrangement, using new fabrics or changing the size of the block. This section of patterns has a short paragraph about the quilt and the finished quilt and block sizes. The materials and cutting lists follow with tips set off in framed boxes. There are plenty of graphics throughout the written assembly instructions. The author has my attention when she says quilt as desire but tells us what she did on the quilt shown.

The next section is on modern patchwork. The author describes this as using bold colors, asymmetrical designs and lots of negative space. The same information as in Twist on Tradition is included with these patterns.

Next is the section on Improvisational Piecing. The author says this is a no rules technique and the fabrics are stacked, slashed and trimmed. She says this has an additional bonus of it being a fast way to piece. For example, in the pattern called Charm Bracelet, you piece a nine-patch block and then trim with your square ruler on an angle or what I call the technique as making wonky blocks. Using these tilted blocks give your quilt an unstraight block look. In other words, you make regular blocks and recut them on a slant. Again, the same information as in Twist on Tradition is included with these patterns.

The final section is on Appliqued Chains which is simply appliqueing shapes into the spaces that would normally be the chain in an Irish Chain quilt. These chains can be made up of flowers, houses, dots or whatever object you choose to use. With a quilter’s imagination, the possibilities are endless. And again, the same information as in Twist on Tradition is included with these patterns.

The final pages of the book contain a seven-page quilting how-to tips and a bio about the author. This book contains lots of wonderful ideas and patterns. Any quilter will be happy with this book.
I love Irish chains and this is an updated version of the traditional Irish Chain. Melissa offers fresh ideas and what I would call "relatives" to the Irish chain that are exciting and inspiring. Anyone that loves Irish Chain quilts will love this book. I would also invite anyone that hasn't tried this pattern to make one from this book and I think you will love the quilt and how easy it is to make it. Because of the versatility used in this
book, I recommend "Irish Chain Quilts" for all quilters.
I expecting the piecing to be FUN!
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Melissa Corry

Melissa Corry began quilting in 2002. Her mother taught her the basics so she would have something to do in the evenings while her husband was studying in medical school. She enjoyed making baby quilts for friends and family and even the occasional bed quilt. In 2010, Melissa created her blog, Happy Quilting, and her hobby quickly became a passion.

Melissa loves all things quilting, from designing to binding and everything in between. Quilting is a creative respite for her, and as a busy mom of five, she often says, "It is the one thing I do in my day that stays done." In short, quilting makes her happy, and she loves to share that joy of quilting with others.

Since joining the online community of quilters, Melissa has started her own pattern line, her quilts have been published in prominent magazines, and she has shared her projects in several collaborative books.

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