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14 Celtic Quilt Patterns for St. Patrick's Day

Only in Ireland can you find quilt patterns like these! Don't miss these St. Patrick's Day quilt projects.

By: Ashley Jones, Editor, FaveQuilts.com
14 Celtic Quilt Patterns for St Patricks Day

If you've been dreaming of visiting the misty cliffs of the Emerald Isle, then be sure to check out our collection of Celtic quilt patterns. These free quilt blocks and patterns are inspired by traditional designs found in Celtic culture, particularly the Celtic knot. We've also included a few pieces of fun trivia if you're a little rustic on your Celtic history!

In addition to these Celtic quilt patterns, we've added some fun Irish-themed quilts for St. Patrick's Day as well, so that your quilting adventure to Eire is completely covered. Whether you're searching for ways to make a Celtic knot quilt block, or are curious about the history of the Irish chain quilt, then be sure to check out our collection of classic quilt patterns.

Plus! Don't miss our handy video tutorial from Carolina Moore and learn how to piece together a Celtic square quilt block.

What are Celtic Quilts?

While the Celtic Empire spread across much of Western Europe in the 400-500s BC, the Celts and Celtic culture are most commonly associated with Ireland and Great Britain in modern day. Though originally a polytheistic culture, the Celts were later influenced by the Roman Empire and Christianity, and aspects of both cultures often appear in Celtic quilt patterns. Perhaps the most well known design to appear in Irish quilting is the Celtic knot, a design comprised of intricate and interlocking knots or plaits. The Celtic knot is often the centerpiece of these quilt designs and is sometimes combined with a cross as a Celtic cross, which symbolizes both the Celtic and Christian influences within Irish culture. Another version of the Celtic knot in quilting is the Celtic square.

Traditional Celtic Quilt Patterns

The focus for most traditional Celtic quilts is the classic Celtic knot or Celtic square. These quilting designs typically use more intricate piecing, so they're great projects for more advanced or intermediate quilters. Choose your favorite version of this classic design below!

  • Celtic Cross Mini Quilt Tutorial

    Made using fat quarters in citrine, rosewood, and crisp white, this mini quilt tutorial shows you how to piece together a large quilt block inspired by traditional Celtic crosses.

  • Celtic Square Block Pattern

    This is the perfect 12th block to add a stunning and special touch to your quilt from our Block of the Month series. It even has a printable PDF pattern!

  • Celtic Squares Block

    This quilt block tutorial ties various elements together, marrying the feel of a log cabin quilt block pattern with interlocking rings or even a rail fence quilt pattern. The knot design is surprisingly easy to put together if you follow the strip quilting techniques laid out in the tutorial.

  • Celtic Twist Quilt Block

    This Celtic twist block is so simple to put together. You can make one block or add more units to make a quilt or table runner.

Easy Irish Chain Quilt Patterns

Super Scrappy Single Irish Chain Quilt

The origins of Irish chain quilts are hotly debated in the quilting community, though the most popular theory is that the basis of what is now the modern Irish chain pattern was originally brought to America by Irish immigrants in the early 1800s. Patchwork quilting has been popular with Irish quilters for centuries, and it's thought that patchwork first rose to popularity in Ireland after being introduced by English noblewomen in the 1700s. After decades of alterations, the modern Irish chain quilt pattern remains popular with quilters in the US, Ireland, and around the world.

  • Bonnie Rose Irish Chain Quilt

    The quilt block patterns used at the center of this darling design allow you to highlight whatever stunning fabric you decide to use when sewing up this gorgeous free quilting pattern.

  • Mystical Moors Irish Chain Quilt

    Free quilting patterns like this are a perfect way to usher in the warmth of spring, as well as celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Use the single chain method to create this beautiful, time-honored Celtic design. 

  • Bonnie Lass Irish Chain Quilt

    This is a traditional quilt pattern that comes with a twist. Combining the geometrical designs of Irish chain quilts with the subtle beauty of pastel prints, this quilt pattern is truly designed for a princess or queen.

  • Triple Irish with a Twist

    The beautiful design uses not one, not two, but three Irish chains. The result is a beautiful and eye-catching quilt pattern that is also easy to make.

St. Patrick's Day Quilt Projects

Irish Pinwheels Table Topper Tutorial

If you're still searching for some pretty quilt projects for St. Patrick's Day, don't miss these holiday quilting ideas. Fun fact: St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and his history is closely tied with the Celts, as he is typically regarded as the founder of Christianity in Ireland. If your family celebrates St. Patrick's Day, then be sure to check out these festive quilting ideas.

  • Irish Chain Nine Patch Block Tutorial

    This large quilt block tutorial uses small nine patch blocks to create an Irish chain, and also uses tiny hearts to create applique shamrocks.

  • String Bean Table Runner Tutorial

    Made in shades of green like emerald, evergreen, and juniper, this DIY table runner is a great way to clean out your scrap closet, and comes with step-by-step instructions for piecing together your table runner.

  • Clover Quilt Block Pattern

    Simple free block patterns this the Clover Quilt Block Pattern let you show some love for holidays while still being subtle enough to leave your home feeling relaxed rather than cluttered with too much flash.

  • Four Leaf Clover Table Runner Blocks

    This introduction to an easy block quilt pattern will brighten up your dining room table with luscious greens and yellows.

What types of quilt patterns would you like to see on FaveQuilts? Let us know below in the comments!

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