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15 Traditional Irish Chain Quilt Patterns

Journey to the shores of the Emerald Isle with this collection of beautiful free quilt patterns and tutorials for how to make an Irish chain quilt.

Traditional Irish Chain Quilt Patterns

Irish chain quilt patterns all share a common technique and look, but no two Irish chain quilts are the same. These stunning, traditional quilting patterns combine several techniques all quilters use to create designs that resemble the classic designs of Celtic crosses and chains. These lovely patterns and templates range from easy, beginner quilt block patterns to more complicated and intermediate full quilt patterns.

Known for their diagonal designs, excellent piecework,and brilliant uses of color, the Irish chain quilt designs in this collection will easily wow even the most experienced quilter. Whether you are looking to create a new bed quilt pattern for your boudoir or want to hang a new quilt in your home for some Celtic flair, these free quilt patterns and block patterns will do the trick. Check out our collection of 15 Irish Chain Quilt Patterns: Free Traditional Quilt Patterns, and you just might find your next quilting endeavor.

Irish chain quilts come in a variety of designs and are often named after the number of chains present in the design. Single Irish chain quilts are perfect for beginners, while more experienced quilters or those looking for a challenge may enjoy the piecework involved in the more intricate double Irish chain quilt patterns and triple Irish chain designs. We have a variety of these quilts listed below, assuring that no matter your skill level, you will find a chain pieced quilt to fit your needs. 

One of the best things about an Irish chain quilt pattern is that there is often a handy amount of white space left on the quilt, making these free quilt patterns the perfect template to use if you enjoy adding embroidery, needlework, or applique designs to finished quilts. Truly versatile and always gorgeous, the Irish chain quilt is a design that every quilting enthusiast should have in his or her arsenal.

Plus, if you're new to quilting, don't miss our video on How to Make a Nine Patch Block.

Irish Chain Quilt Patterns

Whether you want to add a snuggly quilt to your living room to relax under while watching television or need a bigger, warmer bed quilt pattern to sleep tight under every night, Irish chain quilt patterns will do the trick. These traditional quilt patterns utilize the cozy, country comfort of traditional quilting to create quilts that are perfect for your home. Each lovely in their own way, the free quilting patterns below make excellent weekend projects.

Super Scrappy Single Irish Chain Quilt

This free quilting pattern is a beautiful, scrappy twist on a traditional classic single Irish chain quilt!

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Bonnie Rose Irish Chain Quilt

This free quilt pattern is a super fun and fast variation on a Single Irish Chain using Beautiful Snowball Blocks in the center of the chains.

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Comfort and Charm Irish Chain Quilt

With simple nine patch blocks that form a single Irish chain quilt pattern, you can create a beautiful quilt without knowing much about piecework.

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Summer Garden Quilt

The Summer Garden Quilt features cheerful birdhouse, watering can, flower, and bird appliques against a simple piecework background.

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Irish Chain Quilt Twist

Whether you are looking to learn how to quilt in a new way or just want a quirky and stunning free quilting pattern, this free template will do the trick.

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Nancy Drew Mystery Quilt

The Nancy Drew Mystery Quilt brings back all of the fun memories of the classic books complemented by a lovely Irish chain quilt pattern.

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Gobble Chain Quilt

The model quilt showcases warm fabrics in earth-tones, but this king quilt pattern could just as easily be made in brights or pastels for different decorating schemes.

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Unchained Melody Quilt

This charm quilt pattern is bright, cheerful, and fun. The free-motion details really bring the design a cut above, so your finished quilt will look as professional as it does pretty!

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Precious Jewel Box Baby Quilt

While this quilt pattern may look complicated, it actually uses easy HSTs to create its vibrant pattern, meaning you can piece it together in no time.

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Mimi's Daisy Chains Quilt

What makes this flower quilt pattern truly impressive is the piecework.

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What's Your Sign Zodiac Quilt

With this free quilt pattern, you can design a quilt that custom-fits your zodiac sign, making it perfect for astrology fans!

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Fat Quarter Double Irish Chain

Utilizing the gorgeous design of a double Irish chain quilt and the ease of fat quarter quilts, this free quilting pattern comes with a free quilt block pattern that you can combine to make a finished quilt.

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A Lotta Nines Irish Chain Quilt

The A Lotta Nines Irish Chain Quilt is a quick quilting pattern that will take you about two evenings to sew up.

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Irish Chain Piecing Block Patterns

If you are not quite ready to commit to creating an entire Irish chain quilt, check out one of these block patterns for quilting. These gorgeous block designs and quilt block templates use the Irish chain piecing technique on a smaller scale. Combine these blocks to make a full-sized quilt or use them to create a pillow sham or other small quilted project.

Bold and Beautiful Irish Chain Quilt Block

This single Irish chain quilt block is simple, but stunning. There is no end to what kind of creative projects you can make with a block like this, which lends itself to lots of variation and scrap quilting.

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Single Irish Chain Quilt Block

This easy quilt block pattern is compromised all square pieces and can be sewn up in just a few hours.

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X Marks the Spot Quilt Block

The colorful and intricate look of this gorgeous quilt block will make people stop and stare.

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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.

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I haven't made an entire Irish Chain quilt but I have incorporated Irish Chain blocks into bed runners and table runners. They do look difficult but I think if you don't mind a lot of pieces, the difficulty level isn't that hard. I really love the quilt pictured above with the white background and all the colors of the rainbow. That one really speaks to me.

Irish chain quilts seem like they are so much work, but I love the results. Has anyone ever made one? How long did it take you?

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