11.9 Mini Irish Chain
I’ve been thinking lately about starting a scrappy Irish Chain quilt. Something I could work on a bit at a time, using up scraps from other projects. Since I’m also participating in my first swap this month – My Favorite Little Quilt Swap – I decided on Sunday that I’d go through my small scrap jar and cut enough 1 1/2 inch squares to make a mini Irish Chain quilt.
There’s a surprising number of variations for such a simple pattern, but I decided to stay with a 9-patch alternating with a solid block. It took about 3 hours to cut and assemble (25) 3″ blocks. I was happy with how they came out, but with it up on the flannel board I wasn’t as sure.
I left it on the board overnight. Last night I trimmed the 9-patches, and then finished the piecing. It’s charming – 21″ square and built with scraps of fabrics I love. I’m glad I worked through the “meh”.
Looks like I’ll be cutting a lot of little squares in the future.