Irish Chain Star Quilt Pattern

Irish chain star quilt

Irish chain star quilt

My Irish chain star quilt was intended to be more of an Irish chain but I kept adding extra elements so I’m not sure if it still qualifies as an Irish chain quilt.  All three blocks are very simple to make.  I’ve used two batik fabrics and I’m really pleased with how the quilt looks now.  There are twenty five 9″ blocks finished size in the design.  The quilt measures 53″ square and I have used 1.3/4 yards of blue batik, 1 yard of cream, 3/4 yard of white and 1/2 yard of green batik.

As usual you can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.  As it’s my 65th birthday on Sunday I am also offering an additional 20% off all purchases over £6.  Details at the bottom of the page.

Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

Cutting requirements for the Irish star quilt

3,1/2″ squares:  sixty five blue, sixty eight white, four cream  – but check the pattern before you cut these as they can be pieced using strip piecing

3.7/8″ squares:  eight cream, eight white

9.7/8″ squares:  four green, four blue

For the borders you will need five 2.1/2″ cream strips and five 2.1/2″ blue strips cut across the width of fabric.

Strip piecing

Strip piecing

Make the nine patch units

Sew together 3.1/2″ strips of blue, white, blue and of white, blue, white.  Cut these panels at 3.1/2″ intervals.  This gives you rectangles 9.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ which can be used to form the nine patch units.

Nine patch unit

Nine patch unit

Lay down a blue-white-blue strip at the top and bottom with a white-blue-white strip between them.  Sew the three strips to each other.  This forms the nine patch unit.  At this stage it measures 9.1/2″ square and you need to make thirteen of these.

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Make the alternate block

Use the 9.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units.  Lay a blue and a green square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Cut along the marked line to produce two half square triangle units.  Trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.  This unit measures 9.1/2″ square now and you need to make eight of them.

Star block layout

Star block layout

Make the star blocks

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles in the same way as above.  Place a 3.1/2″ cream square in the middle with white squares in each corner.  Add four half square triangle units in the remaining spaces.  Check the photo to see that you place the triangles correctly.  You need to have a cream edge lying against the central square.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  This block measures 9.1/2″ square at this stage and you need to make four of them.

Rows one and two

Rows one and two

Assemble the Irish chain star quilt

Sew the blocks together in five rows of five.

In row one place a nine patch unit in positions one, three and five with a blue/green half square triangle in positions two and four.  Place the half square triangles so that the green is on the outside.  The seam line begins to form a line going from the top middle of the quilt to the middle of the sides.

For row two lay a half square triangle at each end with a nine patch, star, nine patch between them.  Again place the half square triangles so that the green is on the outside.

Rows three and four

Rows three and four

In row three, the central row, place nine patch units in positions one, three and five.  Lay two star blocks in positions two and four.

Row four is similar to row two – a half square triangle at each end with a nine patch, star and nine patch between them.  Note that the half square triangles are angled differently now, so that the seams now begin to form lines running from the sides to the middle of the bottom edge.

Row five

Row five

Row five is similar to row one – nine patch units in positions one, three and five with half square triangles in positions two and four.  Again the half square triangles are placed so that the green is on the outside.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Add the borders

Add the borders

Add the quilt borders

For the first border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of cream fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 45.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 49.1/2″ for the sides.

Make the second border with 2.1/2″ strips of blue fabric – two lengths of 49.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 53.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the Irish chain quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

Here’s the video:

Prague patchwork 2019

Prague patchwork 2019

A few weeks ago I fulfilled one of my ambitions and went to Prague Patchwork 2019.  I first heard about it years ago and have always wanted to visit it.  It was a magnificent exhibition and you can see my photos by clicking here or click on the photo.

Now at the top of the page I mentioned that on Sunday I will reach the ripe old age of 65.  In order to celebrate this I am offering a 20% discount across the shop on all purchases over £6.  There is no code required – the discount will be applied automatically at checkout.  You can visit the shop here.

20% off all purchases over £6

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  1. Dear Rose I hope you have enjoyed your birthday.
    Thank you for sharing the photos of your visit to Prague and those wonderful quilts.
    I have just ordered from you.
    Many thanks
    Olive Procyshyn

    • Hi Olive. I had a wonderful, relaxed birthday – with lots of sunshine which helped. Thanks for the order. I’ll post it this morning.

  2. Rose, wishing you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    Age is only numbers and you Rose are a young 65.
    I know people in their 40s and 50s who think their too old
    to try new things. Thankfully you haven’t that attitude.
    Really like your take on the Irish Chain.
    Rose with sincere good wishes enjoy your day.

  3. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Funny that you should send a pattern for a Irish chain quilt I am just finishing the top of one and putting on borders It is black and white with little patterns in the black.
    Hope you have a great birthday. It is Mother’s Day here but I am not celebrating until Thursday when my son and the granddaughters will take me out for lunch.
    If out look out my rear window I could see when I was 65 also. It is just a number. You are as young as you want to feel. Some days it could be as young as 25 and some days as young as 100. Just enjoy your day doing what you love to do. Will be thinking about you on Sunday.
    Have fun and Happy Quilting.

    • Thanks so much, Sandra. Have a wonderful lunch with your family on Thursday. I certainly agree with what you said – some days I creak from the moment I wake up and others I feel totally full of energy.

  4. Have a very happy mothers Day with your kids.

  5. Hi Rose,
    Happy Birthday and many happy returns of the day. I was 65 twenty- three years ago and believe me, time passes very quickly so better make the most of it.
    Enjoy your day in your garden tomorrow. It’s still cold here but the flowers are in bloom. Oh, and I really like your pattern.

    • Thanks, Claire. Time already seems to speeding up – we’re almost half way through the year already and my feet haven’t touched the ground yet! We are due a warm, sunny day today so I hope the forecasters are right.

  6. Hello Dear Rose beautiful pattern and beautiful fabric. HAPPY MOTHERS DAY AND HAPPY BIRTH DAY Rose . Enjoy your day with family

  7. Dianne Anderson says:

    Happy Birthday Rose – it’s only a number 😝😛- have a great day pottering in your garden – hope the sun shines for you too 😁😛. Enjoy 🤪. Thank you for photos of Quilting exhibition – nice to go abroad and see what other Quilters are doing. 😉

    • Thanks, Dianne. You’re right – it’s only a number. Somehow it feels like a significant number though ….

  8. REBERTA says:

    Rose, happy birthday and happy Mother’s Day from Nevada, USA. Have a wonderful weekend.

    • Thanks, Reberta. It’s a lovely sunny day this morning – good news for me and for all the cyclists taking part in the race.

  9. Fiona Graham says:

    Hi Rose. It is Mother’s Day on Sunday here in Australia. Quite appropriate I think. I too was born in the year of the horse although my birthday is very close to Christmas. It is an excellent vintage don’t you think? I hope you have a lovely day on Sunday.

    • Thanks, Fiona. We celebrated Mother’s Day back in March, but I hope that you enjoy the day. Definitely a good vintage!

  10. Hi Rose
    Have a great day and be safe.
    At one time, I was younger than everyone and now it’s different.🤭🤫😬🙂😀.

    • Thanks, Nora. I know that feeling so well. Strange to think that one day my little grand daughters will be this old!

  11. Alma Johnson says:

    Happy Birthday Rose, here in Canada you would qualify for your OAS (Old Age Security) and to boot it is Mother’s Day, sure hope you have an amazing day! My youngest daughter is taking me to an afternoon tea. Eat cake and celebrate big!

    • Thanks, Alma. If I’d been born a few years earlier I would be drawing my state pension now, but as it is I have to wait till next January for that. Hope you have a lovely tea with your daugher.

  12. Judi pope says:

    Have a very happy birthday Rose 🎂 🎁

  13. Sue Duquemin says:

    Hi Rose Happy Birthday for Sunday have a lovely day.

  14. Wishing you a very Happy birthday. Hugs.xx

  15. Happy birthday for Sunday, have a fab day.

  16. Carole Cunningham says:

    Happy Birthday. Wish I could see 65 in the headlights instead of the rear view mirror. Enjoy, and many more. Thank you for another great inspiration. Love it.

  17. Janet Tate says:

    Hi Rose wishing you a very happy birthday on Sunday, hope you have a lovely day.

  18. Linda Cartwright says:

    That turned out beautiful.

  19. Hope you will have a Lovely – Happy Birthday and Mother’s Day🌹
    It’s also my brothers birthday too😁
    Very pretty pattern. Always enjoy your patterns and travel info.
    Have a Wonderful day.
    Always June in USA

  20. Linda Butler says:

    Hi Rose, wishing you a very happy birthday for Sunday. I hope you have a lovely day.

    • Thanks, Linda. The weather is meant to be good on Sunday, so I shall have a lovely day pottering in the garden.

  21. Happy Birthday!

  22. Toni Leggate says:

    Happy Birthday Rose, be assured you will never catch me up! I’ll get older faster than you – I have a head start!
    Have a wonderful, restful weekend.

    • Thanks, Toni. There was a time when I thought 65 was ancient! Of course, now I know better. Thanks for the order – I posted it this afternoon.