Books on Monday – Irish Chain Quilts

Today we are back with a look at a fairly new book – Irish Chain Quilts: Contemporary Twists on a Classic Design by Melissa Corry of the Happy Quilting blog. (Amazon Affiliate link below.)

I have been following Melissa’s blog for a while now and was intrigued with her pictures of some of these quilts when she announced this book. I have always loved the look of Irish Chain quilts. We actually made one for the church auction one year, a Double Irish Chain. And I love the idea of contemporary versions of traditional patterns. So I pre-ordered this book from Amazon and waited patiently for its release.

I was not disappointed when it arrived. I love almost every quilt in this book (although there are a couple I will probably not make because they are just wonky enough to irritate me – we know that I am weird about wonkiness). I am even considering making Connect the Dots which is the appliquéd circle chain quilt. Yeah, I know. I think if I do that I will purchase a circle die for my Accuquilt Go! cutter.

Back to the topic at hand here. The designs are fresh and modern with big blocks and lots of white space. There is a chain made of dots and one made with houses. There are chains that are perfect and chains that are oh so slightly wonky. The directions are clear and understandable. The pictures are inspiring. And all of the quilts look like fun.

The sections in this book are:

  • Introduction
  • Twist on Tradition (four quilts)
  • Modern Patchwork (four quilts)
  • Improvisational Piecing (four quilts)
  • Appliquéd Chains (three quilts)
  • Quiltmaking Basics
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the Author

If you like the look of modern quilts with a nod to tradition, this is a good book to check out!

Quilt on!