25 Irish Chain Quilt Patterns

The Irish Chain is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of traditional Irish quilts. While it’s debatable whether the art form is even Irish — some believe it originated in the United States — there’s no denying it’s one of the oldest quilt patterns still in use today.

Whatever its origin, each of the Irish Chain quilt patterns presented here is lovely, beginner-friendly, and opens up a whole new world of Irish Chain designs.

IRISH CHAIN QUILT PATTERNS

Irish Chain quilts have a general design of squares (primary pattern) that form a linked design (secondary pattern) across the quilt top. Secondary patterns are classified into three types: single, double, and triple chains. Whatever your skill level, there’s a chain-pieced quilt right here for you!


1. Pink And White Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by Quilting Daily

What girl of any age wouldn’t love this pink-and-cream confection of a quilt? Two classic blocks combine to make a twinkling constellation of stars surrounded by pretty chains of squares. It’s a great weekend quilt pattern!

Pink And White Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by Quilting Daily

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2. Christmas Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by Sew Can She

Sew up a beautiful Irish Chain Quilt with a Christmas theme! This free pattern is for a generous 77’’ x 77’’ size throw quilt, but you could easily make it larger or smaller.

If you are short on time or prefer a simpler look, you can skip the Poinsettia Blocks and still make a gorgeous Christmas themed quilt where holly and berries make up the Irish chain.

Christmas Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by Sew Can She

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3. Free Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by A Bright Corner

If you need something fast but impressive quilt to finish, this simplified irish chain quilt is the answer! t needs just a handful of jelly roll strips and some background fabric and you’re on your way. The center part of the quilt top is all strip pieced so it’s quick to put together.

Free Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by A Bright Corner

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4. Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by Helen Philipps Designs

The Irish Chain is a classic quilt pattern. It is a traditional design using simple nine patch blocks set between plain blocks creating the classic chain effect. It can be made from a whole variety of scraps or it can be made in two colors.

Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by Helen Philipps Designs

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5. Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by Easy Piecy Quilts LLC

The Irish Chain is a classic pattern that looks tricky, but is super easy and fun! Pick a jelly roll you love (or you can cut strip of your existing yardage) and the rest is easy. A great gift or every day quilt that you won’t be afraid to use and enjoy!

Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by Easy Piecy Quilts LLC

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6. Irish Lullaby Quilt Pattern by Sew Fresh Quilts

Featuring the Irish Chain and a Star pattern, this versatile pattern will allow you to make it over and over for a variety of occasions.

This delightful quilt pattern provides instructions for 5 different colorways. Make a rainbow quilt. Make a spring themed quilt. Make a Christmas quilt. Or use a single color in either a positive or negative setting.

Irish Lullaby Quilt Pattern by Sew Fresh Quilts

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7. Garden Paths Quilt Pattern by All People Quilt

Floral prints put a fresh spin on a classic Irish Chain. Alternate floral Irish Chain blocks with tone-on-tone print star blocks to create a sense of movement.

Garden Paths Quilt Pattern by All People Quilt

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8. Cheery Chain Quilt Pattern by Seamed To Be

A classic Irish Chain Quilt is updated with sweet hearts scattered throughout. The result is a pretty quilt that will be lovely in whichever of the five sizes you choose to make.

Play with color for your own version and don’t forget to consider other backgrounds. Black or gray will really make the chain and hearts pop.

Cheery Chain Quilt Pattern by Seamed To Be

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9. Super Scrappy Single Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by Happy Quilting Melissa

This quilt pattern is a beautiful, scrappy twist on a traditional classic single Irish chain quilt! Super fun to put together and super easy, this pattern will look absolutely stunning anywhere in your home.

Consisting of a lovely combo of muted and white background colors and colorful scraps that truly pop, this Super Scrappy Single Irish Chain Quilt is a traditional quilt pattern that can easily be transformed into a modern piece with some bright and neon colors.

Super Scrappy Single Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by Happy Quilting Melissa

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10. Irish Chain Scrap Buster Quilt Pattern by Red Pepper Quilts

This Irish Chain Quilt is surely a fun to piece. The design is traditional but the fabrics used are modern and feature many “i spy” elements from animals, birds, and bees, to accessories, tools of the sewing trade, flowers, faces, and more. You will love how intricate this quilting pattern is, showing off your ability to piece like no one else!

Irish Chain Scrap Buster Quilt Pattern by Red Pepper Quilts

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11. Irish Ring Quilt Pattern by Home With Andrea Sims

Irish Ring Quilt is a new take on the traditional chain pattern. This quilt is so much fun to make and comes in four sizes: baby 49×49″, small throw 65×65, large throw 81×81 and queen size 97×97. It has instructions for yardage, fat quarters, fat eighths, layer cakes, charm packs and mini charms.

Irish Ring Quilt is not only quick but fun to put together! With a quick method four-patch, this quilt comes together fast.

Irish Ring Quilt Pattern by Home With Andrea Sims

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12. Twisted Stars Quilt Pattern by Aunt Ems Place

Stars dance inside an Irish Chain in this scrap friendly quilt pattern. If you’re looking for a modern Irish chain quilt pattern to work on while you’re at the height of your boredom, this will capture your heart with its beauty.

Twisted Stars Quilt Pattern by Aunt Ems Place

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13. Connemara Double Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by Megan Fisher

Traditional quilts never go out of style, and this Connemara Double Irish Chain Quilt Pattern is no exception. Based on using chequerboard block to create the Double Irish Chain design, the small fabric pieces make it the perfect scrappy quilt – the ultimate stash buster.

Connemara Double Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by Megan Fisher

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14. Heirloom Hearts Quilt Pattern by Lo And Behold Stitchery

Heirloom Hearts is the perfect blend of modern and traditional quilting. This pattern uses strip piecing and a “stitch and flip” technique to create the perfect wedding, Valentine’s or anniversary gift. Choose from three sizes and use either precuts, yardage or scraps. 

Heirloom Hearts Quilt Pattern by Lo And Behold Stitchery

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15. Double Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by Center Street Quilts

What a fun quilt this is! With just two colors and a classic quilt block, this quilt can easilyfit a traditional or modern aesthetic. The Baptist fan design adds another dimension of texture and interest, and it looks amazing!

Double Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by Center Street Quilts

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16. Cottage Garden Quilt Pattern by Helen Philipps Designs

This quilt has some of our favorite things – flowers, a nine patch block, an Irish chain quilt layout, and pretty floral fabrics. It’s an easy quilt to make, using simple applique with fusible web and blanket stitch for the flowers and leaves – and it’s perfect for spring.

Cottage Garden Quilt Pattern by Helen Philipps Designs

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17. Loyal Heights Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by Kristin Esser

This Loyal Heights Irish Chain Quilt is a chich way to introduce yourself to the world of modern-traditional quilting. It alternates Uneven Nine Patch Blocks and plain blocks consistently to create a symmetrical look. It also uses bright scrappy fabrics to make it perfect for spring and summer.

Loyal Heights Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by Kristin Esser

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18. Irish Change Quilt Pattern by Missouri Star

A twist on the classic, this Irish Change Quilt, is a gorgeous new version of the traditional design that uses 10″ squares of precut fabric. The best part about this is that the “chains” of this quilt frame the 10″ squares, so you can feature your favorite fabrics in full!

Irish Change Quilt Pattern by Missouri Star

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19. Wonky Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by Happy Quilting Melissa

This Wonky Irish Chain Quilt goes together fast, is suitable for beginners and up, and has endless layout options. The pattern includes 4 size options: baby, twin, queen, and king.

Wonky Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by Happy Quilting Melissa

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20. Simple Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by Fresh Dew Drops

This Simple Irish Chain Table is a strip quilt pattern featuring the very simple and easy Irish Chain block. This pattern can make up three different table-sized quilts using yardage or scrap strips.

Simple Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by Fresh Dew Drops

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21. Irish Chain Quilt Tutorial by The Cloth Parcel

Give your next quilt project a little bit of Irish charm with this large quilt block that doubles as a small wall hanging. This pattern will show you how to create a mini nine patch blocks for a cheerful St. Patrick’s Day project. It uses small nine patch blocks to create an Irish chain, and also uses tiny hearts to create applique shamrocks.

Irish Chain Quilt Tutorial by The Cloth Parcel

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22. Bonnie Rose Quilt Pattern by Happy Quilting Melissa

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. 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 quilt.

Bonnie Rose Quilt Pattern by Happy Quilting Melissa

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23. Mod Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by See Cassie Make

This traditionally pieced pattern is another modern take on a traditional Irish Chain. The quilt it makes is 45″ x 45″ lap/wall hanging size. The pattern plays with transparency and there is ample negative space to showcase your quilting.

Mod Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by See Cassie Make

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24. Hopscotch Stars Quilt Pattern by Prayerie Wife

Hopscotch Stars Quilt is a pattern that comes together very quickly but looks like it took forever! It is a blend of an Irish Chain Quilt as well as a Star Quilt. This is an ideal pattern to have on hand for a quick gift or a satisfying finish.

This is also fun quilt to go stash diving for a scrappy look! Change up your fabric choices to achieve many finished styles, modern, holiday theme or classic! 

Hopscotch Stars Quilt Pattern by Prayerie Wife

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25. Braided Triple Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by Quilt Fox Design

This Braided Triple Irish Chain Quilt is very simple and very elegant and would fit into any room of any house in the right color combination. You can not go wrong if you use the recipient’s favorite colors.

Braided Triple Irish Chain Quilt Pattern by Quilt Fox Design

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THESE IRISH CHAIN QUILT PATTERNS ARE ALL PRETTY TO LOOK AT AND BRING A SENSE OF NOSTALGIA WITH THEM.

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Classic and charming, who doesn’t love Irish Chain quilt patterns? So go on and add one to your to-stitch list, stat. Happy quilting!