Two-Color Irish Chain Quilt-Along: Week 4

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Welcome to week 4 of the Two-Color Irish Chain Quilt-Along!
Are you having fun yet?  I love seeing all the different colors you guys are using!

This week we will be sewing, pressing and cutting the B sections for the Checkerboard Blocks!

They are comprised of three color 1 squares and two color 2 squares.
There are two B sections per Checkerboard Block.
There are 32 Checkerboard Blocks in the Twin quilt and
41 Checkerboard Blocks in the Queen quilt.

TWIN: make 64
QUEEN: make 82

12 strips, 2½” x WOF (color 1)
8 strips, 2½” x WOF (color 2)
18 strips, 2½” x WOF (color 1)
12 strips, 2½” x WOF (color 2)

Please refer to the week 3 blog post (HERE)
for helpful tips on chain piecing, strip piecing and pressing.

1. Using a 1/4" seam allowance sew pairs of color 1 and color 2 strips together.  
For the Twin quilt, sew 8 pairs together.  For the Queen quilt, sew 12 pairs together.

2. Sew 2 of those strip sets together (alternating colors) 
to make a larger strip set consisting of 4 strips.  For the Twin quilt, make 4 large strip sets.  
For the Queen quilt, make 6 large strip sets.

3. Sew a color 1 strip to a large strip unit, alternating colors.  
Repeat until you have 4 large strip sets (consisting of 5 strips each) 
for the Twin quilt and 6 for the Queen quilt.

4.  Carefully press the seam allowances toward the dark fabric.

5. Subcut the strip set into 2 1/2" increments. Cut 64 B sections for the Twin quilt 
and 82 B sections for the Queen quilt.

That's it for this week!
Let me know if you have any questions!


  1. Thank you for doing this QAL! I have been wanting to make a green and white Irish Chain quilt for years now and this was the perfect motivation to get it done.

  2. I changed my color scheme...again. Going thru my stash I found A 6 yard piece of a navy blue & off white print. I'm flipping my Irish Chain: where you have white - will be my blue and where you have green - will be my white. This should work as it is a gift for a male cousin. WISH ME LUCK!

    1. Sounds awesome! Hope I get to see a picture sometime! It will be stunning!


  3. This has been a fun quilt-a-long. And a bonus that I have been staying caught up :)

    1. I'm so glad you're enjoying it and way to stay caught up!

  4. I like this quilt along and I like the pattern. This is so versatile. I am doing a scrappy one and a two colored one. My friend is helping with the two colored one strip piecing is perfect for sewing with friends.
    Thank you for giving all the information,

    1. You're welcome. That's awesome you're doing two! I want to make another one too! And that's awesome your friend is helping you. Thank goodness for great friends!


  5. Well done. Thank You. very clear.


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