Blog hop! Irish Chain quilt block gets all-star treatment (+ giveaway!)

Irish Chain Quilts blog hop


Does it take a village to make a quilt? Sometimes!

House quilt blocks made by Martingale staff

First blocks, then sashing: Martingale staffers make “The Village Square” quilt from Irish Chain Quilts (see the finished quilt below!)
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It also takes a village to build a blog hop—and the list of villagers that author Melissa Corry assembled for her Irish Chain Quilts blog hop is star-studded!

Melissa issued a challenge to her blog-hop hosts: make a block from your favorite quilt in Irish Chain Quilts, and make it your own. Here are the results of that challenge from just a few participants:

Pick Up Sticks quilt
Lissa Alexander of Moda Lissa remade this block from Melissa’s “Pick Up Sticks” pattern, and then she kept going!
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The North Star quilt
Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side made a block based on “The North Star” quilt.
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The Village Square quilt
Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter stitched a block from “The Village Square” quilt, just like we did.
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Daisy Chain quilt
Christa Watson of Christa Quilts created a “Daisy Chain” block.
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So what did Melissa do with the blocks from her famous friends? She made them into a quilt, of course! See the finished quilt tomorrow at Melissa’s Happy Quilting blog. We can’t wait for the big reveal.

Since Martingale is a village unto itself, staffers got together and made 16 blocks for the blog hop. Here’s the big reveal of how our quilt turned out after Melissa quilted and bound it:

Martingale staff's Village Square quilt

Everyone who made a block agreed—the design is so fun and easy to sew! Can’t you see this as the perfect housewarming gift? As for the quilts from the blog hop, they’ll both be given to charity.

So, what will YOU make with Irish Chain Quilts as your muse? The book is available now—get inspired to play with the exciting twists Melissa has made to this classic block.

Projects from Irish Chain Quilts
Clockwise from top left: “Charm Bracelet,” “Two Paths Crossed,” “Connect the Dots,” and “String of Pearls”

Go traditional, modern, improv, and more: see all 15 projects in Irish Chain Quilts >


BLOG-HOP GRAND PRIZE! Leave a comment on Melissa’s inaugural blog-hop post and you could win one of two fun prize packages.

Irish Chain Quilts grand prizes

Plus, enter to win the Irish Chain Quilts eBook below right now!


Irish Chain QuiltsWhich Irish Chain design above speaks to you most: “Charm Bracelet,” “Two Paths Crossed,” “Connect the Dots,” and “String of Pearls”? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Irish Chain Quilts eBook. We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Liz, who says:

“They are all beautiful, but I’m most intrigued by Daisy Chain and Crossed Paths is a close second.”

Liz, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!

Follow the Irish Chain Quilts blog hop for more chances to win the eBook—and to see all the creative variations of Melissa’s quilts.

June 8: Blog-hop intro at Happy Quilting – Melissa Corry

June 9:  Moda Lissa – Lissa Alexander and Fat Quarter Shop – Jocelyn Ueng

June 10: Piece N Quilt – Natalia Bonner and In Color Order – Jeni Baker

June 11: Amy’s Creative Side – Amy Ellis and Sew Kind of Wonderful – Jenny Pedigo

June 12: Quilt Story – Megan Jimenez and Diary of a Quilter – Amy Smart

June 15: Freshly Pieced – Lee Heinrich and Christa Quilts – Christa Watson

June 16: Moda Cutting Table – Carrie Nelson and Little Miss Shabby – Corey Yoder

June 17: Fresh Lemons – Faith Jones and V and Co. – Vanessa Christenson

June 18: A Quilting Life – Sherri McConnell and Stitch This! – Martingale

June 19: Happy Quilting – Wrap-up and grand prizes


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