15 terrific twists: the Irish Chain quilt block links us all (+ giveaway!)


Each month, our editorial department presents upcoming books to our marketing department. Not only does everyone get to hear about books on the way, they get to see projects up close and in person, too.

Irish Chain QuiltsWhen the new book Irish Chain Quilts was presented at the meeting a few months ago, it created a unique kind of excitement. Why? Because it spoke to every quilter in the office, no matter her style. Modern quilters ooohed; traditional quilters aaahed. Appliqué lovers and improv piecers alike were delighted by author Melissa Corry’s creativity.

Our reaction to this beautiful book is unanimous: leave it to a classic quilt block to “link” us all together!

Only one question remained: which quilt to make first? We answered that question by joining Melissa for her upcoming blog hop in June. Here’s a sneak peek at the quilt we’re making for the hop—it’s coming along!
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Staff Irish Chain blocks
See the finished quilt here at Stitch This! on June 19.

Today we’re happy to have Melissa Corry as a guest, to tell us more about how her innovative book came to be. Welcome, Melissa!


Hello to all of you wonderful Martingale readers. My name is Melissa Corry and you can normally find me at my blog Happy Quilting. But today, I am super excited to be visiting here to share a little bit about my new book!

Why the Irish Chain? It’s a traditional design dating back to Colonial times, and it has a personal draw for me. For my wedding, my mother made me a beautiful queen-sized Double Irish Chain quilt. It was our master bedspread for many years. As my children hit their toddler years, the quilt became “well-loved” and was moved to a quilt rack to be admired. It was one of the first quilts my mother made and it will always be a treasured heirloom.

Melissa Corry and family
My Double Irish Chain wedding quilt, created by my mother and cherished by my family.

So you can see why Irish Chain blocks are special to me. And while teaching or meeting new friends in the online community, I’m amazed at how many quilters found their start in quilting with an Irish Chain.

I wanted to make Irish Chain Quilts for everyone! What do I mean by that? When I’m asked, “What kind of quilter are you?” I say I am a quilter. I love it all. Some days I feel like throwing together fabrics without a plan, and other days I want lots of precise cutting followed by a wonderfully therapeutic session of chain piecing. I love jumping from one type of design to another. It helps push me out of my comfort zone and try new things. I wanted to bring that diversity into my book as well.

Irish Chain Quilts is divided into four sections, each featuring quilts that blend the classic crisscross motif with the design concepts of today.

In the Twists on Tradition section, you’ll find single Irish Chain quilts that have little twists on simple squares. The quilts in this section use a lot of strip piecing, making them fast to piece. The quilts in this section are in my designing comfort zone.

Breaking Up quilt
From the Twists on Tradition section: “Breaking Up”

See 3 more tradition-with-a-twist quilts >

In the Modern Patchwork section, you’ll play with bold colors, minimalism, negative space, and asymmetry. Designing these quilts pushed me outside my comfort zone. I was an accountant before I was a mom; I like symmetry and balance. But modern design is a great way to express your creativity with no boundaries. It was fun for me to push the limits of my design concepts.

Unraveled quilt
From the Modern Patchwork section: “Unraveled”

See 3 more modern versions of Irish Chain >

The Improvisational Piecing section is where you’ll find fun, fun, fun. Most of your fabrics are going to be stacked, slashed, and/or trimmed. A combination of structure and fun—start one and see where it takes you!

Bitty Bits quilt
From the Improvisational Piecing section: “Bitty Bits”

See 3 more wonky wonders from Irish Chain Quilts >

In the final section, Appliquéd Chains, you’ll learn basic raw-edge appliqué. Appliqué is fun because it gives you the ability to use any shape. The blocks are simple and they repeat, so you don’t have to appliqué a lot of different shapes. Who knows? Before long you just might start adding a bit of appliqué flair to all of your projects.

Daisy Chain quilt
From the Appliquéd Chains section: “Daisy Chain”

Discover hot dots and happy houses in more appliqué quilts >

And that is Irish Chain Quilts! Thank you to Martingale for having me as a guest blogger today. Let me sign off with my own little Irish blessing for you. May the Irish Chain design fit your comfort zone and allow you to stretch and try new things. Happy Quilting!


Thanks for sharing the “chain” of events that led to your beautiful book, Melissa!

Which Irish Chain quilt would you try first: tried-and-true traditional style or fun-and-funky modern style? 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.

Can’t wait to see if you’re a winner? Pick up Irish Chain Quilts now at ShopMartingale:

Print book (with free eBook): $24.99
eBook only: $16.99

Comments are closed for this post.

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

“I’m excited to see the fun and funky twists on the tried and true. I love the sample block with the houses! So cute.”

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


284 Comments

  • Wow, I like them all! I would have to try an improvisational one first.

    —Carmen on May 19, 2015
  • I would try the fun-and-funky modern style.

    Anita on May 19, 2015
  • I love Irish Chain quilts – I’ve made so many! The Bitty Bits quilt speaks to me, and I might have to make it!

    —Sue on May 19, 2015
  • I would go with the tried and true version of the Irish chain quilt. I am a more traditional kind of gal.

    —Patricia D. Roberts on May 19, 2015
  • I think my favorite is the cover quilt!

    —Karen in Breezy Point on May 19, 2015
  • I have been quilting for 8 years and have never made an Irish chain quilt. I really like the "Breaking Up" pattern. May have to try it. Looks like I could incorporate my scraps and that’s a good thing.

    Patricia on May 19, 2015
  • I am a Fun & Funky Modern style of any design, so I’d be leaning that way when sewing up my first Irish Chain quilt.

    —Kathy E. on May 19, 2015
  • With out a DOUBT TRIED AND TRUE TRADITIONAL i have only pieced a king size quilt never put together what a shame! thanks for the opportunity to win

    debra on May 19, 2015
  • I’ve made a couple of Irish chains in traditional styles, so I’m ready to try something a little off-beat! These look like just the ticket!

    —Beth in TN on May 19, 2015
  • I love the flower applique Daisy Chain. The Irish chain has always been a favorite and I love the variations on the original.

    —Kris on May 19, 2015
  • I want to make the beautiful quilt on the cover – I love it!

    —LizA on May 19, 2015
  • First I’d do the traditional style, since I’ve never made one & always wanted to.

    —Nancy Lanier on May 19, 2015
  • I loved all of them, breaking up and unraveled looked very interesting! I would love to try them!

    —Patty on May 19, 2015
  • My first large quilt was the traditional Double Irish Chan so I would like to make a more modern version of it. Thanks for sharing your quilts with everyone.

    —Rita S on May 19, 2015
  • OMG – I LOVE them all! But, I found myself drawn to the modern versions of the chain quilts. I’d start there, I think.

    —kraftykc on May 19, 2015
  • I really like the modern versions.

    —Lynn on May 19, 2015
  • I loved all of the Irish Chain quilts. I would make the traditional one or the appliqued one. So hard to decide.

    —Sylvia Lutz on May 19, 2015
  • I think I would be adventurous and try the modern style

    cynthia lanahan on May 19, 2015
  • Absolutely love the Breaking Up pattern! That would be my first choice.

    —Kay on May 19, 2015
  • I would try one of the modern style ones. I love quilts with houses and would definitely try the one with the appliqued houses.

    —Cyndi on May 19, 2015
  • absolutely adore Breaking Up !

    —Barbara Long on May 19, 2015
  • Oh…Bitty Bits for sure. And then I’d try the others. Gorgeous quilts!

    —Carol Vickers on May 19, 2015
  • I love the Bitty Bits quilts!

    —Janna on May 19, 2015
  • I have made a baby quilt version of the traditional Irish chain so I would try a fun, modern one. They all look wonderful.

    —Kathy h on May 19, 2015
  • I am intrigued by the Improvisational piecing quilts

    —Deborah Fowler on May 19, 2015
  • Definitely a hard choice! Either Breaking Up or Bitty Bits!

    Susan on May 19, 2015
  • It’s hard to pick just one. I see three that I would make in a heartbeat. Creative ways to make the chain!

    —Janet T on May 19, 2015
  • I would go for the traditional Irish Chain first.

    —Janey on May 19, 2015
  • Love all the Irish Chains. The unraveled looks fun.

    —Virginia Over on May 19, 2015
  • I looked at all the pictures and saw several I really liked but the Daisy Chain is just adorable!!! I have been collecting 30s prints and I can see a 30s Daisy Chain quilt on my bed.

    —DebMac on May 19, 2015
  • I’m torn between the wonkey block version and the applique dot version. They are both so whimsical! Love the book.

    —Susan in NH on May 19, 2015
  • I love the appliqued dots quilt in the citrus colors! I just happen to have fat qtrs in those colors that are waiting for the pattern!
    It would be lovely to win the book. Thank you so much for the opportunity!

    —Jetta on May 19, 2015
  • I would try the daisy chain.

    —Susan on May 19, 2015
  • I would like to make the cover quilt so I would say a more traditional style quilt. I have made a traditional triple Irish Chain. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

    —Sheila Fernkopf on May 19, 2015
  • I would love to make an Irish Chain – it is on my bucket list. Since it starts with a nine-patch, I feel it is do-able. But I really love the stack & wack one so probably will try that one first! thanks for encouraging us on.

    —Cindy Wienstroer on May 19, 2015
  • I would try the one on the cover – love the colors – then, an appliqued one. Hope to win the book! Thanks for the opportunity. I’ve never made an Irish Chain, but have one that was given to me by a neighbor many years ago. I was an honorary grandchild.

    —Bea K on May 19, 2015
  • I really like "Breaking Up" but there are so many others in the book that I also like. This is a great book. Thanks Melissa and thank you Martingale for the giveaway!

    —Susan Griffith on May 19, 2015
  • They all look great! I probably would try one in Twist on Tradition or Improvisational Piecing first.

    —Andy on May 19, 2015
  • The Bitty Bits is my favorite, but I do like them all. I love traditional quilts.

    —Roberta Johnson on May 19, 2015
  • I would love to make an Irish chain quilt, probably starting with a traditional one and moving on from there!

    —Pat on May 19, 2015
  • Traditional Irish Chain. That was one of my very first classes on how to make a quilt. I gave that one away, but I would like one of my own and never made one. But I do like the look of the ‘Breaking Up’ Irish Chain also, decisions, decisions…

    —Judy D on May 19, 2015
  • I think I would like to try both, I do like the daisy chain one!

    —Sunnie on May 19, 2015
  • Really like Breaking Up!

    —Vinette on May 19, 2015
  • I’m more of a traditionalist/modern than funky/wonky. I love "Unraveled," with its gently placed blocks and space to rest your eyes while taking this beautiful quilt in. I have never made an Irish chain quilt, but think I just might. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

    —Barbara OC on May 19, 2015
  • My first quilt from Irish Chain Quilts will have to be the modern one.

    Stephanie Alexander on May 19, 2015
  • I’ve not tried making an Irish Chain but all the patterns Melissa has created are awesome! There is enough in her book to make one for each of my grandchildren. I especially like the improvisational quilt as well as the appliqué one. Beautiful eyes work!!!

    —Kathy W. on May 19, 2015
  • To say that I am "fun and funky" would be a lie but I think that is the Irish Chain quilt I would like to make first. Sometimes one has to step out of their normal box in order to stretch and learn. More and more I seem to be drawn to the modern designs due to their "geometricness" and clean, unclutterd lines. Guess an old dog can learn new things.

    —Karen L. on May 19, 2015
  • If I am the lucky winner I would do the "breaking up" first. I have a big set of charms that might do the trick!

    —Kathy G on May 19, 2015
  • I cannot believe that I have never made this pattern in the 20 years that I have been quilting! I am inspired to make one as my next quilt!

    —LaVonne on May 19, 2015
  • I like all the chains, the bright colors really appeal, but my first try would be the applique Daisy Chain. I have done some, but not a lot, of applique and do like the flower motif.

    —Karen on May 19, 2015
  • Have always wanted to make an Irish Chain, love Breaking Up and Bitty Bits. Appreciate a chance to win, this looks like a fun book.
    Thanks, Carmen

    Carmen on May 19, 2015
  • All of her ideas are wonderful!! I want them all…but I can’t stop looking at the "Daisy Chain". I keep thinking it would look gorgeous made with Play Time prints for my 2 nieces beds!!!

    Jacqueline Keen on May 19, 2015
  • One of my favorites! I made a double Irish chain and had it quilted with Celtic designs. I will probably make more chain quilts and would love to see this book for inspiration. The one with houses looks like super fun.

    —Kay on May 19, 2015
  • I would do a traditional one first to get the feel of the placement and colors then branch out to a funky one!
    Love those too

    —joan on May 19, 2015
  • I’ve made a couple of Irish Chain type quilts, but have never tried the funky style. I really like the Little Bits one and would start there – I’ve got a scrap collection begging to be used!

    —Karen Smith on May 19, 2015
  • I love the fun and funky style!

    —jane d on May 19, 2015
  • I am more of a traditional kind of girl, but I love the "unraveled" design. I would try that one first

    —Sharon on May 19, 2015
  • I like them both but would have to make a funky modern quilt first

    —Shawna on May 19, 2015
  • Funky and Modern!!!!

    Love the various takes on the Irish Chain, always a fave of mine!

    —Erin on May 19, 2015
  • I am pretty much a traditionalist so definitely would try a traditional irish chain first.

    —Carol Gearey on May 19, 2015
  • Definitely a traditional first – have wanted to make one and just haven’t gotten around to it. A more difficult decision would be WHICH one first!

    —April on May 19, 2015
  • Unraveled speaks to me, and I love the use of pastels. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —amy f on May 19, 2015
  • I like the traditional with maybe different color nine patches throughout the quilt

    —EveVanna Hedrich on May 19, 2015
  • I love the one on the cover of the book. Scrap buster!

    —Glenda Britten on May 19, 2015
  • I do have a chain quilt in process, however think would like to try the Bitty Bits from the book. It would make a good baby quilt for the community service we do in the guide I attend. I like a twist on traditional so making from the modern section would keep me busy.

    —Marilynn on May 19, 2015
  • After looking at the additional pages of the book on your website, I could go with either making traditional or modern irish chain quilts. All the quilts are beautiful and provide creative inspiration. I think it would be impossible to do only one quilt from this book as I do like all the quilts shown. I would probably start with the cover quilt, then on to the black and white quilt, and for sure the happy houses quilt as a baby quilt with a 3D door and an I spy motif displayed when the door is opened. I don’t think I could stop there, though.

    —marlene on May 19, 2015
  • I would love to do the Breaking Up quilt first, but then do all of the rest!

    —Nancy Augustine on May 19, 2015
  • I think I would try "breaking up". I have been quilting for about 3 years and almost from the start have wanted to do a Irish Chain quilt, but haven’t yet. Maybe winning a book with an actual pattern would be just the thing to get me going on one 🙂 I really like the quilt on the cover too…All the quilts are beautiful.

    —Elizabeth on May 19, 2015
  • I would have a hard time deciding,I have not made an Irish Chain so would think of traditional 1st but might go more modern.

    —ELIZAJANE on May 19, 2015
  • Daisy Chain is my first choice. They are all lovely. I enjoy reading all comments by the quilters. Thanks for your delightful site.

    —Bernice Restivo on May 19, 2015
  • HI,I’m traditional! So I’d do it first,but the funky is charming too>like to do it second! Thanks for the giveaway!

    —LINDA on May 19, 2015
  • I agree: I’m a quilter. Part traditional, with some modern thrown in. I love scrappy quilts, but also can’t resist fabric lines that make a cohesive top in modern colors. I have this book on my wish list, would love to have it! I think the bits quilt looks like so much fun, and heaven knows I have the fabrics!

    Thanks for your generosity and for sharing…
    Sharon in Colorado

    —Sharon Schipper on May 19, 2015
  • I think I would try Twists on Tradition.

    —Janice on May 19, 2015
  • Definitely fun and funky! Because it is so me!

    —Sandy S on May 19, 2015
  • I would like to try the Bitty Bits! So interesting and lots of movement!

    —Susan on May 19, 2015
  • I would have to do the one on the cover, not sure what the name is, but it just sings to me!
    Thanks for a great book!
    Mary

    —Mary Parker on May 19, 2015
  • This book sounds perfect for me. Love the Irish Chain and applique and modern quilts are new interests as well. You’ve touched upon all my favorites. I’d love a copy of your new book.

    —barbara berdy on May 19, 2015
  • I’m excited to see the fun and funky twists on the tried and true. I love the sample block with the houses! So cute. Debbie

    Debbie Holley on May 19, 2015
  • I would definitely start with the modern twist of Irish chain. It looks so easy but I’m betting its more complicated than it looks.

    —Lonia MacLeod on May 19, 2015
  • WOW! I love the Irish Chain on the cover of the book. Would love
    to learn how it is made.
    Thanks!

    —pauline on May 19, 2015
  • Traditional or traditional with a twist. I like "Breakikng Up".

    —Susan on May 19, 2015
  • I like bitty bits and daisy chain, but a traditional Irish chain is on my to-do list. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Elaine on May 19, 2015
  • The cover quilt for sure!

    —Shari K. on May 19, 2015
  • What a wonderful book! The first quilt my Mother made for me was a traditional Irish Chain too! She first started quilting after she retired from teaching first grade for over 30 years.

    I would like to begin with the applique pattern. I am just becoming fairly proficient in that skill class & the pattern looks lovely.

    Barbara Pryg

    —Barbara Pryga on May 19, 2015
  • Not liking to make the same quilt twice, I would start with Bitty Bits or Daisy Chain. They both are fresh and new. This book will make a great addition to anyone’s library.

    —cindy on May 19, 2015
  • I’m glad you said "..to try first", because I know I’m going to do more than one. I really like the twists of the modern designs. Not too wonky for me though. I’ve been watching out for this book 🙂

    —Wendy Allen on May 19, 2015
  • I love when a traditional quilt has some new and fun twist so I would make a fun and funky uilt first!

    —Hildy on May 19, 2015
  • I do like the cover quilt. I would do the traditional one first.

    —Sharon B on May 19, 2015
  • That Bitty Bits one looks very interesting – would love to try it!

    —Marilyn on May 19, 2015
  • I like the unusual modern quilts, but frankly I am impressed with all the talent I see on this website. Thanks!

    —Jan on May 19, 2015
  • I’ve never done improvisational quilting, so that would be a new challenge. And I have loads of scraps for a really big one. Wonderful design options in this new book.

    —Mona on May 19, 2015
  • Love it. I think my favorite is "Breaking Up". I can really identify with Melissa’s eclectic style of some days plan-as-you-sew and other times having a very definite plan and getting in the zone and chain piecing. Thanks Martingale, for sharing these quilt stories and giving us the opportunity to win this book

    —Karen on May 19, 2015
  • I would absolutely LOVE to make one like the one on the cover of the book, rainbow-style contemporary using a bright color scheme.

    —Jen on May 19, 2015
  • I would love to try the fun and funky design!

    —Debi Tisdale on May 19, 2015
  • Love the fun and funky ones so would give them a try.

    —Karon on May 19, 2015
  • I’m a traditionalist most days, so I think I would go that route first.

    —Karen A on May 19, 2015
  • They are all terrific but I like the Bitty Bits–maybe because I have lots of colorful scraps!

    —Pamela R on May 19, 2015
  • I really like the Irish chain pattern and have made it in the old traditional way but I love the new twist mellisa has put on this pattern. I would like to make one of the modern quilts first if I win this book. Thank you for the opportunity to see this new book, I really enjoy your blog.

    —Barbara on May 19, 2015
  • With this book, I would jump straight to Bitty Bits which I think (?) is the beautiful quilt on the cover. I have been drawn to chains in quilts lately and this one is gorgeous! Thank you for the review and giveaway!

    Loris Mills on May 19, 2015
  • I’m not usually an improvisational quilter, but I really like "Bitty Bits".

    —Kathy on May 19, 2015
  • Oh my, I was captivated by the cover quilt! And so much detailed piecing in perfect color combinations and layout. I want the double wedding ring pattern so badly – maybe she wi put it in her next book.

    —Lynne on May 19, 2015
  • I’ve done traditional Irish Chain, so would be delighted to give the fun and funky a try. Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Terri on May 19, 2015
  • Maybe a mix of both, love the inspiring quilts, and the author’s design sense! Her mom’s quilt is beautiful too!

    Denise L. on May 19, 2015
  • Daisy Chain. Reminds mr of spring and summer. Sunny days and playing in my rose garden.

    Ceedee on May 19, 2015
  • Can"t wait to give these patterns a go!!!!!!

    —jackie on May 19, 2015
  • modern style for sure

    —Kathy Luehrs on May 19, 2015
  • Time to get out of my comfort zone and try the fun and funky modern. LOL!! I’m ready

    —Marguerite Namdar on May 19, 2015
  • I am definately a "tried and true traditional" style quilt lover.

    —Dawn Smolsky on May 19, 2015
  • I decided to make an Irish Chain quilt instead of a double wedding ring for my son and his wife due to my lack of applique skills and because I love patching pieces together and make some unique to them. Although I prefer the traditional patterns, there were a few patterns in this book that got my attention and I just might go in a new direction.

    —debra lee on May 19, 2015
  • I would choose the slightly wonky "Bitty Bits" quilt. I’ve already made a few traditional Irish Chain quilts, I would like to make something more modern. Thanks for the chance to win! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

    —Jacklynn Grimm on May 19, 2015
  • Improvisational! I LOVE every quilt in that section, especially the cover quilt! I never gave the Irish chain pattern a thought until seeing this book. I have only been quilting since September but I just finished my 4th quilt today, it’s in the dryer. I want to make one of these! Please!

    —Susan on May 19, 2015
  • Oh, the improv Bitty Bits is just calling out to me! Love the concept!

    —Jackie on May 19, 2015
  • I am intrigued by the improvisational pattern which is different than what I am usually drawn too. Also the Appliqued one is very tempting. I still have a double Irish Chain from years ago that needs to be quilted. I would love to receive this book and try something new.

    —Marge P on May 19, 2015
  • I never realized how versatile Irish Chain is. I think I would love to try one of the new fun and funky modern patterns.

    —Bridget on May 19, 2015
  • I like the one on the cover and that is what I would start with first.

    —Judy on May 19, 2015
  • I think I would try a fun and funky style quilt.

    —theresa sheldon on May 19, 2015
  • I would start with Fun and Funky! I love the black and white one in the book, so I might start there. Thanks so much for this great giveaway.

    —Corky on May 19, 2015
  • I’d do a traditional style but I’d use a super modern print/fabric collection

    —stanleybeagle on May 19, 2015
  • I have made Irish Chain with the traditional style, so I might venture out into the modern versions – "Unraveled" really caught my eye!

    Thanks!
    Liz
    boltonia55@yahoo.com

    —Elizabeth Bolton on May 19, 2015
  • Oh I love the applique Irish Chain, what a cool idea…..wish I had thought of that! Thanks for the chance to win this delightful book. Happy Sewing!

    Kim Brandt on May 19, 2015
  • The Irish Chain quilt is on my list of quilts to make. I would make tried and true.

    —DarlaC on May 19, 2015
  • I would try one of the modern twists-something new and different. Love the styles that she has put together. Awesome use of color and design.

    —D Lanette Powell on May 19, 2015
  • Those little houses! They are so cute. I love house quilts

    —Susan Robbins on May 19, 2015
  • The Daisy Chain just screamed "You must make me" when I saw it. All forms of the Irish Chain are fun, but that one really drew me in.

    —connie b on May 19, 2015
  • I would do the traditional with a twist first…. thanks for the giveaway!

    —Nancy on May 19, 2015
  • Most definitely I would make a modern version of the Irish Chain. The cover quilt is right up my alley because of the bright colors used. That’s the one I would make first. Lots of lovely quilts in this book.

    —Jan N. on May 19, 2015
  • I generally consider myself a traditional quilter, but a lot of the modern "chains" in this book are SO amazing – and pretty irresistible, I must admit. I think the one that draws me the most and that I would begin with is the one with the tiny houses. Adorable! And what a perfect baby quilt it would make, right?

    —Sherryl W. on May 19, 2015
  • While I’m intrigued by the modern look, I’d still try the traditional pattern first. My free motion quilting would not enhance the modern quilt’s negative spaces.

    —Sandy W. on May 19, 2015
  • I am a tried and true person. My mother made me an Irish Chain quilt for a wedding gift 53 years ago and it is still one of my favorite designs.

    —Jean Greene on May 19, 2015
  • All these quilts look so fun! I would start with "breaking Up"

    —Claire on May 19, 2015
  • I would deff do fun and funky! There’s always something fun about being totally different 😉 Thanks so much for the chance to win
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

    —Debby E on May 19, 2015
  • I’m more a traditionalist so I would probably try one of those; however, I am starting to venture into some other types of quilting. The applique chain is quite inviting.

    —Virginia in AK on May 19, 2015
  • I would love to make the modern patchwork first. Thanks

    —Enedina on May 19, 2015
  • Traditional with a twist or improvisational piecing!! Can not choose a first.

    Tabitha D. Bezalel on May 19, 2015
  • OOOOoooo the fun and funky….bity bits looks very interesting!!! Time to walk (er…quilt) on the wild side!!

    —Allison on May 19, 2015
  • I would go modern 🙂

    —Katy M on May 19, 2015
  • I love the Breaking Up with the traditional feel. They all look beautiful.

    —Linda on May 19, 2015
  • I think "Breaking Up" would be a great quilt to start on.

    —Joyce C. on May 19, 2015
  • Think that I would like to try a combination of the tried and true along with some appliques. Perhaps a white background with two or three shades of green and then appliqued flowers in pink and rose?

    —Kate on May 19, 2015
  • The Improvisational Piecing section is where I’ll head. I enjoy stacking and slashing.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Valerie Clark on May 19, 2015
  • GREAT DESIGNS!!! Never quilted an Irish chain but I think I will now. I like both the traditional and the wonky. So the choice would be a long thought put one

    —sandy on May 19, 2015
  • I love the cover quilt, and would try something like it first. The book has lots of great quilts to pick from, though.

    —Karen Watkins on May 19, 2015
  • I love the fun look of the wonky chain blocks. I hadn’t thought of this for an Irish chain but it looks great. Thanks for the give away!

    —Cheryl S. on May 19, 2015
  • I would have to try the one shown in rainbow colors. A rainbow quilt is on my bucket list and I like Irish Chain.

    —Marge Harrington on May 19, 2015
  • The "Breaking Up" quilt looks fascinating–it would be very tempting to try it first.

    —B J Kinney on May 19, 2015
  • I would do a traditional tried and true with a little variation.

    —Joan on May 19, 2015
  • I haven’t done a lot of applique, but the "Daisy Chain" looks like a quilt that would be a good one for gaining a little applique experience. I love the uncluttered look of it!

    —Barb on May 19, 2015
  • I’d like to try the ‘fun and funky’ as I just completed a traditional Double Irish Chain…loved how it turned out. Did it in Batiks…

    —Jeanette S on May 19, 2015
  • Normally, I would try the more traditional Irish Chain but I am very drawn to the Bitty Bits quilt. I would really like to try it. One of my first quilts was an Irish Chain and it has been a favorite since. Thanks!

    —Wendy on May 19, 2015
  • I love the fun and funky modern. The house quilt is my favorite.

    —Alysa on May 19, 2015
  • Definitely fun-and funky modern

    —Cynthia on May 19, 2015
  • My one and only Irish Chain is still a top at this time, but is in the schedule of to be quilted quilts. But for the next one I think it will be one of the breakup ones and or applique one.

    —Sandy on May 19, 2015
  • I have a couple of projects in process that mix the best of both worlds. I’m looking forward to continuing to push the envelope.

    —Jane on May 19, 2015
  • I would definitely go traditional first, but I’d also love to try one of the more modern ones!

    Snoodles on May 19, 2015
  • I’ve always loved Irish chain, maybe because I have Irish roots in my ancestry. I thought the improv Irish chain was particularly intriguing.

    —Lynda McNab on May 19, 2015
  • I like to do fun, rather funky things, so traditional with some funky thrown in would be my choice. This book suits my personality to a T–make that an X.

    —Jean on May 19, 2015
  • Call me old-fashioned but I would definitely go with the "tried and true". I made a double Irish Quilt for my son and daughter-in-law as a wedding gift and I hope to someday make another slightly different Irish Chain quilt for my other son.

    —Janet on May 19, 2015
  • I think I’d make the one on the cover first-it’s so pretty!

    —amy on May 19, 2015
  • I have always loved the look of the Double Irish Chain Quilts but have never tried one. I hope to in the near future. I have thirteen grandchildren I need to make quilts for when they get married. This would be great for at least one of them.

    —Sherie on May 19, 2015
  • Traditional for me, I am going to make the quilt on the cover of the book, it’s so gorgeous!

    —JoAnne Turnbull on May 19, 2015
  • I would be traditional for me! thans!

    —Lee on May 19, 2015
  • I would definitely try the fun and funky first!

    —Cheryl V. on May 19, 2015
  • I like the twist quilts.

    —Sonia on May 19, 2015
  • I would try the tried and true traditional Irish Quilt as l find them so amazing and think that it would be an ideal wedding gift when one of my kids get married.

    —Anne on May 19, 2015
  • I would try a traditional style first. I have made several blocks already for an Irish chain quilt using batiks and can’t wait to see how it will turn out.

    —Gail D. on May 19, 2015
  • I like the sound of fun and funky. Traditional with a modern twist.

    —Julie B on May 19, 2015
  • I love the dots, need to try that soon.

    —Ellen K on May 19, 2015
  • I love the Irish Chains!! It si getting closer to the top of my to do list all the time. 🙂 What a wonderful variety of the Irish Chain! Would love to win this book.
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    —Connie Cain on May 19, 2015
  • Love doing these the traditional way, but now I must try the Improvisational Piecing look, too!

    —Marty on May 19, 2015
  • I would try the traditional first

    Betsy on May 19, 2015
  • I would try the twist on tradition Irish Chain Quilt Pattern. Each pattern is so unique. Thanks

    Beverly Clark on May 19, 2015
  • The fun and funky quilts look like something my granddaughter would love.

    elr on May 19, 2015
  • Have only been quilting for four years and the Irish Chain is on my bucket list, would LOVE to WIN this Book to get me started. LOVE THE BOOK.

    Marilyn on May 19, 2015
  • love irish chain quilts. leaning towards modern lately. would try the "unraveled" one. whimsical!

    —Shannon O on May 19, 2015
  • I like them both, but I’d probably make a traditional one first.

    —LeAnne L on May 19, 2015
  • I’ve never made an Irish Chair quilt to date but would love to try and produce one as beautiful as any one of the Traditional ones as shown in this site. A win of this book would certainly inspire me!

    —Norma Weeks on May 19, 2015
  • Love, love, love the improvisational piecing. That said I just enjoy the look of a good Irish chain! That book may need to be added to my collection!

    —Tonie Peterson on May 19, 2015
  • I would do the traditional. Friends made us a Double Irish Chain quilt top which we saw at our rehearsal dinner. But for many reasons, that quilt never got finished, and 25 years later, we got a Single Irish Chain quilt from them.

    —Patrice H on May 19, 2015
  • I would probably try the improvisational one first! Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Linda Pawlak on May 19, 2015
  • I’d try that improvisational one first. Looks fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

    Sarah on May 19, 2015
  • Breaking Up would be the challenge I would take on. Just love the navy blue on white.

    —Pat D on May 19, 2015
  • I really like the "Unraveled" design, so that would be modern.

    —Karen Cohn on May 19, 2015
  • Fun and funky since that is way outside my comfort zone on quilts. I would like to try something new but with an old friend 😉

    —Toni Chapman on May 19, 2015
  • I am a traditional quilter most of the time but the Improvisational Quilt really "speaks" to me. I want to try the one that is pictured so bad. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Sheila on May 19, 2015
  • It’s hard to pick just one there are several I’d like to make but it would have to be fun and funky for the first one. Great book!

    —Barbara Jenson on May 19, 2015
  • I would have to go with one of the modern versions…although they are all beautiful!

    —Lori B. on May 19, 2015
  • I would make "Breaking UP" Hope I WIN this Book by Melissa.

    Mary Crowther on May 19, 2015
  • I would choose a fun & funky Irish chain quilt….the book looks great!

    —Melanie C on May 19, 2015
  • Fun and funky as I have already done a traditional Irish Chain. The book looks like great fun. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Nancy on May 19, 2015
  • I really, really like the fun & funky modern quilts. There are quite a few quilts in Irish Chain Quilts that I’d like to do. Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

    —Janet in ND on May 19, 2015
  • I love all the styles of Irish Chain, and hope to make one soon.

    carol on May 19, 2015
  • FUN AND FUNKY MODERN STYLE

    —MARIE STRAIN on May 19, 2015
  • Breaking Up – from Twists on Tradition is my favourite.

    —Beryl Rutherford on May 19, 2015
  • I think I’d go for the traditional look, but done In modern fabrics.

    —Margaret Lawrence on May 19, 2015
  • I never did ‘Irish chain’ pattern but I will try one of the modern style …thank you …marta

    —marta on May 19, 2015
  • I love all the quilts in the book.
    I think I’m more of a traditionalist – I’d love to make a Double Irish Chain quilt.

    —Linda Fleming on May 19, 2015
  • Breaking Up looks like a fun quilt to make. Maybe in solids.

    —Chris on May 19, 2015
  • I would certainly start with the cover quilt and then probably go right on to the end of the book!
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    —Judy on May 20, 2015
  • I think I’d start with traditional

    —Lynnette Lamance on May 20, 2015
  • I love Irish chain quilts! I would start with a twist on tradition quilt.

    —TaraA on May 20, 2015
  • My first quilt was an Irish Chain quilt! Very traditional! Now I would make an improv style Irish chain! Then I’d make one of her modern style, followed by one of the applique quilts.

    —Jean Blythe on May 20, 2015
  • I think I would start with something traditional, but the applique versions of the Irish chain look amazing too!

    —Gwen W on May 20, 2015
  • I like the improvisational quilt, but I would probably start with one of the tradition with a twist designs. It would be a great way to use scraps for baby quilts.

    Lore Stanley on May 20, 2015
  • love Irish everything!

    —Mary Grace Ronan on May 20, 2015
  • I would try the Modern Irish Chain. I love the bold colors!

    —Debby Thompson on May 20, 2015
  • I love the colors on the first modern one and that would be the one I might try.

    —Marlene on May 20, 2015
  • I’ve been wanting to do Irish Chain!

    Lisa Garrett on May 20, 2015
  • I am like Melissa. I like order and symmetry. I am definitely interested in the traditional with a twist quilts. Beautiful cover quilt.

    —Anne on May 20, 2015
  • I would like to do the twist on tradition "Breaking Up" quilt because I love traditional quilts but lately I’m really getting into the modern quilting. I have an Irish ancestry so the Irish chain has always been special to me.

    —Alicia Sawyer on May 20, 2015
  • New to quilting- never got up nerve to try one- all look like lots of fun to make and use- don’t know where to start- but the tried and true would be my best bet- thanks for these great ideas and picture wish list to start with – Have a great day

    Martha Hood on May 20, 2015
  • I consider myself a modern quilter, but I would do a traditional Irish Chain in modern fabrics and colors…to me, Irish Chain is a traditional pattern that can feel sooooo modern, like Amish quilts. The book looks beautiful!

    —Ellen Frank on May 20, 2015
  • I think the traditional would be a good starting point to learn the process. Of course, by the middle, I’d be yearning to add something different…and by the end, who knows what would happen! I like the invention journey!

    Lisa on May 20, 2015
  • I would like to try the modern Irish Chain, my niece will be getting married at the end of summer and she is the last family member I need to make a quilt for. She is a County girl with modern taste so it would be ideal for her and her new hubby.

    —Mary on May 20, 2015
  • I would chose the classic Irish Chain, but done in batiks. The only difficulty would be, do I chose pastels or bold and bright? I would love them both. I haven’t made an Irish chain quilt yet, although I was across from someone at a quilt camp when she was sewing one together. I like the classic styles, but also like modern quilts too. So maybe I could somehow adapt the classic Irish. Chain to be modern too, without losing the unique-ness that belongs to the Irish chain.

    —Sharon Powless on May 20, 2015
  • I finished piecing my first Double Irish Chain baby quilt not long ago and had so much fun! Who knew I could make a modem version of it too!

    —Judy F on May 20, 2015
  • I love Irish Chain Quilts. I made one for my son whose last name is Flynn and is very Irish. I made it king-size and they have really enjoyed it. I made shams and pillows and pillow cases to match. I would love to try some of the variations shown in your blog.

    Susan P on May 20, 2015
  • I would pick a modern Irish Chain. Maybe two-colors or a rainbow.

    —Lisa Estrada on May 20, 2015
  • Irish Chain was one of the patterns I made when I was a new quilter. And I’ve made a few over the years. I want to try some of the new, funky patterns Melissa has come up with. Looks like a great book, thanks for the chance to win!

    —Lisa Marie on May 20, 2015
  • I am surprised to say I love the modern with a twist Irish chain quilts

    —Becky in Georgia on May 20, 2015
  • I love the traditional Irish Chain and think I would attempt that, although the Daisy really strikes a cord with me. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Cindy on May 20, 2015
  • I would make the pattern with the houses! I LOVE that one!
    This is a wonderful book!!

    —susie on May 20, 2015
  • I have been patiently awaiting the release of this book since I was first introduced to it. I would be making "Unraveled" first. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

    —Audrey on May 20, 2015
  • I like the quilt on page 4, with the arrow (or is it a star) in the chain. There was no name on it. I love Melissa Corry- she is such a sweet person and a very giving quilter.

    Lynn on May 20, 2015
  • I haven’t made an Irish Chain quilt yet. I’d make my quilt very traditional the first time.

    —Linda Webster on May 20, 2015
  • I would start with the Bitty Bits quilt. thanks for the chance.

    —Brenda on May 20, 2015
  • I like the improvisional quilt and would like to try it as it is so different from the traditional!

    —Bev Gunn on May 20, 2015
  • I love the new Irish chain quilts with a little bit of a modern twist.

    —Debbie B on May 20, 2015
  • Tried and true! I’m a traditionalist! Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Mama K. on May 20, 2015
  • I’m in love with the modern Irish chain quilt designs.

    Southern Gal on May 20, 2015
  • I’d choose a traditional.

    The first real quilt I ever made was really a three-person effort between my Gram, my mom and myself (I did most of the quilting, they did most of the piecing) – and it was a double Irish chain. Go figure!

    —Jess on May 20, 2015
  • Will begin with traditional and go on to modern.Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Rivka Hamdani on May 20, 2015
  • I really love the cover quilt. I would sew that one first! It looks both traditional and modern to me.

    Anita L on May 20, 2015
  • I’d like to try the " tried-and-true traditional style!"

    —Nicole Sender on May 20, 2015
  • I would try the fun-and-funky modern Irish chain. They are all very beautiful.

    —Trudy A on May 21, 2015
  • The funky and modern draw me, especially Bitty Bits; if I win the book I’ll definitely make that one!

    —Suzanprincess on May 21, 2015
  • I would like to try the fun and funky modern style!

    —Vicky on May 21, 2015
  • Love her ideas with the Irish Chain. That is one of my favorite patterns. Thanks, Melissa

    —jan on May 21, 2015
  • I love the quilt on the cover. That is the one I want to start with, then move on to several others that look like lots of fun!!
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    —Linda S on May 21, 2015
  • Really like bitty bits, so I guess my vote is for fun and funky. What a wonderful book. Can’t wait to see and use a hard copy!

    —Laura on May 21, 2015
  • I loved all of them! It would be hard to decide which to try first!

    —Cathy Wilson on May 21, 2015
  • I would try the classic one first, then branch out into the modern style.

    —Cynthia on May 21, 2015
  • I would do a more traditional design first, and then a modern one second!

    —Anne Robertson on May 21, 2015
  • A refreshing look at the chain. I’d make the one on the cover as it is so colorful. Then I’d try Bitty Bits. kthurn@bektel.com

    —Karen Thurn on May 21, 2015
  • I’ve never yet made an Irish Chain quilt, so I’d start with a traditional one with a twist. But I’d love to make some of the more wonky and modern ones as well – though not any with that much appliqué! That’s just not me 🙂

    Charlotta Norby on May 21, 2015
  • If I’m the winner, il make the Bitty Bits quilt from the Improvisational Piecing section: “Bitty Bits”. I FMQ all my quilts on an old PFAFF. I love all the pictures.

    —Lyndalee Korn on May 21, 2015
  • They’re all wonderful! My favorite is the one on the cover–I’m a sucker for anything in rainbow colors!

    —Verna on May 21, 2015
  • I’ve never made one, so I think I would start with the traditional one and go from there! Thanks for the chance to win!

    Margo on May 21, 2015
  • I would love to try one of the I provisional Irish chain quilts.

    —Marilyn Logan on May 22, 2015
  • Definitely a fun and funky version!

    Moira on May 22, 2015
  • I really like the quilt on the cover. I like the modern styles and would like to try an updated look. They all look like so much fun!

    —Vivian Lewis on May 22, 2015
  • I would try the fun and funky style. The "Bitty Bits" looks so fun. To be honest I have never made an Irish Chain quilt, but look forward to trying one. I never knew there were so many variations.

    —Cindy Schultz on May 22, 2015
  • All the Irish Chain quilt pattern designs are great and the first one I’d try is "Unraveled."

    —Rosalind Gutierrez on May 22, 2015
  • Never made one before so I would try the traditional pattern, but with modern fabrics

    —Allison C on May 22, 2015
  • I love scrappy quilts so would try "Breaking Up."

    —Linda Smith on May 22, 2015
  • I love them all, and would probably try bitty bits first or the one on the cover.

    —Dar on May 22, 2015
  • I would probably go for the tried and tru traditional, but I’m intrigued by the tiny houses incorporated into the chain! Can’t wait to see it!

    Heather on May 22, 2015
  • I like the one on the cover too! It’s such a versatile pattern I love it!

    —Carole-Jayne on May 22, 2015
  • Oh wow, I want to try the Daisy Chain quilt! What a beauty! Thanks!!!

    —Christina on May 22, 2015
  • Tried and True for me!

    —Donna W on May 22, 2015
  • That would be Bitty Bits. Really like it and the colors chosen. Outstanding color play.

    —Lydia R. on May 22, 2015
  • Fun-and-Funky modern style for me and add bold bright colors with a black background.

    —Rhonda Davis on May 22, 2015
  • looks complicated but beautiful. Rachek

    —rachel on May 22, 2015
  • Love the modern Improvised Chain!

    —Mary P on May 22, 2015
  • I’d love to make one of the Twist on Traditinal quilt designs first.
    I love making quilts based on traditional designs but which have a contemporary twist to them. The designs in this book look wonderful and I really hope I win! Thanks for the opportunity!

    —susan on May 22, 2015
  • I want to combine modern (grey, white, black, yellow) with a traditional Irish chain for my niece’s wedding quilt. This book looks like it’s full of ideas!

    —Shirley Wells on May 22, 2015
  • I love them all but I think I would do a traditional Irish chain first. I love the one with the rainbow colors at the top of the post.

    —Laurielyn on May 22, 2015
  • I would do a traditional one first because I’ve never made one before. And then it would be on to Daisy and who knows after that! 🙂

    —Kathie Feller on May 22, 2015
  • Traditional for me. Irish chain was one of the first quilts I made. It’s still one of my favorites.

    —Dee on May 22, 2015
  • I love Irish Chain quilts. Have made a few traditional ones, so it is time for a modern one. Really am drawn to the the appliqued flower one. So much inspiration!

    —Nancy N on May 22, 2015
  • I would do a tried-and-true traditional style first

    —Peggy C on May 22, 2015
  • Traditional first then Bitty Bits look interesting to me!

    —Rose Landon on May 22, 2015
  • that picture of "Bitty Bits" looks like something I would like to do, whatever you call it.

    —Madeline on May 22, 2015
  • I would love to add this book to my quilting library. I am a traditional girl all the way. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    —Renea on May 22, 2015
  • I like the modern single row for a simple look. The Appliquéd Chains I had not considered but will keep in mind.

    —Margaret on May 22, 2015
  • Love the daisy chain.Loved them all.I felt like a child entering the penney candy store,what to choose. Your family picture was wonderful,blessings to you and yours! Carol S

    —Carol Souza on May 22, 2015
  • I would try the traditional first. I love the looks of the modern ones–and especially the applique’–but I think starting with a traditional one would be a good idea to get started on Irish chain.

    —Carol Kussart on May 23, 2015
  • This would be a hard decision. I love them all. Matter of fact the appliqued design is the first one I have seen that I REALLY want to make. Love this book!

    —Susan on May 23, 2015
  • TWist on Tradition or Applique – they’re all beautiful so I’d have to make one from each section! Love the applique flowers and the applique houses!

    —terry hawkins on May 23, 2015
  • I like the different twists in the previews

    —Bro. AJK on May 23, 2015
  • Twist on tradition or the modern…I really enjoyed making an Irish Chain quilt years ago.

    —teri on May 23, 2015
  • I would go fun and funky!

    —Carol on May 23, 2015
  • I’ve never made an Irish Chain quilt; I lean more toward the fun & funky patterns. Since I also knit, the "Unraveled" design is appealing. But so is the Breaking Up design.

    —Pearl on May 23, 2015
  • I would make a fun, modern quilt first. I really "Bitty Bits".

    —Cyndy Knapp on May 25, 2015
  • The traditional Irish Chain is the most interesting to me.

    —Betty on May 27, 2015

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