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.

Comments are closed for this post.

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


340 Comments

  • I love connect the dots. This book looks to be a awesome book I have enjoyed the blog hop and seeing all the quilts

    —pam w on June 18, 2015
  • All the quilts in this book look great and from your four I would pick Connect the Dots first.
    Christine from Ontario

    —Christine on June 18, 2015
  • I am really liking the String of Pearls. It is sew pretty. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    —Renea on June 18, 2015
  • two paths crossed! I love this book/blog hop! So many great quilts!

    —Emilee on June 18, 2015
  • I like Charm Bracelet. I like the uneven blocks and the playful fun of the quilt.

    —Flicsha Allen on June 18, 2015
  • I favor the "Connect the Dots" quilt pattern. I love several of the Irish Chain quilt patterns featured in Melissa’s book.

    —Rosalind Gutierrez on June 18, 2015
  • String of Pearls is so elegant but I love the house quilt too!

    —janet moilanen on June 18, 2015
  • Two Paths Crossed is my favorite, but they are all wonderful!

    —Verna on June 18, 2015
  • Connect the Dots!

    —Suzanne McFadden on June 18, 2015
  • Love the Village Square Block. Looks like it would be a tons of fun to make.
    Would like to try in primitive or plaids! Thanks for a chance to win Irish Chain Quilts.

    Carmen

    Carmen on June 18, 2015
  • Connect the Dots is nice.

    —Patrice H on June 18, 2015
  • So many ideas & fabric, so little time! Thanks for the new inspirations.

    —Linda Booth on June 18, 2015
  • Oh, I love String of Pearls! But then, I love all of them….it’s a hard choice!

    —Snoodles on June 18, 2015
  • That "String of Pearls" quilt is awesome! My daughter would love that! This is definitely a book to get. I don’t think I’ve seen anything in this book I haven’t liked, and Irish Chains are my mother-in-law’s favorite (she got me started in quilting). 🙂

    —WordNerd on June 18, 2015
  • I’ve had this on my wish list ever since you first introduced it! Definitely the house, but love string of pearls and two paths as well. Love the star that shows up in Two Paths!
    My daughter recently completed a Bonnie Hunter pattern, Celtic Solstice, and with her choice of colors, a double Irish Path shows up! Have always loved the simplicity of the pattern.
    Thanks for your generosity, If I win the book great, if not, it’s my next purchase!
    Sharon in Colorado

    —Sharon Schipper on June 18, 2015
  • I really like the Charm Bracelet quilt – I’d love to give it a try. Thanks for the chance to win 🙂
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

    —Debby E on June 18, 2015
  • My favorite is Connect the Dots. I like the two color scheme, but I can also see it being done with shade of one color. The geometric portion would seem to fade in and out. My creative side would love to win the book!

    —Barbara on June 18, 2015
  • Just love String of Pearls. Thanks for the chance to win you fabulous new book!

    —Patti Levine on June 18, 2015
  • I love them all. The Irish chain pattern was the first quilt I ever made. It was beautiful. I would love to win the book. Thanks for the chance.

    —Patricia D. Roberts on June 18, 2015
  • The loudest voice is "String of Pearls".

    —Vicky on June 18, 2015
  • I love the cover quilt, but connect the dots is pretty fun too!

    —Karen in Breezy Point on June 18, 2015
  • I like Irish Chain pattern. it is on my to do list

    —Cindy from Oak Park CA on June 18, 2015
  • Charm bracelet… great scrap buster:)

    —Lou on June 18, 2015
  • String of pearls….I love it and the name gives me sweet memories of the Glen Miller big band music of my era.

    —Judy P on June 18, 2015
  • Hard to pick just one sooooo
    Village Square
    Daisy Chain
    String of Pearls***

    Thank You so much for the chance to win such a wonderful prize

    —Sharon Harmon on June 18, 2015
  • Charm bracelets speaks to me. I like the traditional quilts.

    —Sharon B on June 18, 2015
  • My favorite is Chain of Pearls. I love circles and curves.

    —Pam on June 18, 2015
  • I love "Two Paths Crossed" & the cover quilt is beautiful. I would love to make both of them. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of "Irish Chain Quilts".

    —Nancy Smith on June 18, 2015
  • This book looks like a winner! I can’t remember making an Irish chain quilt, so am excited to try one. hanks for a chance to win your book!

    —Marge buck on June 18, 2015
  • I like Charm Bracelet. THanks for sharing and for giveaway!

    —Jenn Burwell on June 18, 2015
  • "Two Paths Crossed" is one of my two favorites pattern from this book.
    Thanks! for the gift.

    —Helen on June 18, 2015
  • Charm Bracelet would look amazing in red n white…right?

    —Connie on June 18, 2015
  • "Connect the Dots" is so clean and happy! Love the colors and the twist with a round shape instead of right angles!

    —Jetta on June 18, 2015
  • "String of Pearls" speaks to me the most for it’s strong contrast & graphic appeal. I like all of them, but that one really jumps out at me.

    —Carla Ferrier on June 18, 2015
  • This book is so GREAT! I love the T wo Paths Cross! Would be wonderful to win a copy!

    —Dolores Lanagan on June 18, 2015
  • I like Two Paths Crossed the best

    —Marilyn in Alberta on June 18, 2015
  • two Paths Cross!

    Dolores Lanagan on June 18, 2015
  • I think I would enjoy making Charm Bracelet. The pattern looks fun and using lots of color in the quilt block is what I like to do.

    —Susan on June 18, 2015
  • I absolutely love Connect The Dots!

    —theresa sheldon on June 18, 2015
  • Love, love, love the happy little village!! Looks like a fun one day project for a quilt club that needs to make a charity quilt!!

    —Paula J Anderson on June 18, 2015
  • I LUV Connect the Dots. I’m crazy about fabric with dots and anything to do with circles. The Connect the Dots pattern is perfect for me. 🙂

    —Cyndi on June 18, 2015
  • Two paths crossed. Thank you!

    —Danette on June 18, 2015
  • Just love string of pearls…..what a cute idea, take a traditional pattern and run with it! Thanks for the chance to win the book. Happy Sewing!

    Kim Brandt on June 18, 2015
  • I like the 2 paths crossed. It looks really complicated, I hope that it is not 🙂

    —Jennifer Alexander on June 18, 2015
  • I would make Connecting Dots and It Takes A Village. Both are very cute and would be great for children, teens and adults.

    —Delilah Libby on June 18, 2015
  • I like "Two Paths Crossed" and "Connect the Dots." They have the most activity.

    —Caryn on June 18, 2015
  • My favorite is the "Sting of Pearls." Great book!

    —Eileen on June 18, 2015
  • My favorite is the "String of Pearls." Great book!

    —Eileen on June 18, 2015
  • I love connect the dots. It’s so wonderfully creative.

    —Mary on June 18, 2015
  • String of Pearls is the quilt pattern that makes me happy. I have been revisting my childhood memories and remembering the pearls that my mother wore while we lived in Japan. I kept losing the pearl in my special pearl ring and it would be replaced for free. I don’t remember how many times it was replaced.

    —Betty K on June 18, 2015
  • WOW, love them all… charm braclet looks so fun, String of pearls is amazing but I would end up making two paths crossed…

    —Bonnie on June 18, 2015
  • I like the String of Pearls best.

    —Sylvia on June 18, 2015
  • I love the "Connect the Dots" but really, each quilt I’ve seen on the hop has a special charm. Love that you all did the neighborhood – such a cute idea.

    —LJ on June 18, 2015
  • I like the "String of Pearls" pattern, and can envision it done in a variety of colors. That title is also one of the moves for Tai Chi Chuan, which brings me peace of mind like quilting does.

    —Ginger on June 18, 2015
  • I love the String of Pearls!

    Lana Frazier on June 18, 2015
  • I’ve been following Melissa’s blog for quite some time.

    —LJ on June 18, 2015
  • I love Connect the Dots.

    —Sally Dixon on June 18, 2015
  • Of the four quilts shown, I think my first choice to make would be "String of Pearls" and I would probably do it with scrappy colors. I like all of them and all the quilts inspire my imagination.
    quiltschon@att.net

    —Carol Sc on June 18, 2015
  • I really like string of pearls. It is like a very sophisticated modern Burgoyne’s Surrender. Thanks for getting me to look at patterns in a new way.

    —LynS on June 18, 2015
  • I love them all, but Connect the Dots caught my attention first. I love the contrast!

    —kraftykc on June 18, 2015
  • I love Connect the Dots!

    —Sally Dixon on June 18, 2015
  • Love your house quilt!! I need this book!! Looks like a winner!

    Paulette Doyle on June 18, 2015
  • String of Pearls is my favorite!

    —Marty Large on June 18, 2015
  • Both my McAffee virus protection and my Verizon phone protection are warning me against visiting Melissa’s blog,saying it is a ‘parked domain.’ I love the quilt you all made together.

    —Annie on June 18, 2015
  • Who knew that Irish chains could be so Kool. Awesome.

    —Barbara Weygandt on June 18, 2015
  • The Two Crossed Paths really jumped out at me. I love the secondary design that comes through

    —connie b on June 18, 2015
  • Connect the Dots is the quilt I like best of the 4… I’d probably go nuts appliquéing all those circles, but I think it is so cheerful and would be a fun way to use up scraps.

    —Karen Crafts on June 18, 2015
  • So many of these designs speak to me, but I think String of Pearls is my favorite. Fabulous quilts!

    ZAnyMouse on June 18, 2015
  • This is a groundbreaking concept!

    —Catherine on June 18, 2015
  • How to choose between Connect the Dots and String of Pearls? They are both great patterns!

    —Lynn Miller on June 18, 2015
  • I like "Two Paths Crossed". It doesn’t resemble an Irish chain and the regularity of the pattern appeals to me.

    —Jean on June 18, 2015
  • I would make Connect the Dots but there are others I consider too!

    —Jean on June 18, 2015
  • Charm Bracelet – I need to break out of my "traditional" box.

    —Andrea on June 18, 2015
  • I really like Two Paths Crossed. I have enjoyed seeing everyone’s blocks on the blog hop.

    —Karen A on June 18, 2015
  • I definitely like Two Paths Crossed but that’s most likely because I enjoy interpreting traditional patterns in non-traditional ways.

    —QuiltWench on June 18, 2015
  • I love Connect the Dots!

    —Bari B on June 18, 2015
  • I love the classic String of Pearls. Stunning!

    —Pjntx on June 18, 2015
  • The ‘Two Path Crossed’ quilt is my favorite of the four.

    —Hildy on June 18, 2015
  • I like Two Paths Crossed

    —Joan on June 18, 2015
  • I like "Charm Bracelet". I am trying to use up my stash and it has that scrappy look.

    —Rose on June 18, 2015
  • I like string of pearls and connect the dots.

    —Barbara on June 18, 2015
  • An Irish Chain Quilt is on my Bucket List of Quilts. I like the simplicity of the Charm Bracelet. It reminds me of the charm bracelet I had in High School. Boy, that really dates me.

    Darlene Leahy on June 18, 2015
  • I really like the String of Pearls quilt! Been trying to find this book in my LQS. Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Karen on June 18, 2015
  • I like Connect the Dots. Lots of space for wonderful quilting!

    —Susan Griffith on June 18, 2015
  • I really like charm bracelets!!

    —Pat K on June 18, 2015
  • Two Paths Crossed

    —Ricia on June 18, 2015
  • I really like Charm Bracelets

    —Pat K on June 18, 2015
  • Connect the dots!

    —Donna Purchase on June 18, 2015
  • I loved the "Two Paths Crossed". It was a difficult choice as they were all great.

    —Barbara D on June 18, 2015
  • I think "Two Paths Crossed" speaks most strongly to me. Although I do love the wonky Charm Bracelet

    Gene Black on June 18, 2015
  • I like the traditional patterns best

    —Peg on June 18, 2015
  • They are all good but I especially like Charm Bracelets. It works well with the fabrics shown but would also work well with bolder colors, as well as in the inverse, with 5 white and 4 color per block plus selected colors in the sashing.

    —Jane on June 18, 2015
  • I love all of them, but for my skill level, I would start with Charm Bracelet. This blog ‘chase’ has been really fun to follow because everyone has used such different colors and fabrics. I’m definitely buying the book!

    Donna Murdock on June 18, 2015
  • The inspiration and creativity is outstanding. Loving the blocks and quilts!

    —Linda Becker on June 18, 2015
  • I love all dotty things (My Mom is Dot) so I love String of Pearls! Thanks! Great book. Beautiful quilts!

    —Diana on June 18, 2015
  • Love the String of Pearls and Village Square

    —Janet on June 18, 2015
  • I like the 2 paths crossed. That is kind of symbolic in life.

    —Elizabeth Bechstein on June 18, 2015
  • charm bracelets. But I love them all

    —laura on June 18, 2015
  • This book has more quilts that I actually LIKE than any other book!!

    —RM Breuer on June 18, 2015
  • It looks like a great book, and the houses are sweet! I like Two Paths Crossed. Thanks!

    —Maryellen on June 18, 2015
  • Connect the dots! I love polka dots!

    —Gail on June 18, 2015
  • I really like String of Pearls!

    —Marianne on June 18, 2015
  • I like the "Connect the Dots" quilt best – both the simple pattern and color combination shown.

    —Janet G. on June 18, 2015
  • There is nothing like a quilt with wonderful colors and a complicated design that is actually easy and quick to make. My favorite is "Two Paths Crossed". The colors of a quilt are the first thing that catches the eye, then the design. Wonderful.

    —Arliene Zeigler on June 18, 2015
  • I BELIEVE MY FAVORITE IS STRING OF PEARLS. CIRCLES MAKE SUCH INTERESTING QUILTS

    —ELAINE BURKETT on June 18, 2015
  • Love the Irish Chain. Would love to win.

    —Virginia Over on June 18, 2015
  • I love "Connect the Dots", it would be a great take along project with hand applique. "String of Pearls" also calls out to my sewing machine.

    —Nancy N on June 18, 2015
  • It’s so hard to choose, but String of Pearls is an eye catcher and gets my vote. Such a nice group of patterns! I want to sew them all!

    —Deborah Fields on June 18, 2015
  • two paths crossed is my favorite

    —chris zofkie on June 18, 2015
  • "Connect the Dots"….love the applique feature.

    —Kathleen G on June 18, 2015
  • When I saw "String of Pearls," I thought of all those brightly colored charm packs in my sewing room and what a bright and modern Irish Chain quilt they would make!

    —Susan Israel on June 18, 2015
  • I really am drawn to Connect the Dots – I’ve got a thing about two color quilts and the high contrast between black and white is stunning.

    —Karen Smith on June 18, 2015
  • Of those you have asked about, I’d say that Connect the Dots has to be my favorite.

    —VickiT on June 18, 2015
  • I like the String of Pearls.

    —Diana Salmon on June 18, 2015
  • The "String of Pearls" quilt is the one that speaks to me the most. I think the color possibilities are endless. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

    —Sheila Fernkopf on June 18, 2015
  • I think this would be a great book of inspiration. I love to change things up a bit and I think this book would give me the ideas to make that happen.

    —Cathy on June 18, 2015
  • I love connect the dots but do not see myself doing one – I like things to be quick so I would have to say string of pearls

    —Lynda H on June 18, 2015
  • I love Two Paths Crosses

    —Vanessa on June 18, 2015
  • Connect The Dots is my favorite, but they all look great.

    —Anita on June 18, 2015
  • Two Paths Crossed drew my eye most often. It’s a wonderful desing and most certainly my style of quilt.

    —MelanieV on June 18, 2015
  • I love 2 paths crossed!

    —Ashley on June 18, 2015
  • I like two paths crossed. It’s hard to pick just one though. Dahlgren0609 at Gmail dot com

    —Cindy Dahlgren on June 18, 2015
  • Two paths crossed is my favorite because it reminds me of my husband and me!!

    —Kathy on June 18, 2015
  • You all did a great job with the house quilt. What a fun place to work. I like String of Pearls the best but Two Paths Crossed is a very very close second.

    —Diane S on June 18, 2015
  • I like the String Of Pearls design the best.

    —Jackie Wisherd on June 18, 2015
  • Love these quilts – and the grey on grey – erfection

    —Dee on June 18, 2015
  • The Village Square quilt really jumped out at me–I’m a fan of house blocks.

    —Sally on June 18, 2015
  • I love "Connecting the Dots" — so fresh and modern!

    —Diana S. on June 18, 2015
  • Of those four, "String of pearls" is speaking to me the loudest. It’s a very traditional Irish Chain, but looks very un-traditional. All of the quilts in this book look awesome and I really hope I win! Thanks for the opportunity and the blog hop!

    —susan on June 18, 2015
  • They are all beautiful and inspiring, I like the charm bracelet quilt, it looks like it would be fun, easy, and not too time consuming for a quick quilting project.

    Denise L. on June 18, 2015
  • I can’t decide which I like best – but would love to win the book to try them all. Thank you for the opportunity!

    —Audrey on June 18, 2015
  • The Two Paths Crossed design speaks to me most – and they are all inspiring takes on the traditional. I made one scrappy Irish Chain quilt years ago, and it is still lovely on our guest room bed! Thanks for the chance to win!!

    —KrisTX on June 18, 2015
  • Connect the Dots is very cute!! Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Marilyn S on June 18, 2015
  • I love the wonkiness of the charm bracelet pattern.

    —Esther G on June 18, 2015
  • love the houses — so cute

    Caroline Rohrer on June 18, 2015
  • I am loving all of the quilts in this book. Of those 4 I would have to say "Connect the Dots" most appeals to me.

    —teri on June 18, 2015
  • I like all of them but am drawn to String of Pearls

    —Deanna Herrick on June 18, 2015
  • This is a great book with very creative ideas. I love the twist on traditions section.

    —Chris on June 18, 2015
  • Charm Bracelet because i like cute bright happy colors flying in formation on white 😀

    —Rosemary Bolton on June 18, 2015
  • The House quilt and String of Pearls are both on my list to make. Thanks for helping Melissa with this FUN Blog Hop!

    Mary Crowther on June 18, 2015
  • They are all great and if I have to pick one it would be "two paths crossed"

    —Maureen Elsey on June 18, 2015
  • The String of Pearls and Connect the Dots speak to me. I like the houses too.

    Ollie M on June 18, 2015
  • I really love the Charm Bracelets! Such fun patterns in this book!
    Susie

    —susie on June 18, 2015
  • Two Paths Crossed

    —LaVonne on June 18, 2015
  • definitely Two Paths Crossed. there’s so much movement in that pattern.

    —Pat Seager on June 18, 2015
  • I love the houses. What a unique idea. We are going to a house warming for my brother in Wisconsin and this will be great for a Christmas gift.

    —Rose Kniffen on June 18, 2015
  • Am seriously thinking of making an Irish Chain quilt-now have more possibilities than ever! Probably will end up doing a traditional one!

    —Bev Gunn on June 18, 2015
  • It’s a toss-up, but "connect the dots" is so unique that I would choose it.

    Barb Johnson on June 18, 2015
  • Connect the Dots sings to me!!

    —Regina on June 18, 2015
  • I really love String of Pearls. But they are all simply lovely!

    —Kathie Peters on June 18, 2015
  • It will be Two Path Crossed.

    Sandra on June 18, 2015
  • Charmed Bracelet! Love it!

    —Beth on June 18, 2015
  • I love the ‘Two Paths Crossed" the best. It looks like it would be fun to make!

    —Ann on June 18, 2015
  • connect the dots so many cute patterns really nifty

    —Jo on June 18, 2015
  • Love Two Paths Crossed! This book looks full of terrific inspiration!

    —Kay on June 18, 2015
  • Hard to choose! I like them all!

    Susan on June 18, 2015
  • I love them all, but Two Paths Crossed is one of my favorites. 🙂
    craftyccain@gmail.com

    —Connie Cain on June 18, 2015
  • "Two Paths Crossed" speaks to me the most. This blog hop has been great. Such a good intro to Melissa’s book. Thanks for being part of it. The Martingale quilt is just so cute. Thanks for offering a giveaway of the e-book.

    —Audrey on June 18, 2015
  • Two Paths Crossed is my favorite, but String of Pearls really caught my eye too. It’s ironic that you are showing this pattern now as I’ve been gathering fabrics for a quadruple Irish Chain quilt. It’s one of my favorite quilt patterns.

    —Marva Daley on June 18, 2015
  • "String of Pearls" is my favorite! They’re all so pretty.

    —JoAnne T. on June 18, 2015
  • Love the crossed paths and connect the dots…both speak to me as in "please make me!!!"

    —Mary Baker on June 18, 2015
  • I love the connect the dots. It might be the colors, but I love the pattern too.

    —Kathy h on June 18, 2015
  • I would pick Two Paths Crossed and then, I would love to be able to do "lots" of them! Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Shelor on June 18, 2015
  • They are all great patterns… I like Two Paths Crossed.
    thanks for the giveaway…

    —Nancy on June 18, 2015
  • I like String of Pearls. I would make it in reverse, with the background dark and the "chain" a light fabric. Or the background scrappy and the chain a solid. So many possibilities!

    —Dawn on June 18, 2015
  • I love Two Paths Crossed! It turned out beautifully. Thanks for the give away!

    —Cheryl S on June 18, 2015
  • I really like the ‘Connect the Dots’ quilt. Simple but elegant.

    —Edith Montaldo on June 18, 2015
  • I love the Connect the Dots quilt! Normally I avoid applique, but that one might be too cute to resist! 🙂

    —Karen R on June 18, 2015
  • I love Connect the Dots. I’m a circle gal. I love making and looking at circle quilts.

    —Jami Price on June 18, 2015
  • I like Charm Bracelet.

    —Betsy on June 18, 2015
  • I really like the Charmed Bracelets quilt and hope to get one made sometime. Thank you for a great giveaway. timewilltell63 at yahoo dot com

    —Vicky on June 18, 2015
  • Charm bracelets looks like fun to me…of course, I could always change my mind and go for Two Paths Crossed

    —Kathi on June 18, 2015
  • An Irish Chain quilt is a quilt on my bucket list! I like several patterns in the book and would like to make an updated Irish Chain

    Marilyn Fite on June 18, 2015
  • I like Two Paths Crossed the best.

    —Kathy on June 18, 2015
  • Love the Charm bracelet and it’s colors.

    —Louann Mefford on June 18, 2015
  • I love the string of pearls pattern

    —Cynthia on June 18, 2015
  • I like Two Paths Crossed.I like the flow of the pattern.

    —Virginia in AK on June 18, 2015
  • I love the String of Pearls quilt. However, I am not a fan of curved piecing, much too time consuming for me to manage. The book definitely looks interesting.

    —Deborah on June 18, 2015
  • Definitely Connect the Dots. It’s absolutely perfectly suited to my taste.

    —Karen Thurn on June 18, 2015
  • I love Two Paths Crossed. And I love the cover rainbow quilt–beautiful!

    —Susan on June 18, 2015
  • I love Two Paths Crossed. It has a "starry" look to it and star quilts are my favorites.

    —Allison Evrard on June 18, 2015
  • The "String of Pearls" design is my favorite of the four shown. Interesting book!

    —B J Kinney on June 18, 2015
  • they are all wonderful. but I really love "connect the dots"

    —Lori Smanski on June 18, 2015
  • Two Paths Crossed for me too! My eyes are just drawn to the pattern like magnets. :o)

    —Cheryl on June 18, 2015
  • I am totally entranced with String of Pearls.

    Leslie Sorenson on June 18, 2015
  • String of Pearls–I’m really curious about how variations in color placement could alter the look.

    —Amber on June 18, 2015
  • The ‘String of Pearls’ quilt pattern definitely speaks to me. Wouldn’t it be fantastic made up with a rich blue batik!

    —Adrienne Kischuk on June 18, 2015
  • String of pearls

    —Lynnette Lamance on June 18, 2015
  • Of those 4 I would choose Connect the Dots, although it looks like I could make a bunch of quilts from this book — they’re all gorgeous! And after seeing your house quilt, I’ve decided that I NEED one! So cute!

    —Lisa Marie on June 18, 2015
  • two paths crossed

    —stanleybeagle on June 18, 2015
  • String of Pearls is my favorite!

    Anita on June 18, 2015
  • Connect the dots! and any of my friends could have told you that – I always get the polka dots!

    —Judys on June 18, 2015
  • "String of Pearls" caught my eye. Love the blend of colors against the white background –so classic.

    —Kate on June 18, 2015
  • Connect the dots just looks so intricate – almost reminds me of a coverlet.

    —Nancy C on June 18, 2015
  • I like the Village Squared, but the The String of Pearls would also get a serious attempt.

    —Mary Jane Cardwell on June 18, 2015
  • String of pearls. The book looks great. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Anne D on June 18, 2015
  • I love the cover quilt, End of the Rainbow. I would make this one first, then An Irish Braid, then….. So many I want to make from this book. lol
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    —Linda S on June 18, 2015
  • Some more great ideas for bad weather and no gardening!

    —Mary Smith on June 18, 2015
  • Your Village Square quilt looks great. My favourite is Melissa’s cover quilt. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

    Christine M on June 18, 2015
  • I love the quilt The Village Square with the houses….I’ve got lots of fabric that would work just great for any of these quilts. This looks like a book I will surely have to buy.

    —Marilyn Strain on June 18, 2015
  • I Love "The Two Paths Crossed"! But I do like all the others also. The quilt with the houses is adorable. I would love to win the grand prize, all that fabric and the book and away I’d go to my sewing/quilting machine…

    —Jeanette S on June 18, 2015
  • I think I like String of Pearls the best, thanks for sharing the giveaway!

    —Nancy on June 18, 2015
  • I love Two Paths Crossed. So beautiful.

    —Alysa Lovell on June 18, 2015
  • Charm Bracelet is the one that caught my eye…done in red/black/white would be stunning. Thanx for the chance to win.

    —Sylvia on June 18, 2015
  • Of those four, I like Connect the Dots best. But I really like the North Star too!

    —Diane on June 18, 2015
  • I like String of Pearls! I love your house blocks and the finished quilt.

    —Cecilia on June 18, 2015
  • Oh my goodness, so hard to choose, but I think String of Pearls. The simplicity two colours lets the chaining show up all the more dramatically.

    —linda Schell on June 18, 2015
  • I like the String of Pearls. The pieces remind me of a string of hearts. Would be a cute baby quilt.

    —Janet T on June 18, 2015
  • I love the two-color graphic appeal of "String of Pearls". I also love that it would give me a lot of space to practice my free motion quilting. All the preview have shown this to be a great book!

    Vivian on June 18, 2015
  • I like them all but if I have to pick one, I pick String of Pearls. My absolute favorite pattern from the book is Village Squared. There is just something about those little houses that just calls to me.

    —Ilana on June 18, 2015
  • I love the graphic look of "Connect the Dots".

    —mary c on June 18, 2015
  • Lovely quilt block. I would really like to try these variations.

    —TINA on June 18, 2015
  • Two path Crossed is my favorite, but all are beautiful.

    —Betty on June 18, 2015
  • my favorite is the one on the cover…I just love it!

    Mary Grace Ronan on June 18, 2015
  • I love strings of pearls. That house irish chain is adorable!!!!

    Jessica on June 18, 2015
  • Two Paths Crossed appeals to me most.

    —Kay on June 18, 2015
  • "Connect the Dots" is a winner in my book, although admittedly I’d like to try the other three patterns also.

    —Sandy W. on June 18, 2015
  • I like string of pearls because I love the idea of a neutral background and pops of color.

    —Linda Gagliano on June 18, 2015
  • I’m intrigued by the String of Pearls version. Thanks for the new patterns

    —Charlie on June 18, 2015
  • I love the "Village Square" quilt.

    —Mary Jean Brophy on June 18, 2015
  • I like Connect the Dots the best from the four options. I really want to get a copy of the Irish Chain Quilts book! The photos & descriptions I’ve seen on this blog hop have been inspiring.

    —Kathleen Dalecio on June 18, 2015
  • Connect the Dots is my favorite. My eyes seem to be drawn to the dot in the center of each block.

    —Julie B on June 18, 2015
  • I really like the string of pearls. It talks to me.

    —Joyce on June 18, 2015
  • I love "Connect the Dots" but I’m not sure I would want to applique all those circles. I also love the quilt on the front cover of the book.

    Julie in GA on June 18, 2015
  • I would be up for the "String of Pearls" quilt. So many choices.

    —Rita on June 18, 2015
  • I am really liking the String of Pearls, although there are several of them I would like to make.

    —Judy on June 18, 2015
  • Two paths crossed

    —Regina on June 18, 2015
  • LOVE the look of "Connect the Dots"!

    —Marty on June 18, 2015
  • My favourite is String Of Pearls. I love the colour of the pearls moving through the quilt.

    —Linda Webster on June 18, 2015
  • Connect the dots is such a classic! I love the black on white with the intricate pattern. Just beautiful!

    —Trudy A on June 18, 2015
  • I like the Connect the Dots pattern. It reminds me of "happy" bubbles. Very cute in the colors shown.

    —Gail D. on June 18, 2015
  • I like Two Paths Crossed.

    —Jill Hicks on June 18, 2015
  • I like Connect the Dots

    —Bridget on June 18, 2015
  • Two Paths Crossed is my favorite and the name reminds me of how lucky I am to have met my wonderful husband of almost 32 years. It was one chance in a million!

    —Kathy E. on June 18, 2015
  • I like string of pearls, although I’m not sure I would want to applique all those little circles! Very pretty, though.

    —Marjory W on June 18, 2015
  • Love the elegance of string of pearls ….it’s just so right!
    But then the wonkiness of charm bracelet really appeals to me too…
    Very different approaches, but both lovely.

    —Sally on June 18, 2015
  • I love Irish Chain quilts. My favorite was the String of Pearls. It looks so elegant.

    —Bonnie Miller on June 18, 2015
  • Looooove Charm Bracelet! 🙂

    —Lori Morton on June 18, 2015
  • two paths crossed! But so very hard to choose. I think I’m going to have to make every quilt in the book!

    Kelsie F on June 18, 2015
  • Two Paths Crossed is my favorite. I haven’t made an Irish Chain quilt yet but I plan to soon. It looks like something I could handle, thank you for the chance to win a book full of different styles of them.
    Jeri

    —Jeri Niksich on June 18, 2015
  • They are all so awesome. Melissa took a classic quilt block and gave it a modern flair. The "Village Square" quilt, Connect the Dots, Two Paths Crossed, the cover quilt, I like them all.

    —Mary D on June 18, 2015
  • I love the book & would have to make "Two Paths Crossed" first. It would the first of many from this book. Thanks for this chance to win.

    —Allison Eland on June 18, 2015
  • They are all beautiful, but I particularly like String of Pearls.

    —Nancy on June 18, 2015
  • I liked the Connect the dots quilt best – it made me feel joyful

    —mani reyes-diaz on June 18, 2015
  • I thought I could pass on this book, until I saw that "NorthStar" quilt. I love it!

    Ila in SoDak on June 18, 2015
  • Pick up sticks. All are inspiring.

    —Rivka Hamdani on June 18, 2015
  • I like the "String of Pearls" The cover quilt is also beautiful with it’s rainbow colors.

    —Barb on June 18, 2015
  • Charm bracelet for color and fun but Connect the Dots for the visual wow factor and the secondary pattern!!!!! Lovely quilts all though.. if only there was more time…..LOL!

    —Tonie Peterson on June 18, 2015
  • Like the look of string of pearls

    —Marguerite Namdar on June 18, 2015
  • ‘Connect the Dots’ really appeals to me. — I would like to make it with a black background, and red.

    Jean

    —Jean on June 18, 2015
  • The oh so colorful charm bracelet really pops for me!

    —Tracey on June 18, 2015
  • Love the "Two Paths Crossed" quilt!

    —Vicki Sprain on June 18, 2015
  • I would love to make Connect the Dots. It is such a happy looking quilt! Also, the Village Square appeals to me.

    —Cher Merriman on June 18, 2015
  • I would choose "Two Paths Crossed" first, then "Connect the Dots". I’m pretty traditional, and I love stars!
    Melissa is just amazing and a good friend. I can’t wait for the book.
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    Rachell R on June 18, 2015
  • I like the Connect the Dots but they are all lovely.

    —Chris on June 18, 2015
  • I’m torn between Two Paths Crossed and String of Pearls! Would love to make both! I always have trouble choosing between two! In the end, I’d say String of Pearls!

    —Colleen G on June 18, 2015
  • Love all the quilts and have enjoyed the hop. Two Paths Crossed so pretty and I’d love to make it.

    Awesome giveaway!

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    —usairdoll on June 18, 2015
  • String of Pearls is my favourite – it looks awesome.

    —Karen on June 18, 2015
  • How exciting! I would love to make “Two Paths Crossed,”. Many amazing quilt patterns to choose from, thanks for sharing with a giveaway,

    —Alesha Klein on June 19, 2015
  • I love the chain of pearls! I’ve been following the blog hop, and have been re-inspired by all the irish chain variations! who knew?! I think I hear the rainbow irish chain calling me…

    jennifer on June 19, 2015
  • I love the Two Paths Crossed quilt. The star shape in the centre changes it so much from a simple Irish Chain. I love the book.

    Lynn on June 19, 2015
  • They are all beautiful, but I’m most intrigued by Daisy Chain and Crossed Path is a close second.

    —Liz Horgan on June 19, 2015
  • I LOVE the summer colors and the happy "Irish: designs. Makes me want to make one two (too!) Never have made an Irish chain quilt. But the Charm Bracelet is so modern–I did not think of this layout! And String of Pearls could be a new classic. Tow Paths Crossed–great use of two color design. On and On! Way to challenge us "quiltfriend"

    —Adeline on June 19, 2015
  • I like the images for "String of Pearls" the best, but I would enjoy trying any of them.

    —Karen on June 19, 2015
  • I really like the Charm Bracelet Quilt. Thank you for an opportunity to win the book.

    —Barbara on June 19, 2015
  • String of pearls is so striking. I definitely have to make it.

    —Rita Long on June 19, 2015
  • String of Pearls is fun! Tough choice to make.

    —Carol on June 19, 2015
  • All the quilts are lovely but Two Paths Crossed really stands out for me.
    Bravo to Melissa for a great new book!

    —RobinRiley on June 19, 2015
  • I love connect the dotd

    —Margaret Schindler on June 19, 2015
  • I love them all, but if I were to pick my favorite one, I would choose "String of Pearls." It looks so delicate with all of the circles cascading on it. Thank you for including me in the giveaway!

    —Valerie L. on June 19, 2015
  • I really like "Connect the Dots"! Life is not always black and white but it certainly works on this quilt. Irish Chains seem somewhat complicated to me but this book really seems to make these quilts fun and easier to complete.

    —Dianne Finnegan on June 19, 2015
  • I love all the designs from her book & would love to win a copy! Of the four you showed, my favorite is string of pearls.

    —Cathy Wilson on June 19, 2015
  • Hard to choose, but I think I would have to make "String of Pearls" first.

    Thank you for the chance to win!

    —Barbara Spurr on June 19, 2015
  • String of Pearls looks very interesting.

    —Rosalie on June 19, 2015
  • I love two paths crossed it makes an awesome chain variation. I love the idea of the bitty houses turned into a chain as well. I recently made a double irish chain in green and white for my sister in law for her birthday. I love the irish chain patterns

    —Joellyn Partyka on June 19, 2015
  • Love all the quilts. NEED the book. House block is so cute!

    —julie anderson on June 19, 2015
  • Two paths crossed

    —Kathy Gant on June 19, 2015
  • I love them all. I want to try them all.

    —Dar on June 19, 2015
  • I have never done an Irish Chain Quilt before, but this might tempt me to do one. It looks lovely. Would be very pretty in Batiks, don’t you think so???

    —Barb on June 19, 2015
  • I love the string of pearls!

    —Bonnie on June 19, 2015
  • I love all Irish Chain quilts but String of Pearls really speaks to me.

    —Marilyn Logan on June 19, 2015
  • Love the hop. So many great looks

    —Nancy Magee on June 19, 2015
  • i love the string of pearls quilt. so simple, yet so beautiful!. thanks for the chance to win!

    —chrissie w on June 19, 2015
  • All the quilts are striking but I guess I’d select connect the dots as the design I would like to try. Thanks!

    —Joye on June 19, 2015
  • Love the String of Pearls! I’m picturing it made with a batik, for a little color variation. Could be interesting.

    —Marilyn Goehl on June 19, 2015
  • Love the connect the dots. I would want to make this exact quilt.

    —Allison C on June 19, 2015
  • love the two paths crossed thank you

    —rachelle on June 19, 2015
  • String of pearls…love it!

    —Paula P on June 19, 2015
  • This book is fantastic. Connect the Dots is speaking to me!

    —Donna W on June 19, 2015
  • Two Paths Crossed is my favorite, but they’re all good designs.

    —Donna on June 19, 2015
  • love them all – so beautiful! Two Paths Crossed might be favorite if forced to choose.

    —Kath S on June 19, 2015
  • There are so many lovely quilts, I want to make a number of them. But I would start with "Two Paths Crossed", it’s especially nice.

    —Glenna D. on June 19, 2015
  • I like the string of pearls!

    —Bea K on June 19, 2015
  • I love the little houses, so adorable! Of the four mentioned I really like Two Paths Crossed, that has real character.

    Lynn Whinery on June 19, 2015
  • I would pick the Two Paths Crossed quilt as the one that speaks to me most. I hope to eventually try more than one.

    —Susan G on June 19, 2015
  • two crossed paths.

    —rachel on June 19, 2015
  • Two Paths Crossed

    —Brenda on June 19, 2015
  • Irish Chain is my favorite look in quilting. Love to see all the variations

    —Cheryl on June 19, 2015
  • I love the String of Pearls and know just the colors I would make it in!!

    —Kathy Whetstine on June 19, 2015
  • I like connect the dots pattern the best.

    —Jamie on June 19, 2015
  • String of pearls is my favorite!

    —Mary on June 19, 2015
  • I like the string of pearls best. Why couldn’t I have thought of that on my own!

    —Madeline on June 19, 2015
  • I’d luv to make the "String of Pearls". So cool!

    —Joan Pinto on June 19, 2015
  • Oh, how I love the String of Pearls quilt! I can imagine this quilt in happy, bright colors, black and white, rainbow colors, or even muted civil war reproduction fabrics.

    —Barbara Snyder on June 19, 2015
  • I love Irish Square quilts but the Village Square really opened up some new possible variations of a chain!

    —Marilyn Zearbaugh on June 19, 2015
  • Love dots and circles so I gravitated to String of Pearls. Loved all her unique ideas for the Irish Chain. So clever and lucky for us, she shared her ideas in this book.

    —Amy on June 19, 2015
  • I like the Charm Bracelet. In Purple.

    —Margaret on June 19, 2015
  • I am really interested with the quilt on the Irish Chain Quilts book, but I must say that the string of pearls is classy.

    —Suzanne Harvey on June 19, 2015
  • When I saw "Two Paths Crossed" I immediately fell in love! "Connect the Dots" is a very close second. I’ll have to buy this book, if I don’t win it! Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Patricia Johnston on June 19, 2015
  • The one on the cover and the one based on the North Star block! And of course there’s at least 1/2 dozen more!

    —Susan on June 19, 2015
  • I like charm braclets

    —Bridget on June 19, 2015
  • I like the wonky look of charm bracelet and I’m sure one of my granddaughter’s would love their Nana to make it for them!

    —terry hawkins on June 19, 2015
  • String of pearls for its delicate look and connect the dots for a geek techie

    —Susan Scott on June 19, 2015
  • String of Pearls is my favorite.
    B. Pryga on 6/19/2015

    —Barbara Pryga on June 19, 2015
  • Connect the Dots appealed most to me! thks

    —Pam Reim on June 19, 2015
  • I would love to quilt the quilt on the book in batiks on an ivory background for a silent auction coming up in October for charity. A great way to share the quilt with others who don’t quilt. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    —Cindy B. on June 19, 2015
  • I love the "Connect the Dots" quilt…it is fantastic!

    —Melanie C on June 19, 2015
  • Love the connect the dots! It’s so bright and cheerful!

    —Paula on June 20, 2015
  • i love the string of pearls. it looks so bright & fresh. i like connect the dots but it makes my eyes goggly!

    —Suzanne Keal on June 20, 2015
  • Two Paths Crossed definitely has caught my attention.

    —Ellee on June 20, 2015
  • "Two Paths Crossed" is my favorite with "Connect the Dots" a close second. I immediately placed this book on my wish list when I first saw it. I’m a fairly new quilter & learning that modern designs speak to me; "Two Paths Crossed" definitely speaks to me!

    —Gail Kelly on June 20, 2015
  • Connect the dots is my favorite. The white background quilts are always my passion!

    —Lisa on June 20, 2015
  • Charm Bracelet and String of Pearls basically have the same colors, but String of Pearls is softer on the eyes. Therefore I pick String of Pearls. I would be curious to see the four patterns in different colors. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Virginia Bronner on June 20, 2015
  • connect the dots is my favorite. I have this thing for circles lately so that is the one that looks the most fun to make.

    —Jeanne on June 20, 2015
  • 2 paths crossed and string of pearls

    Trena on June 20, 2015
  • I love the String of Pearls quilt! Thank you for the giveaway.

    Judy on June 20, 2015
  • I love String of Pearls for the subtle interplay of values.

    betty nelson on June 20, 2015
  • Two paths crossed

    Nancy M on June 20, 2015
  • Two paths crossed is my absolute pick of the 4 shown. But how clever is the village square that really caught my eye(s)

    —Carolyn Robertson on June 20, 2015
  • Thank you for the giveaway. My favorite is the pattern Two Paths Crossed.

    —Judy S. on June 21, 2015
  • I really like the "String of Pearls" interpretation of irish Chain. Perhaps it is the black and white contrast, but more than that is it reminds me of gears and I think would be a wonderful quilt for a guy

    —Veronica on June 21, 2015
  • Charm Bracelet is may favorite. I never would have thought it to be an Irish Chain type quilt. Lovely design.

    —Diana O. on June 21, 2015
  • I’m leaning toward Two Paths Crossed and The North Star, but String of Pearls is nice too. Hmmm….I really like chain quilt patterns and would love to have the time to make them all!

    —Barbara K on June 21, 2015
  • I also love Charm Bracelet.

    —Nancy Lanier on June 21, 2015
  • They all look great but Two Paths Crossed is my favorite.

    Carmen N on June 22, 2015
  • I really love Connect the Dots, but Charm Bracelet looks like the most fun to make!

    —Tiffany on June 23, 2015
  • I love them all, but I think I love “Connect the Dots" the most. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Kristine R. on June 23, 2015
  • I’m kind of torn — I love String of Pearls — but Charm Bracelet is a close second. Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity.

    —Janet Spaid on June 23, 2015
  • Charm Bracelet is neat. Thanks

    —nancy in IN on June 23, 2015
  • I definitely want to make "Two Paths Crossed" quilt.

    —Lori S on June 25, 2015

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