irish chain quilt block by Color girl Quilts with tutorial
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How Sew Irish Chain Blocks: Video Tutorial

Two color quilts (specifically black and white) are better than I expected! I thought it was going to be more challenging for me to avoid using ANY color but black and white in a WHOLE quilt. I suppose that my love of pattern and the amazing variety of super cool B & W fabrics made up for the lack of color.

I’ve seen a few projects come up for the Color Girl Challenge 2019 (#colorgirlchallenge2019 if you’re on Instagram or FB). What do you think? could you make a quilt with only two colors?

irish chain quilt block by Color girl Quilts with tutorial

Sadly, I had planned on having my top done by end of June. While I have been working on it, I underestimated how much time it would take to make a design with so many small pieces. Also, there’s always something else…like the quilt I’m making with my friend Sharon Holland’s new fabric. I can’t wait to show you that one in July!

Irish Chain quilt tutorial video by Color Girl Quilts on YouTube

Let’s talk about the Irish Chain block I’m using for my design. If you have been reading here long, you know that I tend toward traditional quilt blocks and techniques. The fun is in taking these classics and making them fresh for contemporary quilters.

If you want to sew along with me, I have posted a new video on Color Girl YouTube showing you exactly how to make these dynamic blocks. I am hoping this will be the start of a series on traditional quilt blocks reimagined for today’s quilter. Do you have a favorite block we should make together?

<<click here to watch video>>

irish chain quilt block by Color girl Quilts with tutorial

So, while my quilt is not finished, I am still aiming to get it all the way done in time to submit to the Curated Quilts call for black and white quilts in August. So, “just keep swimming” (I mean “sewing!”).

You can read more about the process of this quilt and using black and white fabrics (or any limited palette) and getting effective value and contrast <<click here>>

Join me in sewing a two-color quilt this summer! <<click here>> for challenge details.

As always, if you are in need of a boost in your stash of black and white fabrics (or lots of others!), I can help you out with that (-: <<shop Color Girl Quilts>>

Happy Sewing,

Sharon McConnell, Color Girl Quilts




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4 thoughts on “How Sew Irish Chain Blocks: Video Tutorial

  1. Elizabeth E. says:

    I, too, love traditional blocks, but also love the way the moderns have streamlined them, and given them fresh life with fresh colors. I’ve got a black and cream quilt in the works (in a traditional block, too), so seeing yours gives me encouragement! Thanks!

  2. Danice G says:

    I also love black and white quilts. ‘Made one once but it has some pops of color.

  3. I love the bold graphic appeal of your B + W quilt in progress. It will photograph well for submission to Curated Quilts. As you said, just keep sewing….

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