This block is fun to combine with plain 10-1/2″ squares or something a little more special to make this very classic quilt. Use up your 2-1/2″ scraps and combine efforts with your guild or friends for a scrappy look!
This tutorial gives you instructions for a 10″ finished block (10-1/2″ unfinished).
It’s really important to use a scant 1/4″ seam allowance so your block ends up to be 10-1/2″ square. This is especially the case if you are working on a collaborative / bee quilt! Your bee mates will be thankful that the blocks across the group measure the same. What is a scant 1/4″ seam allowance? Check out what you need to know here.

Fabric / Cutting

Feature fabrics (“Chain” fabrics)
  • (9) 2½” squares
Background fabric
  • (4) 6½” x 2½” rectangles
    (4) 2½” squares
  1. Lay five (5) feature squares with four (4) background squares in a checkerboard pattern, as shown.
  2. Using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance, sew a nine-patch square. Press the seams toward the feature fabric. This completed nine-patch should measure 6-1/2″ square.
Scrappy Irish Chain - 3rd Story Workshop
  1. Sew a 6½” x 2½” rectangle to either side of the nine-patch. Press the seams toward the background.
  2. Sew two (2) feature squares to either end of one of the remaining rectangles. Press toward the background. Repeat with the remaining two squares and rectangles.
  3. Add these strips to the top and bottom of the nine-patch assembly. Press the seams toward the background.
Scrappy Irish Chain - 3rd Story Workshop
If you’d like to make multiple blocks at a time with 2½” strips, check out page 2 of Remix Chain Pattern – Moda.
Alternate these blocks with another 10″ block, such as this Sawtooth Star to make a Starry Irish Chain!
Scrappy Irish Chain - Sawtooth Star - 3rd Story Workshop