The Making of a Modern Irish Chain Quilt

When I envision some of my most favorite interior design images, the Irish Chain Quilt is something that frequently comes to mind. Scrolling through my Pinterest feed I’m bound to stumble upon images of an Irish Chain Quilt lovingly stacked at the foot of a bed, hung on a wall, or draped on the back of a chair or sofa. The Irish Chain Quilt is steeped in tradition dating back to the early 1800’s . Yet, this traditional quilt can be transformed to fit a traditional or modern aesthetic. When I thought about a new quilt for Elle’s bed who turned eleven in July. I wanted something that had a traditional feel, yet would still feel modern to fit a tween girls bedroom. What I came up with was the Irish Chain Quilt paired with a modern fabric collection from Ruby Star Society. I used Ruby Star Society’s Crescent collection which intermingles vibrant and dark colors with prints that range from flowers to crescent moons, and silhouettes of horses, rabbits, and owls.

Another bonus of the Irish Chain Quilt is how easy it is to construct. With strip piecing you can make a large beautiful quilt quickly and easily.

Irish Chain Quilt Pattern Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Ruby Star Society Crescent Collection

Strip Piecing quick and easy.

Colorful blocks or orange, pink, and blue along with the moody blacks, and dark plums create a modern aesthetic to this traditional quilt. For the back of the quilt I decided on another Ruby Star Society basic from their Speckled collection in Metallic Soft. Bathed in a blue grey the back of this quilt let’s the front shine accentuating the pops of pink, orange, blue, and plum, and black.

Making Elle’s Bed

Instead of stacking Elle’s quilt at the end of her bed, I typically lay the quilt flat and stack her duvet at the bottom of her bed. I also like to fold the quilt over a bit at the top giving a peek a boo of the back of the quilt. I bought her a new set of swiss dot sheets from Crate and Barrel, and made an additional pillow case from another Ruby Star basic Zip! Stripe in Pale Peach.

I loved how easily this Irish Chain Quilt came together, the perfect quilt for new or experienced quilters alike. Paired with a modern fabric my vision came to life. Elle now has a traditional quilt that lends itself to modern aesthetic making her tween bedroom feel cozy and chic. As always thank you for reading and letting me share my love of tradition, color, and a modern aesthetic.



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