Paddy's Chain
 

Cutting

Remove all selvages before cutting! 

Background Fabric

  • Cut seventeen 2 ½” strips
  • Cut seven 6 ½” strips
  • Cut two of the 6 ½” strips in half to equal four 6 ½” x 20” strips
  • Sub-cut five of the 6 ½” strips into fifteen 6 ½” x 10 ½” strips

Jelly Roll

  • Sort out the strips that are too similar to the background because you will want high contrast between the background and the jelly strips – set these strips aside for another project (More for the stash!)
  • Cut eight of the jelly roll strips in half to equal sixteen 2 ½” x 20” strips – set the duplicate strips aside for another project (Wahoo! Even more for the stash!)

Border One

  • Cut eight 1 ½” strips x WOF

Border Two

  • Cut eight strips 5 ½” strips x WOF or Cut eight strips the width of the fussy cut

Sewing

Construct the Chain Block

  • Using the Jelly Roll Strips and Background Strips measuring 2 ½” x 40”, sew five strips together as shown. Make two strip sets. The set should measure 10 ½” wide. Press seams toward the darker strip.

 

  • Sub-cut this strip set into 2 ½” strips

 

  • Sew five strips together as shown. Make three strip sets. The set should measure 10 ½” wide. Press seams toward the darker strip. 

 

  • Sub-cut this strip set into 2 ½” strips

 

 

 

  • Combine strips A and B to complete fifteen Chain Blocks.

 

Construct the Alternate Block

  • Using the Jelly Roll Strips measuring 2 ½” x 20” and the Background Strips measuring 6 ½” x 20”, sew three strips together as shown. Make four strip sets. The set should measure 10 ½” wide. Press seams toward the darker strip.

 

  • Sub-cut this strip set into 2 ½” strips

 

 

 

 

  • Combine Alternate Block Strip A pieces with Background pieces measuring 6 ½” x 10 ½” to complete fifteen alternate blocks

Quilt Assembly

  • Arrange the blocks as diagrammed and sew together.

Borders

  • Join two border pieces together to equal 1 ½” x 80”
  • Do this with all of the border pieces for both border fabrics
  • Sew Border Fabric One strip to Border Fabric Two with a lengthwise seam
  • Make a 1/4" mark at each corner of the quilt top on the back side of the quilt. Use a lead pencil or vanishing marking pen to make this small dot.

 

 

 

  • Center and pin border strips in place. Start and end seams at the 1/4" mark from raw edges. Press seams toward quilt top.

 

 

 

  • Work with one corner at a time, making sure it is very smooth and flat on the pressing surface. Fold one of the border tails under itself at a 45 degree angle. Verify the angle’s accuracy with a ruler and the edges of the extra fabric of both border pieces matching.

 

 

  • Press the folded mitered corner—press, do not iron.
  • Carefully fold the quilt top and border down to make a 45 degree angle. Match the tails of the border strips. Pin on the pressed, fold line, which will be the sewing line. If you cannot see the fold line very well, mark it with the white Nonce pencil or a lead pencil. Be careful--this is on the bias and the fabric tends to stretch. Place several pins on the stitching line to secure the layers.
  • Stitch a very straight line on the pressed fold line. The stitching should stop almost at the previously stitched lines, but not quite touch them. The last stitch should be 1/2 - 1 stitch away.
  • Unfold the quilt top and mitered corners and place right side up on the pressing surface. Check all corners to be sure they lie flat.
  • Trim away the excess fabric, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. Press.
  • Bind and quilt as desired