Irish Eyes, Smiles, Chains, and Shamrocks to You!

Irish Eyes, Smiles, Chains, and Shamrocks to You!

Kermit Says "The Luck 'O the Irish to You!" and offers to share my free St. Paddy's Day quilt or quilt block patterns with you! Shown is a simple string quilt, pieced in a diagonal pattern with "Kiss Me I'm Irish" (Kermit, not me) and other fun shamrock fabrics. Remember, that any quilt block or pattern can be used for this holiday by the simple use of color and fabric patterns!

Kermit's Irish green eyes are smiling on the string quilt done in greens and irish fabrics, hope yours are too!  My Irish String quilt, above, went to a friend of 40+ years who is fully Irish and her daughter and her family who share the love of hearth, home, and family together. It was my second quilt using my free pieced strings in greens, black and white..I loved it that much and so did they!

                String Quilting

Hope you'll love some of my free patterns!  Enjoy..we all feel Irish, today, and I feel badly that I do feel such a strong connection to the Irish spirit...when I'm half French and half Finnish!

But today, we can all love the wearing and making of the green! Sew all ways! My quilt above was made with 100% free/recycled/reused/remade Irish fabrics!

Off to the shamrock races!....

So cute this 4 little pieced hearts make a four leaf clover, one big clover per block, easy download makes this one a keeper!

Shamrock Quilt Block Pattern

Shamrock Wall Hanging

Vintage Shamrock Quilt Block Pattern...Kansas City Star 1932

Here are a few vintage quilt patterns with an Irish theme to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Q if for Quilt by Martha: Vintage Shamrock Quilt Patterns

shamrock quilt mock up shamrock quilt above: 5: paper pieced shamrocks make up quilt

Quilting Assistant : Free Pattern : Shamrock Block

shamrock quilt block to applique

Shown above: Shamrock Quilt Block from
Shamrock Quilt Block

Aunt Mary's Double Irish Chain Quilt Block Make an eight inch paper pieced block.

Broken Irish Chain a 10" pieced quilt block pattern from Quilter's Cache.

Celtic Sunrise - a 12" paper pieced quilt block pattern from Quilter's Cache

Single Irish Chain Baby Quilt

Double Irish Chain - a 12" pieced quilt block pattern from SewQuilty.

Double Irish Chain Quilt classic block for a pillow, or lots for a quilt.

Four Leaf Clover - 10" applique quilt block pattern from CompuQuilt.

Happy St. Patrick’s Surprise » the free quilt pattern's pdf file...lovely pieced hearts create a shamrock! Green for the Catholics, Orange for the Protestants, and White for the hope for peace between them.

Celtic Interlocking Squares Quilt Block:

Irish Chain - from Sharon Hultgren of EZ Quilt

Irish Chain - an 18" pieced quilt block pattern from Quilter's Cache.

Irish Chain Quilt - a 54" x 66" pieced quilt pattern from EZQuilting

Irish Eyes - a 12" pieced quilt block pattern from AZPatch.

Sun Bonnet she's Irish, today, anyway! Make a block in green or make an entire quilt!

Irish Grandma Sue Boy Block from

Latticed Irish Chain Block a 28" block from Quilter's Cache

Scrappy Pieced Shamrock Block...turn several shamrocks into a darling quilt!

Scrappy Irish Chain Quilt - a 68-3/4" x 84-1/2" pieced quilt pattern from McCall's Quilting.


Single Irish Chain Quilt for Baby - alt/ 4 1/2" fussy cut w. Irish Chain from

St. Patrick's Day Quilt from Kim's Big Adventure


Traditional Irish Chain Quilt lovely traditional Irish chain Quilt pattern.

Trip To Ireland Quilt - a pieced quilt pattern from Simply Quilts.

Triple Irish (chain) Flower quilt pattern from Moda

Fancy Folded Star - by Maria of Not Only Quilts

Words to applique:" Kiss Me I'm Irish

**Yellow Clover  ( vintage directions, below ) a block design first published by Nancy Cabot for the Chicago Tribune. According to Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, Yellow Clover is one of hundreds of Cabot patterns sold by mail order during the 1930s. It is no longer available online, and the hyperlinks for photos have all been pulled off the website. But here are the directions that I still have:

Yellow Clover:
BLOCK SIZE: 10 1/2" square
  • Dark print at least 5" x 10"
  • Medium print at least 10" square
  • Light print at least 16" square or one fat quarter
Dimensions include a 1/4" seam allowance
  • Cut 2: 5" squares, dark print
  • Cut 3: 5" squares, medium print
  • Cut 5: 5" squares, light print
  • Cut 4: 3 3/8" squares, light print, then cut them in quarters diagonally to yield 16 side triangles
  • Cut 7: 2" squares, light, then cut 2 of them in half diagonally to yield 4 corner triangles
  • Draw diagonal lines from corner to corner on the wrong side of each 5" light print square. Draw horizontal and vertical lines through the centers.
  • Place a marked square on a 5" dark print square, right sides together. Sew 1/4" away from the diagonal lines on both sides. Make 2 using the dark squares and 3 using the medium ones.

  • Cut the squares on the drawn lines to yield 16 dark pieced squares and 24 medium pieced squares. Press the seam allowances open. Trim each pieced square to 2".
  • Sew a 2" light print square to a dark pieced square to make a rectangle unit. Make 4. Press the seam allowances open.

  • Lay out the square units, rectangle units, and the remaining 2" light print square. Sew them into rows and join the rows to complete the block center. Press the seam allowances in the direction indicated by the arrows. Set it aside.

  • Lay out 3 medium pieced squares and 2 side triangles. Join them to make a pieced strip, as shown. Make 4. Press the seam allowances open.

  • Lay out one medium pieced square and 2 side triangles. Join them to make a pieced strip. Make 4. Press the seam allowances open.

  • Sew a corner triangles to a pieced strip to make a corner unit, as shown. Make 4. Press the seam allowances toward the corner triangles.

  • Sew a corner unit to a pieced strip to make a large triangle. Make 4. Press the seam allowances toward the corner.

  • Sew 2 large triangles to opposite sides of the block center. Press the seam allowances toward the corners. Sew the remaining large triangles to the remaining sides and press to complete the block.

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