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Thread: I have a problem - Triple Irish chain

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    Junior Member alderdweller's Avatar
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    I have a problem - Triple Irish chain

    I have went over and over this and can't figure out what I am doing wrong. I am to the point that I believe the pattern is either wrong, or intentionally "different" than other IC's I've seen.

    The pattern is found here http://www.mccallsquilting.com/patte....html?idx=8480

    I worked in scrappy, reds, blues, blacks with white for my background fabric. It may be difficult to distinguish because of that.
    Anyway, here is my first block.




    And this is where I started putting the blocks together. See how the background (white) doesn't come out evenly? The white blocks are doubled on one end as are all the joining blocks. I absolutely do not see a way to not have that happen using this pattern. I know sometimes another set of eyes helps. Perhaps you see something I am doing wrong?


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    There just isn't any other way for that particular design to work out. It's the pattern, not you. That's not a traditional Irish Chain pattern since it combines the two blocks into one.

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    SQ is right. And you followed the pattern correctly.


    I think maybe a sashing strip can fix it.

    Hang on...................

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    Thank you! I was beginning to think I couldn't follow a pattern!

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    Well I think it looks great and you should keep going with it. The effect is going to be beautiful!

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    You are doing fine. To "fix", put a sashing strip with 4 blocks (2 on each end) and white, as you will have the same problem as rows go together. Just take your time. It can be frustrating, but right now it looks great! The only other solution is to take a row off one side of each block. Since you are using three colors, your number of edge blocks needs to be divisible by three.
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    Yep, it needs the sashing.
    I outlined the blocks so you can see how the sashing strips were constructed.
    You'd need an ouside sashing border as well to complete the Irish Chain effect.
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    Sometimes I just hate EQ -

    Assuming you're using 2" patches:


    This is the sashing strip - 11 patches, obviously ONLY 2" patch across.
    In your case the top and bottom two patches will be your RWB scraps.
    Then a 7 unit size (or 14") piece of the white in between.
    The cornerstones will also be a scrap.
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    Ok, I folded one row out and I *think* this is the way the traditional IC would be? However, it's going to be confusing for me to figure out how to put it together, and after seeing it....not sure I don't like the non-traditional better. Hmmmm


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    The problem is that this McCall's block was made to be just a block (as for a pillow, maybe), rather than a whole quilt. What you need to do, is take away one column/row, from some of the blocks, in order to eliminate the extra columns and rows.

    Here's a better explanation, of how it's supposed to look - http://www.generations-quilt-pattern...t-pattern.html Scroll down, to the Triple Irish Chain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    The problem is that this McCall's block was made to be just a block (as for a pillow, maybe), rather than a whole quilt. What you need to do, is take away one column/row, from some of the blocks, in order to eliminate the extra columns and rows.

    Here's a better explanation, of how it's supposed to look - http://www.generations-quilt-pattern...t-pattern.html Scroll down, to the Triple Irish Chain.

    That seems to be the case after I folded out the block as above. Sheesh, I think you are right, it wasn't meant to be made into a whole quilt.

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