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    I am getting ready to make an Irish Chain and have noticed in several patterns the block sizes differ. Suggestions on what you size you have used 2 1/2 or 3 1/2 inch strips?? The EB book suggests the larger.

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    I used 2 1/2" strips for mine. I think it's a personal preference.

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    The larger would go quicker if you were making a big quilt. I think I used 2 1/2 for mine which you can see here:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-128502-1.htm

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    I think I used 21/2 strips

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    I think I used the 2 1/2 inch strips too....it was years ago.

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    I'm having fun doing a scrappy one using 2" blocks.

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    Just like any pattern, it really depends on what you like to work with, and the look you'd like with the end results.

    IMHO the smaller squares look so much more delicate, and intricate and show your work beautifully, and yes, more tedious. Whereas .... the larger are more clunky, work up quicker and because of their size don't seem as intimidating or are as difficult to work with.

    You can even use smaller squares than the ones you mentioned. I've seen many that start with 1-1/2", so it's really up to you and what you want to do, as you can use any pattern, just change the size .... and of course, the fabric requirements will be affected.

    Good Luck!!

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    i used 1 1/2" for my kids quilt- it depends on your preference, how big you want the quilt to be, what you want to work with.

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    Find a photo you like and then decide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoriEl
    The larger would go quicker if you were making a big quilt. I think I used 2 1/2 for mine which you can see here:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-128502-1.htm
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    I recently made a triple Irish chain for a customer and I cut my strips 2 1/2 inches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNEC
    Quote Originally Posted by LoriEl
    The larger would go quicker if you were making a big quilt. I think I used 2 1/2 for mine which you can see here:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-128502-1.htm
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    Smaller strips, especially for smaller quilts.
    For full size or larger the 3 1/2" may work well too JMHO :D:D:D

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    I made the triple irish chain by E.Burns twice and used 2 1/2 inch squres . I like having the blocks fit the top of the bed with a border. The 3 1/2" blocks would have been too big for the top. Here is mine
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-50784-1.htm

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    I'm doing a Triple and i used 2 1/2 inch strips and honestly the ending blocks are huge (14 inch if I remember correctly). I can't imagine it at 3 1/2 inch strips.

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    I am also taking a class this coming weekend for the irish chain, the instructions I got were for the 2 1/2" strips. In checking, most patterns I've found were for the 2 1/2" but I would think it would be your preferance

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    I made mine with 2 1/2 inch strips (made 2 of them....just alike...twin size)...I'm still trying to figure out how to upload photos & send them, so sorry I can't include photo (lol)

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    Hi Bonnie,

    Visually I think the 2.5 inch squares will give you the most pop. The attached quilt is one of my UFO's-it only needs binding. It will go to my first grandchild, hence I am calling it my 'bait' quilt!! Take care and enjoy your quilt, Irish Chain is a lot of fun. Bonnie
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    I have only seen 2.5" strips or smaller being used, but your quilt, your call.

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    I used 2 1/2".

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    I can't find pictures right now but I did Ele's, single Irish, double and Triple and all of my patterns call for 2 1/2". I do alot of her quilts and love the fact that I never have to worry about numbers for the most part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMP
    I am getting ready to make an Irish Chain and have noticed in several patterns the block sizes differ. Suggestions on what you size you have used 2 1/2 or 3 1/2 inch strips?? The EB book suggests the larger.
    Full quilt - 3.5, baby quilt 2.5.

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    I made a triple irish chain for one of my family reunion quilts - red, white and blue, and I'm pretty sure I used the 2 1/2" strips, they come out a nice size that way.

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    For my personal preference I would use the smaller strips. I like to see more chains, rather than fewer.

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    Ellen Hopkins (author and quiltmaker) says you 'go uptown a lot quicker' with smaller squares, but if you need a quilt done in a hurry, use larger squares. i've used 1 1/2 inch and they look great. I use 1 1/2 inch for log cabin, too..

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