Check out Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry!

I’m super excited to be a part of Melissa Corry’s blog hop for her fabulous new book, Irish Chain Quilts. Melissa is known over on her blog as Happy Quilting Melissa and I can’t think of a better pseudonym for such a truly fabulous gal!

B1297_Final_FB_Cover.inddImage Courtesy of Martingale Publishing, Fabulous Photographer Brent Kane

About Melissa Corry

I first got to know Melissa when my shop used to sponsor her blog and we immediately hit it off! I mean how could you not adore someone with such a friendly, bubbly personality that loves to help others and share her loving of quilting with as many people as possible? She’s truly someone I look up to as a positive example in the quilting industry, and I’m so glad to call her a friend. I’ve shared about her and some of her other quilts on my blog previously, too!

Christa Watson and Melissa CorryMelissa and I met in person for the first time on her way to quilt market in 2013. She flew out of Las Vegas that time which was awesome for me! We had lunch and chatted non-stop the whole time!

Ok, enough gushing and on to the book!!

The Book

Irish Chain Quilts includes 15 fabulous quilts all based on the classic Irish Chain block design. You know – that’s the design that forms an X in each block which creates a very striking chain effect when all blocks are placed side-by-side. Melissa created such stunning original designs and asked several of us to re-create a block inspired by one of the quilts in the book.

This is the design I chose to work with – Daisy Chain. I’m a sucker for applique with fun big pieces that I can easily stitch down by machine! I also love the photography in this book. Hanging all of the quilts on a clothesline with clothespins is sooo Melissa! 🙂

01-80_B1297_Finals.inddImage Courtesy of Martingale Publishing, Fabulous Photographer Brent Kane

My Take

Here’s my and funky colorful interpretation of Melissa’s block. I’m a sucker for orange, earthy tones!


This block was super easy to make and very easy to resize. The book calls for larger blocks, but each of the blog hoppers is remaking a block in a smaller size that will be joined together to create a super fun and scrappy quilt from all of the blocks!

At the end of the hop, Melissa will share the big reveal of the quilt she’s assembled from all of the various blocks from the book. And, true to her generous nature, she will then be donating that quilt to charity. I can’t wait to see it!


Along with the Charity Quilt reveal, Melissa is hosting two grand prize giveaways where you can win one a copy of the book, a mini quilt made by Melissa, and a treasure trove of fabrics!

Grand Prizes

To enter the grand-prize giveaway, be sure to hop on over the intro post on Melissa’s blog and leave a comment!

Where to Buy

List of Blog Hop Stops

Be sure to hop around to all of these fabulous blogs below to see the rest of the quilts from the book, plus the reinterpreted quilt blocks. There’s inspiration galore!

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17 thoughts on “Check out Irish Chain Quilts by Melissa Corry!

  1. judy wilhelm says:

    Hello Christa! I enjoyed haning your “Optical Illusion” quilt today in Little Rock! It is so beautifully made, bravo!! I hope to see you here this week- Judy Wilhelm NQA CT Coordinator and your humble follower Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 04:01:01 +0000 To:

  2. Cecilia says:

    Pretty block! I love the look of this quilt and would never have guessed it was a variation of an Irish Chain. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Lori Morton says:

    This book is soooo on my Wish List! The pictures & reviews are Super! The colors you used made the block so different…waaay cool too! 🙂

  4. LJ says:

    Excellent block – I like your colors, too. This is quite a different take on an Irish Chain quilt but I love it! Such creativness!

  5. Lori Smanski says:

    your block is wonderful. and the colors you chose are perfect together. cant wait to see the finished quilt

  6. Susan says:

    I really love this block you did Christa. You make beautiful things. I’m hoping to win one of the great prizes and will be getting a copy of the Irish Chains book whether I win or not. Love it.

  7. Jolly and Delilah says:

    I love the colors and print you’ve chosen for your block Christa. I’m excited by this book, which is saying a lot, because the standard Irish chain never appealed much to me. This certainly looks like a fresh take on the standard.

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