Monday, March 9, 2015

Clover Irish Chain Table Runner Pattern

The Clover Irish Chain table runner is at least pieced! Quilting for it and matching placemats will come later this week. 

The border pattern for this 20" x 62" table runner can be downloaded from my Craftsy pattern page, here.

Keep in mind that this pattern is for the border only. The four twelve inch blocks can be the clovers I used from Natalia Bonner's Sunday Stitches at Piece and Quiltor they can be anything you desire!  Just be sure they finish at 12 inches.

This pattern is an intermediate skill level, and assumes some paper piecing knowledge. I have pictures of the paper piecing, to help out with the construction.  Just so there is no confusion, I used the freezer paper piecing technique, because, frankly, I hate the chore of tearing out paper! For a tutorial on using freezer paper, click here.

Here's the first piece (A1 and B1) ironed on.
In adding A2 and B2, I sped things up by chain piecing on one long strip, then cutting them apart.
A3 and B3 were a bit tricky because I wanted the straight grain on the outside edge.  So, on the front of the block, I folded the piece at the angle needed to achieve that.
Holding it in position, I laid it flat.
Holding it steady again, I flipped it over for sewing along the folded edge of the paper.

Here the B units are sewn, trimmed, and pressed (topside on the left, backside on the right, top to bottom).
The last A piece was sewn in, then B was sewn to A, with careful matching of the seams so that the ribbon matched up.

I used the "take a few stitches" technique I used in Sewing Diamonds to make sure everything was good to go.

Then stitched the whole seam. And voila! Success!

To make your own bit of Irish luck, the pattern may be available again next year.

The pattern consists of instructions, plenty of diagrams, and two pages of templates.  If you have any questions, or find any errors, please email me. 

Happy Quilting!


  1. Your table runner is wonderful! I love the green shamrocks and the border just finishes it perfectly. Thank you for sharing!!

  2. Oh this is so nice! Thanks for sharing the pattern!

  3. Nice border! Thank you for sharing.

  4. This is a great runner! Wish I'd seen the shamrock block a couple months ago...I recently made a quilt for a dear friend who is Irish, used the Irish Chain setting, named it Shamrock, and quilted a shamrock shape in one block. An actual shamrock block on the back would have been so cool! Ah well. I did the freezer paper method of pp for the Snowalong I was in last Fall, so very very neat of a technique.

  5. How fun is this!! Love the fabric and your border!! Sew Pretty!!

  6. This is a great shamrock pattern - thank you for sharing.

  7. Hi Susan, thanks for sharing your pattern. Your shamrocks look great.

  8. Thanks for sharing that pattern and I want to also thank you for spelling voila correctly! :)


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