Mar 10, 2022

St. Patrick's Day, Shamrock, or Irish Themed Free Patterns Updated 2022

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 above, is my own favorite simple string quilt, pieced in a diagonal pattern with 'Kiss Me I'm Irish' and other fun shamrock fabrics.

Kermit's Irish green eyes are smiling on the string quilt done in greens and holiday shamrock fabrics, hope your eyes are too! I gifted it to a friend whose mom and dad both immigrated from intensely challenging lives in their youth (90 to 100 years ago) in Ireland.

My friend, Mary Pat Sullivan, and I met in college in 1968. Oh we were so much younger then! She's still a dear friend today. I had a cute Celtic Knots bag (that I bought not quilted) that it went into as its "gift wrap".

The pot holders below were made and gifted as well.. Haven't made anything distinctively Irish since. 

(I am 50% Finnish and about 42 to 46% French or as genetics is now calling most of those geomes "northern and western European".)  

But I love Celtic everything in my heart. The poetry, the music, the step dancing, the mystical and magical faeries energies as well as the enduring beyond any challenges hearts.

And so here (shown above) my own green Somerset Star Potholders complete with a free pattern tutorial at link below:

String Quilting Tutorial to get you started on your own string quilt quilt like mine, above!
Need a quick easy project or guild or party gift(s) :

Small mug wrap photo tute:

Or how about ideas using your own favorite design ideas/patterns or freewheeling quilting ideas as I often do!

And now, some wonderful and "Free St.Patrick's Day, Shamrock or Irish Themed Free Quilt, Quilting, or Small Project Links, Patterns and Tutorials"

{includes downloadable pdf template}

Free St. Patrick's Quilt pattern - from Moonlight Quilts pdf

And so cute, four 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

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

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.

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

Words to applique:" Kiss Me I'm Irish

Yellow Clover Vintage Quilt Block: Instructions
Vintage Pattern longer available  

**Yellow Clover 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.

YELLOW CLOVER debuted in the Nancy Cabot quilt column in the Chicago Tribune on March 19, 1936. Cabot's notes state the following: 

"Yellow, green and white form one of the most popular of present day quilt color combinations. YELLOW CLOVER is one of the newer pieced blocks which allow the quilt maker to use these colors in a most appropriate pattern. 
It is a pattern which is not difficult to piece, and only 36 blocks are required for an entire coverlet. They are set together six blocks across and 6 blocks deep and surrounded by a five inch border of white material and bound with leaf green bias binding a half inch in width." 
The pattern is included in most compendiums, see p.207-5 in Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM OF PATCHWORK PATTERNS, for example, or p.212 in Maggie Malone's 5,500 QUILT BLOCK DESIGNS, or #2459 if you're using Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS.

For an index of Nancy Cabot designs at this site, see CABOT BLOCKS.
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.

AUNT MARY'S DOUBLE IRISH CHAIN - Antique Geometric Quilt Designs
S DOUBLE IRISH CHAIN INDEX | BOOKS or search engine by freefind advanced Quilt Notes: AUNT MARY'S DOUBLE IRISH CHAIN dates back in print to a 1906 booklet of blocks, previously

Some of my own quilts of loving the greens fun!

And may you find (or create) your own "pot 'o gold" for the end of your quilted rainbow of fun!  

Ok so mine are copper pennies! But they have been saved over the decades for the shiniest ones ever! My green pot is so heavy I have to slide it out for March decor!

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands sharing a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting, with small format art quilts, prayer flags, and comfort quilts for a variety of charitable programs. And best of all, sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join her and make and donate quilts to charitable causes.   Help us change the world, one little quilt, art quilt, and prayer flag at a time!

1 comment:

Jackie said...

Thank you for the free Shamrock block (the first one). I used it to make a table runner for my granddaughters. They are in collage in southern CA. Sorry I didn't take a photo.