Thursday, February 25, 2021

Irish Puzzle Quilt and Pattern

I am happy to announce that my Irish Puzzle quilt is finished and the pattern is being released today!  The Irish Puzzle pattern is now available in the Meadow Mist Designs pattern shop. 

Irish Puzzle is a fun little twist on the class Irish Chain quilt and is perfect for charm packs and scraps.  My kitties have already claimed this quilt as theirs so I think that Irish Puzzle will join in the couch quilt rotation in my family room.  I love how quilts get softer and softer the more they are used and washed.


My version of Irish Puzzle uses Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt, one of my all-time fabric collections.  I love the prints and the saturated colors within the line. When Chicopee was available (many, many years ago) I collected a number of the prints and a large number of charm packs (though the charm packs are odd because they are 6" square instead of the normal 5" square).

You can still find some Chicopee prints on Etsy here. (affiliate link)

Over the years, I have made a number of quilts and other items with my Chicopee fabric including: a lap version of Arrow Point Path, Tova Top, Midnight Mystery, and even a quilt from my new book (coming out in June).

One of the awesome things about Irish Puzzle is that for a lap sized quilt, only two charm packs and a background fabric is needed. The fabrics I used for my cover version are:

Charm pack: Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt for FreeSpirit Fabrics
Background: Moda Bella Solids in Graphite by Moda Fabrics
Binding: Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt for FreeSpirit Fabrics
Backing: Franklin by Denyse Schmidt for FreeSpirit Fabrics



When it came to quilting, I knew that I wanted a quick fun texture for the quilt top so I used an open stipple with a match gray 50 wt Aurifil thread.  

I love the texture a stipple gives to a quilt once washed, it looks like a soft and crinkly antique quilt.


The Irish Puzzle pattern is written at a confident beginner level and while it does involve some smaller pieces, the quilt comes together quickly with no HST or complicated blocks.

The pattern contains instructions to make three sized quilts: 
Baby: 44 ½" x 52 ½"
Lap: 62 ½" x 70 ½"
Twin: 80 ½" x 88 ½"

You can find Irish Puzzle in my pattern shop and once you make an Irish Puzzle of your own, you can share it via social media using the hashtag #IrishPuzzleQuilt.

In my pattern shop, you can use additional coupons for more savings. Use the code "TWOPATTERNS" for $2 off 2 patterns and "THREEPATTERNS" for $4 off 3 patterns.


I would like to thank Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl for her amazing tech editing skills and quilting ideas.  I would also like to thank the Warm Company for the Warm & White batting (my favorite!).


When I created Irish Puzzle, I actually was envisioning using a white background.  But once I decided on the Chicopee fabrics, I realized that they would pop so well on a medium gray instead.  The design was so fun though I wanted to see it in all sorts of different colors and prints.  Here are some alternative colorways I came up with.


I have been more and more active on Pinterest (check me out here).  If you would like to save Irish Puzzle for later on your Pinterest boards, here is a pinnable image.

In my pattern shop, you can use an additional coupon for more savings. Use the code "TWOPATTERNS" for $2 off 2 patterns and "THREEPATTERNS" for $4 off 3 patterns.



  1. Lovely design with a fun twist on the classic. xo

  2. Another awesome pattern and quilt. I really love the graphite grey background you used. Perfect!

  3. I always love getting to see your designs in other colorways, and I'm excited to see others making this pattern!

  4. Such a gorgeous quilt... I LOVE the gray really makes those scrappy smaller squares pop!

  5. So simple and ever so nice in your original colourway. Take care and hugs.

  6. Simple, but very effective. Love all the different colorways! Congrats on the new pattern.

  7. I’d like to make this king size!!! How much yardage of each fabric??

    1. Hi! I’m sorry but I did not write or calculate the yardage needed for a king size. Thanks!

  8. I was looking for an Irish theme quilt and stumbled on yours. Love the modern twist you did.

    I think I just found my new project



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