Monday, April 19, 2021

A Single Irish Chain


It is April, and I am joining many others in celebrating National Poetry Month by reading, writing,  sharing, and celebrating poetry each day this month. Many years ago I was a quilter. After I began teaching, I had to put my needles and frames away because I just did not have the time. This year I am going back to my quilting roots and will be playing with patchwork-themed poems from memories of my own quilting years to the history of quilts and to quilt patterns. Pull up a needle and thread and let's stitch awhile.

After the four-patch block, the nine-patch would be considered the next easiest pattern. Although the nine-patch is simple to piece, when combined with other patterned blocks or even alternating with a plain block, wonderful quilts can be made. The Irish Chain is one of those patterns. I made this baby quilt for a cousin of mine about 20 years ago. This is a picture of an old picture, so the quality is not good.

I chose to pair this nine-patch quilt with a Tricube poem - a three stanza poem of three lines with three syllables each. A little play with the number nine!

A nine-patch--
at its best,

lights and darks
a plain block

to create
a single 
Irish chain.

This week also marks the beginning of the Kidlit Progressive Poem, which is being organized by Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche. A different poet adds a line each day for the month of April. Last year was my first year participating, and since I lived to tell about it, I will participate again this year! You can find the poem's trail below.

April 1 Kat Apel at Kat Whiskers
2 Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
3 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
4 Donna Smith at Mainly Write
5 Irene Latham at Live your Poem
6 Jan Godown Annino at BookseedStudio
7 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
8 Denise Krebs at Dare to Care
9 Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche
10 Molly Hogan at Nix the Comfort Zone
11 Buffy Silverman
12 Janet Fagel at Reflections on the Teche
13 Jone Rush MacCulloch
14 Susan Bruck at Soul Blossom Living
15 Wendy Taleo at Tales in eLearning
16 Heidi Mordhorst at my juicy little universe
17 Tricia Stohr Hunt at The Miss Rumphius Effect
18 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
19 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
20 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
21 Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life
22 Ruth Hersey at There is No Such Thing as a God-forsaken Town
23 Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
24 Tabatha Yeatts at The Opposite of Indifference
25 Shari Daniels at Islands of my Soul
26 Tim Gels at Yet There is Method
27 Rebecca Newman
28 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
29 Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wondering
30 Michelle Kogan at More Art 4 All


  1. This is becoming a lovely collection, Leigh Anne. How fun that you tried that tricube. You managed to include all the info in the restrictions! It, like the quilt, "simplicity/at its best".

    1. Thank you, Linda. I have really enjoyed this project, and it has brought back so many good memories.

  2. Nine lines seem the perfect number to describe this quilt. You are making me want to pick up needle and thread with your quilting poems.