Celtic Twist – Free Ireland Quilt Block Of The Month Pattern

Enjoy this free Celtic Twist quilt block pattern, part of Ireland Block of the Month. When Laura Roberts, one of McCall’s Quilting/McCall’s Quick Quilts contributors, discovered she would be going along on the McCall’s Quilting trip to Ireland in 2012, she decided to start an Ireland-themed quilt in anticipation. Get all of the FREE Ireland quilt block of the month patterns!

Skill Level: Confident Beginner
Finished Block Size: 12″ x 12″

Download this FREE quilt pattern for the Celtic Twist quilt block.

Cutting Instructions (cut in order listed)
White/green print (background)
– 4 rectangles 3½” x 6½”
– 1 square 3½” x 3½”
– 4 squares 2″ x 2″
Dark green swirl print, medium lime mottle, light green floral, and dark green texture (links)—cut from each:
– 1 strip 2″ x 5″
– 1 rectangle 2″ x 3½”
– 3 squares 2″ x 2″

Piecing the Block

  1. Referring to Diagram I, sew together 1 white/green print 2″ square, 1 dark green swirl print 2″ square, and 1 medium lime mottle 2″ x 3½” rectangle to make pieced square. Make 4 total in fabric arrangements shown.
  2. Draw diagonal line on wrong side of lime 2″ square. Place marked square on white/green 3½” x 6½” rectangle, right sides together, aligning raw edges (Diagram II). Stitch on drawn line; trim away and discard excess fabric. Open and press. Repeat on opposite end of rectangle with light green floral 2″ square to make pieced rectangle. Make 4 total in fabric arrangements shown.
  3. Referring to Diagram III-A for fabric placement,lay out 2″ x 5″ strips around white/green 3½” square.Stitch first seam as shown, starting approximately 2″ (dot) from top left corner of center square. Open strip and press partial seam. Following seaming order, add remaining strips. Complete partial seam to make block center (Diagram III-B).
  4. Arrange pieced squares, pieced rectangles, and block center as shown (Diagram IV). Check placement to make sure that links appear to interlock. Sew 3 rows, and then sew rows together to make Celtic Twist Block.

Celtic Twist

Diagram 2

Diagram 3A Diagram 3B

Diagram 4