For this quilt I combined the Double Irish Chain and Friendship Star blocks. Usually the Irish Chain blocks have a plain setting block in between the chain blocks, but since I was doing a red, white and blue theme I thought it was fitting to have stars instead of just plain setting blocks. Many quilters use a faster strip piecing method to piece the Irish Chain blocks, but I pieced each square separately to give a scrappier look.
I recently donated this gorgeous quilt to the VSA Arts of Minnesota Silent Auction held September 20, 2009. For more information visit the VSA Arts website at www.vsaartsmn.org.