Burgoyne Surrounded by Irish

What if you take two unrelated blocks drafted on different grids and mix them up?

Patchwork Maniac used the Burgoyne Surrounded block in a quilt at a time when I was playing with Irish Chains, both Single and Double, so I took a long shot and tried them all together.

All the rules for using blocks together say they should be similar in scale. These are not.

They sould be drafted on the same grid. These are not.

And I threw in another odd block while I was looking for Burgoyne Surrounded in the block library just to mix it up further!

There are two things which unite them. The are all pieced blocks, and they all create designs with a strong diagonal.


So what happens? Well, I rather like the version above which shows all the blocks in a diagonal sampler. Though I should have rotated it before I added it here. More like this.

BSI 1a

Much better. I don’t like things that are top heavy!

Using MY rules, I have to mix the blocks up, using blocks which ‘shouldn’t’ be used together, and see what happens. This is something I would never have drafted with pencil and paper and then cut from precious fabric, but all it costs with Electric Quilt (after you have bought the program for other reasons) is some time.


Very interesting! Even if those little squares would be VERY little. Or this quilt would be HUGE!

About Virtual Quilter

I am a quilter who designs many more quilts than I will ever make, and I am sharing one quilt design every day in Virtual Quilter. I also share my completed projects in Stuff-Ups, and Christmas decorations in Christmas Everyday of the Year.
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6 Responses to Burgoyne Surrounded by Irish

  1. paddysdaughter says:

    Like you, I prefer the one in the middle – light and airey at the top, and sitting soundly on the bottom.

    Cheers, Sue McB


  2. Kaite says:

    I like the middle one too, most things need a good ‘bottom’ and a light-hearted top. it’s very interesting. Thanks for your reply to my hexie quilting question. K.


  3. Glynis says:

    Gosh they’re all really interesting.


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