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Double Irish Chain

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Video: Wardsville Barn Quilt trail

The Double Irish Chain was a popular quilt pattern used in the early 1800s. The history of this quilt pattern connects the life of George Ward to his humble beginnings in his native country of Ireland. The Irish people who settled here in the early 1800s influence this area.

The Irish Double Chain quilt pattern was one of the many brought to Canada by Irish settlers such as Margaret Ward. Eventually the Irish double chain would become part of not just Irish heritage but Canadian heritage as well. This quilt block pattern reminds us that Canada’s people came from different backgrounds and countries.