Jacquelynne Steves

Super Easy Quilt Pattern – Shamrock Shake

Shamrock Shake Green Quilt for St Patricks Day- Jacquelynne Steves

The Split Rail has got to be one of the very easiest quilt blocks around.  Why not do a bunch of blocks in different shades of green? Perfectly refreshing and Spring-y. You can put this together in an afternoon- Quick and easy- that’s how we like it!! So here is my super easy quilt pattern – Shamrock Shake. “Shamrock” for obvious green reasons, and “Shake” because the lines in it remind me of something that might happen during an earthquake…


This is such a quick and easy quilt, it would be perfect for a baby quilt (because we always seem to need those in a hurry!), or a charity quilt. You can also switch the fabrics according to the season or holiday- really, it’s so quick and easy to make, you will want to make a pile of these! I had a whole lot of fun playing with colors and fabrics in my EQ program! Notice that the placement of the value (darkness or lightness) of your fabrics will determine how the pattern looks, so have fun playing with it:


Approximate finished size: 52″ square

You will need:

  • 4 different green fabrics for blocks- 5/8 yard each
  • Border fabric- 3/8 yard
  • Binding- 1/2 yard
  • Batting 60″ square
  • Backing fabric- 3 1/2 yards (40/42″ wide)


From each of the green fabrics, cut 11 strips,  2” wide by the width of the fabric (about 41” long).

Arrange 1 each of the strips from lightest to darkest. Sew 4 strips together (1 of each fabric) along the long edges and press the seams all the same direction. Repeat so you have 11 strip units.


Each strip unit should measure 6 1/2” in width. Trim off the selvedge edges. Cut the strip units into 6 1/2” squares. Each unit should yield 6 squares- you will need 64 squares.


Sew the squares into pairs like this:



Sew the pairs together to form a block like this:


This will yield 16 large square units, each 12 1/2″ (you will have 2 squares left over). Sew the blocks together into 4 rows of 4 blocks, then sew the rows together. Quilt top will measure 48 1/2″ square.

For borders, cut 5 strips, 2 1/2″ x width of fabric. Sew together with diagonal seams to form one long strip. From the long strip, cut 2 strips each 48 1/2″ long and sew to sides of quilt top. From remaining long strip, cut 2 strips each 52 1/2″ long and sew to top and bottom of quilt.

Quilt as desired and bind.

Voila! Shamrock Shake!

Click here for a PDF of this pattern.



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    Posted March 13, 2015 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for the free pattern! It’s a keeper! Thank you for all the time you take to provide these for us.

  • Mary Ann
    Posted March 13, 2015 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for this and other free patterns. You have a great eye for color and your patterns are very inspiring. Hope the bathroom reno goes along without a hitch, or least not many. ;)

  • Pamela
    Posted March 13, 2015 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Super cute! Thank YOU for sharing this fun pattern with us. I will make this one.

  • Pauline Cook
    Posted March 13, 2015 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the pattern. It’s a perfect size to have across the back of my couch. I will have it made up for next St. Paddy’s day.

  • Posted March 14, 2015 at 2:23 am | Permalink

    I wish I had time to use this pattern this weekend. Thanks for sharing, I hope to try it soon.

  • Patti McGarry
    Posted March 14, 2015 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the pattern! I love quick makes, sometimes you just have to finish something and this sure fits that requirement! I’m interested in seeing a close up of the example in the bottom left corner, the one with the red binding. Is there someplace that I can see the fabrics you used? My daughter is expecting a baby boy in May and this would be perfect!

    Posted May 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    thank you. Love the greens

  • Dianne Cahill
    Posted February 1, 2017 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Loved making your Shamrock Shake quilt as my first attempt at making a patchwork quilt. I made my quilt to fit a queen sized bed and used blue toned fabrics. Thanks for making this pattern & instructions available.

  • Mary Anne Scott
    Posted February 19, 2018 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing.

  • Tammi Taylor
    Posted July 4, 2019 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for the pattern. Quick and fast Quilts

  • Carolyn B
    Posted February 26, 2020 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for the free pattern. Love quick and easy quilts!

  • Kathleen
    Posted February 26, 2020 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the free pattern! I love easy versatile patterns!!

  • Connie
    Posted February 26, 2020 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    Very pretty. Thank you.

  • Linnie
    Posted February 27, 2020 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    I believe I have the fabric to make this quilt. Thank you

  • Debbie
    Posted February 28, 2020 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, all quick and easy quilts are a blessing.

  • Patti Mchugh
    Posted February 29, 2020 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    Could you use a green jelly roll and just make a little bit bigger quilt?

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