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.