What is not to adore about the simple beauty of Irish Chain quilts!? Today I thought I would share this lovely quilt I made years ago for my wonderful hubby. This beautiful green & white Irish Chain uses many St. Patrick Day themed fabrics collected over many years. And since he has a lot of Irish ancestry the idea seemed to fit together well.
Easy to assemble:
The nine patch blocks are made of 3″ squares. The white alternate block is 7.5″ square. These nine patch blocks could easily be done by sewing 3″ strips together and cutting apart every three inches. Choose the method that works for you.
The simple outside border is 8″ wide.
I pieced the top together in 1997- early 1998.
Prepping for hand quilting:
Now to baste the three layers together so I can put it in the quilt frame. Yuk. Basting is not a quilting activity I enjoy at all. In fact, I get grouchy when basting.
My solution is to “baste” by tying white yarn through the green squares in the nine patch blocks. The three layers were securely connected. There would be no shifting of the layers and I could enjoy the process of hand quilting.
In the blocks I used two different Celtic knot designs for the hand quilting. The alternate white blocks in every other row have the same design. The knotwork is pretty, and easy to stitch.
The outside border is quilted using a simple cable design in the two dark green borders. The lighter two green borders contain a meandering free-hand stipple.
Finishing the green & white Irish Chain:
The binding is a cheerful green solid. It is sewn to the front by machine. Pulled it to the back and whip stitched it down.
I added a tag with the quilt info – and the quilt is done.
All the fabric is cotton. The batting is a poly cotton I had on hand.
The backing is what I had on hand – white with a very small red flower.
The finished size is 76″ x 84″.
Readers, it is fine to make a quilt with the supplies you have on hand. Follow your heart. Do something different. Make your quilts unique – just like you are. Enjoy the process and the finished project.
ALL PHOTOS AND WRITTEN CONTENT ARE MY OWN UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.
FB 07-02-22/ P 06-27-22/ I 07-02-22