Hello there, I hope you have all had a good week, filled with lots of crafty goodness!
I am super excited that our new pup has decided that he likes the pillow I placed right next to my sewing machine, so now when he naps, I sew! The pillow still needs a cover, but I picked up the perfect fleece ( white with black pawprints!) and will sew that one of these evenings. I do have to make the pillow a little less round, or maybe sew a button to the center because every once in awhile he rolls right off it while he’s sleeping and then looks very confused about being on the floor…it is very hilarious though!
I mentioned previously that I had joined a sew along for an Irish Chain quilt with Amber from Gigi’s Thimble. I had been behind pretty much the entire time ( the reason for that was the subject in the photo above 😉 ), but this week I actually got caught up and then got ahead of schedule~yahoo! I don’t think I have ever been ahead of schedule before when it comes to sewing projects……
Anyway, Amber is making a green and white version, but with all the blues in my stash ( why do I always buy blue???) I thought I would make a blue and white version. I do love a good blue and white quilt, and those are the official school colors of Penn State where both my hubby and 2 oldest boys work/attend school, so it is perfect. I also really wanted to make a scrappy version so pulled out various blues and whites and came up with what I hoped was a good combination of prints and colors.
I wasn’t sure how the blue with red floral print would work out, but I am glad I stuck it in there! The red gives it a little pop here and there and you all know that I love me some red ;).
I had never made an Irish Chain quilt, but they consist of only 2 blocks that look like this:
To make a Queen size version I needed 41 of the checkerboard blocks, and 40 of the alternate blocks. Luckily when you chain piece the blocks come together pretty quickly.
And now I’m in the process of sewing my blocks together into giant 9-patches.
I am planning on taking these “9-patch blocks” and quilting each of them first ( using my favorite quilt-on-the-batting-only method), and then sewing all 9 sections together, before finally backing it and doing some final quilting in the ditch. ( If this sounds completely confusing to you, please check out any of my QAYG tutorials that can be found in the headings bar at the top of the page!).
Do you know that I have been quilting for 20 years and have never made a bed-sized quilt for our bed?? How shameful…..hahahaha. I think this beauty will look gorgeous on our bed, with our beautifully painted walls ( not more marijuana wallpaper!) and I will be sure to share a pic when it’s all completed!
If you are interested in making your own Irish Chain quilt you can go check out Amber’s blog posts about it. It really is super simple and I think anyone would be successful with it.
Well, that’s all for this week.
Until next time~happy creating!