Guess what? I finished the irish chain quilt!!! A few weeks back I showed you that I had gotten it pinned and said that I was determined to get it quilted before I moved on to another project.
Well, it was a fairly long process, but I finished! Because of the way I quilted it I had a LOT of threads to tie off and bury, and that takes such a long time. But I got it done Monday and decided to go ahead and put it through the washer and dryer so I could have that old-fashioned crinkly effect right away.
Of course, the second I pulled it out of the dryer I had to take pictures. The grass was still wet, and Mr. Magpie tires oh-so-quickly of being a human quilt rack (I can’t really blame him), so I pretty quickly brought it inside and took some pictures of it on the (cough) new daybed in the family room that (cough) no longer has a mudroom. Ahem. Clearly I have a lot to tell you about.
Meanwhile, the quilt!
I took a chance and backed it with a flannel sheet I had on hand. We don’t use top sheets, so when I buy sheets I buy sets so I can use the top sheet for my quilts instead. But sometimes sheets can backfire on you, like with the log cabin I was working on (more on that another day). I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to put it through the machine! The flannel was so soft and slippery on the deck of the sewing machine that it made the quilting super easy. Plus it’s very cozy. I’m kind of in love with the flannel backing right now and will probably be doing that on several quilts.
I thought the pink fields needed something special. I attempted kind of a free-form flower/rosette type thing with stippling around it. You can’t really see them now, though. Next time I’ll make the flowers much bigger and bolder so they’re more obvious after the background stippling is filled in.
On the borders I did kind of an improve loop-de-loop thing on the inner green border. I was going for a braid like effect. The outer border I just did straight lines all the way around. I used my big walking foot and went side-by-side. It was by far the easiest part of the quilting process!
I love how it came out. I can’t stop looking at it.
It is certainly wonky. There are mistakes everywhere. But you don’t really notice them from a distance, and I don’t mind anyway. It gives it character, right?
I think this is going to be my new favorite blanket for my bed. You know the one. The one that I won’t be able to part with no matter how tatty it gets. Do you have one of those?