Scrappy Pink & Green Irish Chain Finished!!

Scrappy Pink & Green Irish Chain Finished via

Scrappy Pink & Green Irish Chain Finished via

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!

Scrappy Pink & Green Irish Chain Finished via

Scrappy Pink & Green Irish Chain Finished via

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.

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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.

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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!

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I love how it came out. I can’t stop looking at it.

Scrappy Pink & Green Irish Chain Finished via

Scrappy Pink & Green Irish Chain Finished via

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?

~Angela :-)

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  1. Cecilia Martin says:

    Your Irish Chain quilt is simply divine! I love your idea of using sheets for backing and flannel at that! I feel like I can smell and feel the coziness of it by your pictures!!!

    • Awww, that’s so sweet!! I think I will probably only use flannel sheets for backing from now on. The last sheet I used before this wouldn’t go through the machine at all and I ended up picking out a *lot* of quilting!!! The high thread counts are kind of “sticky” on the flatbed if you know what I mean. But I loooove this one! ~Angela~

  2. This is lovely. It is timeless. And the quilting is wonderful!

  3. Your quilting is just gorgeous. Never in a million years will mine look like that.

  4. Barbara H. says:

    What a beautiful quilt, Angela! I am so impressed. Looking forward to hearing more about the loss of the mudroom (LOL)!

  5. It’s beautiful! I’ve had some bad luck quilting with sheets as well. One of my favorite parts of quilting is pulling the quilt out of the dryer after it’s first wash; it’s warm, soft, and crinkly good!

  6. Wow, it’s beautiful, Angela. I have never done machine quilting. I only quilt by hand. I sure would like to learn! Do I need special attachments? My old machine is from 1970. Do you sketch out the design in pencil before you machine quilt?

    • Thank you so much, Sally! For this quilt I used both a walking foot and a free motion foot (with the feed dogs lowered). But for some quilts that I just do straight line quilting on I just use the walking foot. You really do need one of those or you will get lots of puckers. I didn’t sketch it out, no, I just kind of winged it. But then, I was okay with it not being perfect, and it’s certainly not perfect!! ~Angela~

  7. Hi Angela, I just have to say how beautiful I think this quilt is. I am pretty new to quilting and most of the time I do my backgrounds and sashing in white, but the pink is so pretty! Now that I see how lovely it can be my next quilt is going to have colored sashing. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Thank you, Kathleen!! I love the look of antique quilts with the white backgrounds, but I knew in my house the white would get ruined so fast and would make me sad, so I decided to go with a color instead. I did see some antique quilts with a pink background, too, so I think it still looks fairly old-fashioned. I love the white, though! ~Angela~

  8. Beautiful!! I love the cheery color-mixture – Looks like spring. Congratulations on completion.
    My grandmothers, my aunts and my mother quilted. When we were little, my mother would setup the quilting frame in the living room & as children we would play underneath as they quilted and talked. Great memories. And yes, I do have some quilts that are worn with a few tears hither & yon, and yet – they must remain. My mother made my children each a single-bed quilt when they were young – with fabric ‘painting’ the scene of my parents’ country home complete with animals. My ‘baby’ is now 36, and his quilt well-used – now it graces 5-year-old grandson’s bed.

    • Oh Jan, that sounds so lovely, all those quilts that your Mom made for your kids. I would love to do some hand-quilting once I slow down a bit. Right now I’m in production mode since not everyone has quilts for their beds. I had built myself a frame years ago and I think I can build another one. It won’t be fancy, but it’ll get the job done. Such a great memory to have! ~Angela~

  9. It’s absolutely lovely and such a tremendous work… Well done!

  10. Oh this is so gorgeous … the colors are incredible and your close up shots so spectacular! Cuddle up!


  11. Oh I absolutely love it! It’s gorgeous and I can quite understand why you can’t stop staring at it πŸ™‚
    I wish I could just pop around for a cuppa so that I could sit and stare at with you! I’ve been playing with my vintage hexies and have started apliqueing them on to a mid blue backing I found in my stash.
    So…. I wonder what you will do next…?
    Lots of love, Tracey xxx

    • Hee hee! Yes, I wish you could pop around, too! If you ever do make it stateside I would love to have you. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been doing with the hexies. I haven’t gotten to trying them yet, but I really want to. Next up is a quilt for my son, so quite a departure from this one! πŸ™‚ ~Angela~

      • Aww… your so kind. I’m afraid it’s just wishful thinking on my part but we never know what’s around the corner πŸ™‚
        Oh how exciting…your son will love it. I made one for my son with all sorts of tartan when he was 5. He is now 28 and still has it on his bed …it’s getting pretty thin!
        Tracey xxx

  12. What a cheerful and simply gorgeous quilt! It must be very satisfying to complete such a beautiful project and use it in your lovely home.

    • Thank you, Laura! Yes, it’s quite satisfying! I have already been sleeping under it and plan to continue. Thanks for visiting! ~Angela~

  13. Just gorgeous!! Love how all the different types of quilting you did mix perfectly to enhance it. I will have to be on the lookout for flannel sheets on sale in future. It had never occurred to me before!

  14. Your quilt is gorgeous!!!! I can’t believe you did all the machine quilting, too!

    Your family room is looking wonderful, too. I love the old green cupboards you use to store toys, etc.

    Have a great weekend, Angela!

    • Thank you, Vickie! I really agonized over the green paint before I went for it and I’m really glad I did. Hopefully I won’t get tired of it! ~Angela~

  15. I absolutely LOVE your quilt. It’s been fun watching the progress – but to see it completely finished is a delight. The colors are wonderful and the quilting just finishes everything. You inspire me to finish my quilts one of these days. I am in the process of cleaning my sewing room (again). Our daughter and her four children are staying with us while they look for housing nearby so my time is limited but I am making progress. I want to finish my Irish Chain that I started for our bed many years ago. I loved the way it was coming together and I can’t wait to get going again. Thank you for the encouragement and inspiration that there IS life after unfinished projects!

    • That’s so exciting that you are working on an Irish Chain, too! πŸ™‚ I hope you share pictures as you go. I am kind of in love with my quilt right now, I have to say. But then, I’m also in love with the new one I’m working on, too, which is *completely* different! Ha! I’ll share more on that tomorrow, hopefully. Hugs!! ~Angela~

  16. Claudia says:

    Your quilt is marvelous! I would never have dared to add so much pink but it works beautifully! Congratulations!

    • Angela says:

      Thank you, Claudia! I had a brief panic in the middle that it wouldn’t work, but I do love it now. ~Angela~

  17. Votre quilt est tout simplement magnifique ! AmitiΓ©

  18. I just read through all of your posts on this quilt and it is gorgeous! I have been scheming on how to make just such quilt for a friends wedding and can’t wrap my head around how to use the strip method and still make it look scrappy – but you did! Did you have a method that you used to figure out what strips to use where? And how many different fabrics did you use? Thanks for any advice!

    • Hi Anne! Thank you so much. I wrote a pattern for myself and I have been meaning to share it on the blog, so maybe I should do that! I was going to make another one, too, because I’m wanting one with some bright colors. I’ll try to get the pattern up at least, that should help! ~Angela~

  19. Hello,
    I just saw your Irish chain quilt. I love it!!! So pretty. I am brand new to quilting and was searching patterns.

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