Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Irish Chain Quilt
I finished this quilt a few months back and I've been waiting for a chance to photograph it. Today I packed it in my car, along with my camera and went on my first ever quilt photoshoot, outside of my own backyard!. My friend lives in a beautiful villa just outside of the city, with a charming veranda, wisteria coming into bloom and lichen covered fences. It was fun playing the photographer in such a beautiful location.
The Irish Chain quilt pattern is from Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration by Denyse Schmidt. The top came together in just a few days, which basically never happens in my world. Strip piecing made it so easy! I used a Westminster solid (it came in a quilt kit so I'm not exactly sure which one) for the background and the Ladder print in Fuchsia from Chicopee for the squares. I added the scrappy squares, just like the original. There are instructions on how to include the rogue squares but to achieve the same effect as the original you do need to make more rogue strips than the pattern suggests. I think the rogue prints took as long to work out as the rest of the quilt. Totally worth it though.
For the backing I pieced four of my favourite Chicopee prints. The long arm quilting was done by Donna Ward. Did you spot my Maple Leaf pillow? It was made by Adrianne, I love how it looks with my quilt!