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!

12 comments:

  1. oooh, this is such a beauty. I love absolutely everything about this quilt. So, so very perfect in every way.

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  2. Beautiful qullt and beautiful scenery!!

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  3. What a fabulous location for a quilt shoot. Perfect spot for your beautiful quilt. Love that Wisteria , I bet the scent was divine too.

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  4. gorgeous quilt and photo shoot Rachel! i can't believe that the top came together so quickly; it looks like it took forever!

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  5. Perfect place for a photoshoot! your quilt and the quilting look wonderful. I do like the variation in the pink.

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  6. Your quilt is so nice. I like the pink color.

    Greetings
    Anja

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  7. Your quilt and pics turned out lovely! What an eye candy!

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  8. so beautiful! and such a lovely photoshoot setting :)

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  9. Wow, this is fabulous. I have often admired this quilt, but have never been convinced that my lack of accuracy wouldn't make a complete botch of it. I am in love with your friends house. I dream of a wisteria covered area at our house one day - perfect location.

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  10. Stunning! may just have to try this one now :) and Adrianne's pillow is a perfect match!

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  11. Just stunning! Irish Chain is an old favourite of mine! A fresh take on it indeed, and I love the addition of those rogue squares! Linda (I'm still waiting for my wisteria to bloom!)

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  12. gorgeous quilt and I love the quilting - so DS !

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