Sunday, September 2, 2012

irish chain quilt


A few days ago I finished my Irish Chain quilt, and I'm totally over the moon, I so love how it turned out. I started off with a stack of my favorite Denyse Schmidt fabric, added some text prints for fun, and reached for Kona Sky as my solid. I followed  this fantastic tutorial showing an easy way to assemble all the 9 patch blocks needed for the quilt top.


I knew from the very beginning that I wanted to hand quilt it. And that's what I did. I first outlined all the main solid squares but they felt sort of empty, so I decided to do an X inside each square.


I think that gave it just the right amount of quilting without overpowering all the pretty little squares.


I decided to stay with Denyse Schmidt fabric for the backing, too.


I love both of these prints, they are so pretty, and sort of vintage looking, and girly.  I think they play really nicely together as well as compliment the quilt top only the way DS fabrics can.


The whole time I was attaching the binding on I was questioning whether I made the right choice. I usually don't use this color in my sewing a lot, and to choose it for the binding was quite out of my comfort zone. At the end, I'm glad I went with my first instinct  because it frames the whole quilt so very nicely.


Finished size of this quilt is 56" x 68". Perfect lap sized quilt, if you ask me.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Svetlana

23 comments:

  1. It came out gorgeous! The hand quilting was a great choice for this project.

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  2. Svetlana
    This is a beautiful quilt. What a great job as always.

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  3. It is beautiful Svetlana! I love all the fabric choices you made - front, back, and binding - and I think the hand-quilting was the perfect "touch!" I like your new header too.

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  4. I'd love to see this quilt in person. The binding looks so perfect and I'd like to see the purplish contrast to the Kona sky myself. The hand quilting is exquisite. What another great finish!

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  5. Lovely finish. It feels good doesn't it!

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  6. Stunning!! This is why I love DS fabrics -- that lovely vintage modern look. Your hand stitching is amazing!

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  7. So lovely! I'll definitely be making one of these. The handstitching is perfect!

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  8. just beautiful, Svetlana! The hand quilting is perfect!

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  9. Very pretty.......I love DS fabric.

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  10. It looks beautiful, very effective hand quilting

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  11. Absolutely Gorgeous! I'm just winding up to make my first proper quilt........waiting for the children to go back to school and in the meantime will keep following you for inspiration xxx

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  12. It is lovely and the hand quilting is fab!

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  13. Super beautiful. I *love* the atypical choice of Sky for the solid.

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  14. So beautiful! I agree the quilting and binding are perfect!

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  15. It is beautiful, every detail, especially the quilting. I love your colour choices too.

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  16. It is just beautiful! Congratulations on the finish. (And I love the binding!)

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  17. Oh, yes, definitely the right choice. The binding is lovely! I really love how simply beautiful this one is. I'm actually considering an Irish Chain 9-patch too...

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  18. This is just gorgeous, Svetlana, every detail! Great job on the hand quilting, too! Enjoy your new quilt!

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  19. It look very nice. I am making one for my bed too. I was looking for a pattern for some time now and your hand quilting made me reject every other option... Thanks!

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