“Not Your Grandma’s Irish Chain” Finished!

This quilt project, begun last summer, is finally finished! I found time last week to quilt it with the “Wave on Wave” pantograph designed by Patricia E. Ritter and distributed by Urban Elementz. And the weekend furnished the two hours needed to machine bind the quilt. I am super pleased with the results.

The fabric line is “Blue Sky” designed by Edyta Sitar for Andover. When I saw the fabric at Sew There! Quilts and More in Angier, NC, it was love at first sight. However, I left the bolts on the shelf until I dreamed up a quilt design that would showcase them well. You can read about the beginning of this project here.

Generally, I would suggest custom quilting for a traditional project such as this. However, on a whim, I decided to use the “Wave on Wave” pantograph, stitching with light taupe thread. The border print is so busy a custom design would not have shown up at all anyway, and the swirls add organized swirly  texture to the light background areas of the quilt. The surprise appears when the viewer’s eye focuses on the dark blue squares and Orange Peels; there, the swirls truly delight!

Why the name “Not your Grandma’s Irish Chain” you may ask. “Irish Chain” quilts feature plain squares alternated with “Nine Patches” (or variations of “Nine Patches”) with dark fabrics in the four corners of each block. These dark fabrics connect diagonally across the quilt. In this quilt, however, the “Orange Peel” alternate blocks provide the diagonal, criss-crossing design element, and the “Nine Patches” have light corner squares. So, it is an Irish Chain quilt, of sorts, but not the design your Grandma would have made.

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