Hello Quilting Friends,
The daily news and social media are abuzz with the effects of COVID-19 as well as precautions for prevention and tips for preparedness. Many of the quilting blogs I read are encouraging their readers to “stay home, keep calm and quilt on.” And I’ve noticed a dozen or so new Quilt Alongs or Virtual Retreats aimed at encouraging and solidifying the quilting community during this global health crisis.
Since we are in the midst of our “Sisters” Block of the Month Quilt Along, I hesitate to add another time-consuming commitment to the Abyquilts calendar. However, some blog readers may like an additional, seasonal project. In honor of St. Pat’s Day, I suggest making a “Single Irish Chain.” Click here to link to a previous post’s tutorial of this table topper made with 2″ squares.
For this year’s “Irish Chain” project, I’ll be sewing along on a lap quilt made with dark print “Nine Patches,” unused in a mystery quilt I attempted several years ago. The picture shows my progress to date.
If you are feeling really ambitious, try your hand at a bed sized quilt that combines “Churn Dash” with “Irish Chain” in alternating blocks.
You will find instructions for the “Churn Dash” blocks under the “Sisters BOM QAL” tab. It’s the block of the month for March.
To make each 12″ finished “Irish Chain” block, you’ll need 6 2 1/2″ green squares, 6 2 1/2″ gold squares, 4 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ ecru rectangles, and 4 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ ecru rectangles.
Following the diagram, if you make 25 “Churn Dash” blocks and 24 “Irish Chain” blocks and add a 2″ inner border and a 4″ outer border, you’ll have a 96″ square quilt.
Whatever your quilting project during this time of self-quarantine, I would like to suggest several uplifting songs that remind us of God’s love and faithfulness and of our hope in his watch-care and mercy.
If you enjoy contemporary Christian music, I suggest “I Know” by Big Daddy Weave. And a favorite hymn from my childhood is “The Lord’s Our Rock, in Him We Hide, a Shelter in the Time of Storm.
Prayers for your health and safety, Aby