Scrappy Irish Chain, a finished quilt

My 2017 summer mental health quilt is ta-done, finished, and gifted!

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This quilt was fun from start to finish. The entire top came from stash and was a fun, mindless project late this summer. The 2.5″ squares were all from swaps and gifts, the 4″ beige squares I cut from larger pieces.

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The backing was half from stash with only the background striped fabric purchased. September was my month to use my longarm (I share it with another quilter if you’re new around here) so I loaded this up to hopefully quilt it during a few sessions over the course of the month.

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One relatively short afternoon later, I was done the quilting. The classic wishbones were easy to do and suited both the front and the back of the quilt. And might I brag just a bit about that most excellent pattern matching seen above? I couldn’t have done that if I tried!

I had a bit of a close call when I was trying to find a suitable fabric for the black border. I knew I had a black with orange-purple-green?-yellow stars (kind of a Hallowe’en palette) but couldn’t find it. Must have sold it. Found instead this black with a rainbow of coloured stars which I truly have no memory of acquiring. But it wasn’t enough! What to do now. I struggled mightily between buying new fabric for the border or…wait for it…switching fabric halfway through. You can see below what I chose to do.

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This is the first time I have ever done that in my decade of quilting. Are you proud of me? I am.

I mentioned this has been gifted already. I left it outside a friend’s house this week. She has a cottage on a lake which has been in her family since they built it in the 1930s. My oldest and her daughter have birthdays only eight days apart and they are truly bosom buddies, a la Anne and Diana. There were many trips back and forth to their cottage this summer and this quilt kept reminding me of that vintage, eclectic, still in great shape cottage. So I kept sewing, thinking about the cottage and friends and all sorts of things so I kind of wound up making this for my friend and just kept crossing my fingers that she would maybe like it a bit and not mind being gifted a quilt.

Well. The exuberant phone call I received convinced me I had gotten it right. They are thrilled to have been chosen as the benefactors. But I win because I got to make another quilt!

Previous posts about this quilt are HERE and HERE.

Quilt Stats:

Title: Scrappy Irish Chain

Lifetime quilt no.: 66

Started: August 2, 2017

Finished: September 27, 2017 (a mere eight weeks later!)

Size: 76.5″x76.5″

Number of pieces: 1,058 which includes the 20 pieces in the backing. Total fabric used was 7.6m from stash and 2m purchased specially.

Quilting: wishbones, done on longarm

Ta-done! Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts, My Quilt Infatuation, Sew Fresh Quilts, Busy Hands Quilts, TGIFF @ Anja Quilts, and a couple of celebratory scrappy linkups too.

And once more for awesomeness.

Have a most excellent weekend everyone and a happy Thanksgiving to you!

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A Humorous Interjection

I found it!!

Remember this quilt?

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You can read more about it HERE. But this one has 1,800 unique print fabrics on it. It should have 1,801 print fabrics but there is one duplicate. I left it in when I was making this but over the years I forgot where the second piece was. Considering I use this quilt for about 5 months a year I should have found it already.

Today was the day!

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Can you see those? I’ll zoom in for you.

Same weird background of green and purple “threads.” And yes, that is a cat in a Christmas hat near some early Denyse Schmidt fabric.

Oh the hubris is embarrassing

After my last post, I was smug about cleaning up and taking stock of my inventory of 2.5″ squares. And guys! The gods, the universe, karma, and some of my guild members read that and LAUGHED.

I’ve just stepped down after 3.5 years of being guild president (and co-founder) of my fabulous MQG Victoria. As a token of their appreciation my guild went through their stashes and cut some squares to give me.

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And a KONA colour card too!

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Four hours later…

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ALL THE COLOURS, ALL THE TIME!

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And some neutrals to round it out! (And a pile of solids, bottom second from left.) And multi-coloured (bottom second from right)

So of course I had to introduce the new squares to the old squares…

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There is so much blue, green, multi-coloured, and low-volume they have two piles each.

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Because this is how I roll, I counted three sets of 100 squares, weighed them all, and took the average. Estimating by weight I have around 8,000 squares now. How much space does that much fabric take up? Less than three shoeboxes luckily. And to convert to yardage gets you 29 metres of fabric (WOF=17 squares, 1m=272 squares). To convert to a quilt…a large queen has 2,500 pieces.

Now to get sewing! And since I’m not running a quilt guild anymore I have a bit more time to do just that.

Thanks MQG Victoria! It was lots of fun.

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Since this is all going into a scrap quilt, I’m linking up with Oh Scrap! with Cynthia and because it’s NEW fabric to me, Sunday Stash with Molli Sparkles.