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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Irish Chain Quilt - 2010




Ben's Irish Chain quilt.  Unfortunately, my pictures were not as good as I'd like.
     My last post featured a quilt I made for my god daughter's high school graduation this year.  In 2010, I made a quilt for my god son's high school graduation.  He requested a quilt in the colors of his high school (red and white) and his mom's family is of Irish descent.  So, a red and white Irish Chain quilt seemed perfect!


The red used was not a solid.  I found a scrap showing the subtle dots in black and white and dark red. 

Each corner had either a star or an extra 9 patch block, which I heavily stippled. I used a homespun red and white check for the border, and accented with the black and white dots.

I did the quilting in red, with an all over meandering design.

A close up of the quilting.

I printed the Irish Blessing prayer and put it on a label on the back of the quilt.


An out of focus close up of the heavy stippling in the corner block. 


     In designing these quilts, I tried to reflect the recipients' personalities and interests.  Ben is an accounting major in college, so his quilt was precise and straightforward, with a controlled color palette. 

Ben's Irish Chain quilt.





     Ruth is an artist, so her quilt was wildly colored and unpredictable. 
Ruth's Scrappy Around the World quilt.


    Both were made with lots of love.



   I am working on a number of projects, and hope to finish some up during my upcoming summer vacation.    After I finished my scrappy string quilt,  I wanted to see how a very controlled string quilt would work out.

My Scrappy String Quilt. 
    Here is one of many identical blocks for a more controlled string quilt.   I can't wait to see how this looks finished.  It is quite different from the scrappy version, although put together just the same.

 
Cats, and ducks, and hens and pigs. 

     Have a wonderful and safe Independence Day holiday.

Take care,
Gretchen 
   

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