Finished. At last! My double Irish chain quilt has been waiting very patiently for me to find the motivation to baste and quilt this beast!
I'm so pleased it's finished as it's now sitting proudly in my bedroom. It just fills the space with such a sunshiny, spring feeling when I walk into the room now. I've always wanted a happy yellow quilt, and an Irish chain has always been such a simple but striking pattern to me - so I liked the idea of blending the two. I'm not usually one for adding border designs of sorts, but I think the diamond border adds something extra to this otherwise conventional design. The backing fabric is a vintage sheet I've been keeping safe for a long time for 'that perfect quilt', I just love it. It's one of my very favourite vintage sheet patterns and I think it really ties everything together so well.
For quilting I did straight lines either side of every seam, stopping at the white centre's. I had planned to do some free motion design to fill the space, but I didn't quite have the confidence to do it once I'd done the rest of the quilting... I'm not entirely happy with that part in all honesty, but "I can't think about that now, I think about it tomorrow!" ;-) perhaps I could come back to it later? I'm getting to the point now when I just need to spend some more time actually practicing FMQ, instead of thinking I may just magically be able to do it one day? I chose Kona White for the binding to blend seamlessly with the rest of the quilt and it looks just great against the vintage sheet backing.
Now let's basque in these Spring like photo's for a moment and pretend it's not March, and very, very cold...
Finished size: 88" square
Block size: 10"
vintage sheet for backing