I've been waiting on this day a very long time. Too long in fact.
Wow, I'm ridiculously happy to finally tick this one off the list and share with you! Long time readers might remember me posting the tutorial to make this along with my finished top waaaay back in March 2014, and starting on the quilt in January 2014! I finally had it quilted by Trudi Wood in July this year, finished just in the nick of the time for Festival Of Quilts in August. Trudi amazingly managed to squeeze it in her already huge schedule and I'm so thankful! Didn't she do a fantastic job! I knew this was far too big for me to handle, I just didn't have the space, energy, time or expertise (most importantly!) to quilt this mammoth 90" x 90" quilt! A job for the professional. I was also knee deep in preparations for the show so it made sense. I had it hanging in my Sew and Quilt booth at FOQ and it was just brilliant to receive so many lovely comments from people. Really, it was the cheering on I needed to keep me standing over the four days! I love having it on our bed now. That's the icing on the cake.
Photographing this quilt was no small task I can tell you! It took a total of 3 different photography locations, 2 willing assistants, 1 chair and (almost) a few tears once I'd stained the back of it it from draping it over a rusty fence. Yep I know, it was a really clever idea by me. All in the name of blogging of course. Thankfully, I managed to get that stain off once we got home, phew.
I knew I wanted to go with a traditional quilting style, so I asked Trudi for feathers and a grid work of sorts, so she came up trumps with some dreamy custom work. She used a looping variation in the chains, which works really well too. I couldn't make a decision on the binding right off, I auditioned several but in the end went for a solid as all the printed fabrics I tried looked far too busy. Kona Woodrose is slightly darker than the Kona Peony used in the chains, which works well to frame the quilt, I think. Can you believe I hand sewed the binding in one evening! OK, technically it was two as I still had a tiny bit to do the following morning, but it was almost one evening ;-) I think that probably goes to show how much I wanted to finish it! It's also my favourite part of quilting. I love being cosied under a big quilt, watching some good TV with a bit of hand-sewing in tow. That's my ideal night right there.
So this is one B-I-G scrappy quilt! I raided my scrap bin to make the top, and I can't say it's made a dent because it's completely full again! I need another scrappy project, quick.
Quilting: Trudi Wood
Fabric: Scrappy! Similar available at Sew and Quilt, Kona White, fabric in chains is Kona Peony, binding is Kona Woodrose
To celebrate the finishing of my #ScrappyIrishChain, finally! I am now offering a FREE downloadable pattern for everyone! Hooray! Yep, it's been a busy weekend. I've had a free tutorial on the blog for quite a while now, so now I've spruced it up and turned it into a PDF so you can save it and print it ready to start sewing immediately! Or refer back to it when you do want to make it :-)
Find the free Scrappy Triple Irish Chain quilt pattern here. Enjoy friends!
Now remember to share on social media using the hashtag #scrappyirishchain
I would be absolutely over the moon to see your versions!
Please do respect my hard work in creating the pattern, please do not sell or redistribute my pattern. Instead link or direct people to my website, I would be ever so grateful. Thanks so much, happy quilting! Jessie.