Single Irish Chain Scrap Quilt
Finished quilt measures 49 inches x 60 inches.
I am so pleased with how this quilt turned out! Setting blocks on point can make basting and quilting more difficult due to the grain of the fabric being on the diagonal, thereby giving the quilt top a tendency to shift in ways I am not accustomed to. However, I think the task was made easier by the use of many small pieces of fabric, and the many short seams that helped to stabilize the quilt top.
I really enjoyed the challenge of sewing this quilt together. Although not technically difficult to sew together the design requires methodical piecing to ensure that the pattern is maintained throughout; alternating a large square with a nine-patch block in the right combination of fabrics/colors.
Quilted by ditch stitching all seam lines, stitching edge to edge diagonals lines, thereby creating an all over grid of lines just 1 1/4" apart. These closely spaced lines of stitching give the quilt a subtle texture. I have used a low loft cotton batting (Matilda's Own) which, when combined with this style of quilting, gives the quilt a lovely drape.
For the back of the quilt for I have used my "go to" backing fabric which is Newsprint from the Paint collection by Carrie Bloomston. I know you must be tired of seeing this fabric used as backing fabric, but it really is the perfect backing fabric for my quilts and so handy to have yardage on hand! Of course, I have matched it with my favorite black and white stripe binding fabric ~
YOU ASKED ~
- Large squares are cut 4 1/4" and small squares are cut 1 3/4" squares (for nine patch blocks).
- Nine patch block measures 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" including seam allowances.
- Setting side triangles are cut as 6 1/2 squares that are cross-cut twice on the diagonal (like X). This will ensure that the fabric along the outer edge of the quilt is on grain.
- Settings triangles are over-sized - trim only as is required to sew together rows. The over-sized setting triangles will allow you to trim and straighten the edges of your quilt after quilting.
- Sew blocks together in (diagonal) rows pressing seams away from the nine-patch blocks. Start at one corner of the quilt, work one row at a time, and join rows as you progress.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask by leaving a comment, and I will explain/clarify as required.
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