Monday, February 13, 2017

Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt

Work in Progress.
Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Red and White Quilts are my most recent fascination! After the completion of my recent Red and White Irish Chain Quilt I could not help but delve further into the world of traditional red and white quilts, and more specifically Irish Chain Quilts. I have added a resource book to my extensive quilt book library that I can highly recommend called: Red and White Quilts: Infinite Variety: Presented by The American Folk Art Museum.


This book is a catalog of red and white quilts (it is not a pattern book). It is a detailed look at the world’s most celebrated collection of red and white quilts. The book features over 650+  beautifully photographed quilts from the past three centuries and includes many traditional quilt designs and examples of of feathered stars, diamonds, log cabins, Irish chain, baskets, lettering, snowflakes, embroidery and applique. Anyway, inspiration for my quilt has come from the examples of Irish Chain Quilts that are featured in this book. Although I have added my own variation ...

Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

The quilt design is block based, and when broken down into smaller units it is not difficult to piece. In an effort to sew efficiently I first made in excess of 200 nine patch blocks pieced from strip sets. Each finished nine patch block measures 2 1/4" x 2 1/4", with each tiny square measuring 3/4" x 3/4" (finished).

Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Piecing 200+ nine patch blocks was time consuming, but once these were done the quilt top came together in an afternoon + evening sewing session.

Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

QUILT DETAILS:
Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt
Quilt top measures 62 inches x 62 inches.
Fabrics Used:
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Tomato, Snow, and Pepper.
Nine Patch Block measures 2 3/4" x 2 3/4 inch (incl seam allowances).
200 red and white nine patch blocks.
16 black and white nine patch blocks.
Quilt top is made up of four blocks:
Tutorial: Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
BLOCK 1: Make 12 blocks.
BLOCK 2: Make 8 blocks.
BLOCK 3 (Center Block): Make 1 block.
BLOCK 4: Make 4 blocks.
TOTAL: 25 Blocks (5 rows of 5 blocks).
Press all seams away from the nine-patch blocks and all seams will nest.
Adjust nine-patch block to the size your prefer to work with. 

Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

I am so pleased with how this quilt top came together and cannot wait to add texture by way of quilting! 

Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Lots of photos ... I thought I might as well show them all! 

Thank you for stopping by and scrolling though.
Rita

Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

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17 comments:

  1. Dear Rita,
    what a wonderful quilt! Such a traditional pattern and what an amazing modern look! I like the single non solid squares in it. It gives the quilt additional eyecatcher points!
    Greetings, Rike

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    1. Yes,it´s so nice.I'll follow you. Thanks.

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  2. Made my first ever quilt using 1" finished squares a few years ago. Not sure if I am ready for 3/4" squares although I am sure this quilt is awesome in person. Photos just never do justice to a quilt. Thank you for sharing the process.

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  3. Wow! Just beautiful. Yikes, those are some small nine patches girl!

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  4. WOW!! This is amazing!! Just do not know how you can turn these out so fast and so beautifully.
    Ellie
    elliefpw@sbcglobal.net

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  5. exactly what i have been looking for! thank you so much! i will need to adjust the amount of blocks to make it larger but I believe I can figure that out. Your instructions are so clear!!!

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  6. Your quilt is stunning!! I'm saving your tutorial so I can hopefully make it someday! Thank you for sharing it.

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  7. It always pleasure to see your quilt, Rita.. can't wait to see how you finish this quilt..

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  8. Gorgeous design! I love it! I would love to make a two color quilt, probably red and white but there are so many designs to choose from! What is overwhelming to me is choosing a quilting design. I don't have a longarm but how would you go about choosing how to quilt it? It will be interesting to see what you come up with.

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  9. Rita, this one is very attractive.
    I love red. and white. I always love your quilts.
    When I was a kid, my mom said red and black do not go together bc it was Hitler's colors.
    Seriously, I grew up with that in my mind.
    Well, my mom was 20 years old when WW2 was destroying everything. LOL I thought you might like that little tidbit of trivia from my life :-D

    I do like this quilt very much. It looks fun to make. I love white in almost all of my quilts too

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  10. Very cool Rita. reading the above comment...it is amazing what memories my be triggered by a work of art, colour combination or a quilt. Your photos touch us in many ways.

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  11. Something I always admire about your quilts is the immaculate and accurate piecing. With this quilt, the success of the design relies on clean geometry and your blocks, as always, are perfect! It's beautiful...

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  12. This really is a show stopper Rita !

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  13. How will you bind it? It looks like your perfect little points go right to the edge.

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  14. Es precioso este diseño en blanco y rojo con negro en el centro . Me ha encantado. Un saludo

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  15. Can you tell me how do you press your seams. Open or to one side.

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