Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Wasabi Irish Chain Quilt - Work in Progress

Wasabi Irish Chain Quilt | Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Last week I made a commitment to use some of the many 2" squares that I have been cutting for most of the year. Rather than adding fabric scraps to my already overflowing scrap bins I have instead cut the scraps left over from projects into 2" squares. Similarly, I have salvaged some of the fabrics that have been in my scrap bin for a long time and cut those into squares. 

Wasabi Irish Chain Quilt | Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Wasabi Irish Chain Quilt | Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

All fabrics were cut by hand (rotary cutter) although I am all in favor of using a fabric cutting machine, and would have done so if I had been cutting multiple squares of the same fabric. Many of the fabrics were carefully fussy cut, which also doesn't work well with a fabric cutting machine. You may recognize some of these fabrics from previous projects ...

Wasabi Irish Chain Quilt | Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Wasabi Irish Chain Quilt | Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Wasabi Irish Chain Quilt | Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Irish Chain Quilts are a traditional quilt design with many variations in layout and one of my go-to designs for a scrap happy quilt. This design is also a perfect match for my collection of 2" squares. I planned out the design in EQ8 (quilt design software) and worked in small blocks which I felt gave me control over the accurate piecing and pressing of these small squares, as well as nesting all seams to ensure that the quilt top would come together without any problems.

Wasabi Irish Chain Quilt | Work in Progress | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

For the background fabric I have used one of my favorite colors from the Kona Cotton range by Robert Kaufman. This gorgeous color is Wasabi! It is such a great color and when I checked my stash of solid fabric to ensure that I had enough of it on hand to complete the project I discovered that I not only had a fat quarter and a half yard on hand, but also yardage. I must really love this color!

Wasabi Irish Chain Quilt | Work in Progress - November 2017 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

QUILT DETAILS
Wasabi Irish Chain Quilt
Quilt top measures 56 inches x 56 inches.
1369 patchwork squares.
37 rows each of 37 squares.
Each finished square measures 1.5" x 1.5"
Irish Chain contrast fabric:
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton - Wasabi

Wasabi Irish Chain Quilt | Work in Progress - November 2017 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Wasabi Irish Chain Quilt
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This quilt project has brought me so much joy - endless hours of sewing and as a bonus I was able to use up many fabric scraps. Surprisingly, there are still many more 2" squares left in my box. Enough for at least one more quilt!

Wasabi Irish Chain Quilt | Work in Progress - November 2017 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Wasabi Irish Chain Quilt | Work in Progress - November 2017 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

As always, thank you for stopping by,
Rita

Wasabi Irish Chain Quilt | Work in Progress - November 2017 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Wasabi Irish Chain Quilt | Work in Progress - November 2017 | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton - WASABI is available from:

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More RPQ Irish Chain Quilts:
Red and White Irish Chain Quilt - January 2017
Red and White Double Irish Chain Quilt - February 2017
Irish Chain Scrap Buster Quilt - March 2017
Irish Chain Scrap Buster Quilt - July 2015
Irish Chain Scrap Buster Quilt - October 2015

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10 comments:

  1. Gorgeous, as always. I am totally envious of your precise piecing skills!

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  2. Its gorgeous quilt, Rita! Did you do open seam for this quilt?

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  3. Rita, I always love looking at your quilts. They are such happy ones.

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  4. It's interesting how Wasabi works so well as a a colour to unite all the scrappiness! Lovely

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  5. Your piecing skills are impeccable. I can only hope that one day I can piece like you. This is a beauty.

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  6. Beautiful. It gives me inspiration to someday bust my stash with one of these.

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  7. Love it. My kind of scrappy.

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  8. I love it, the wasabi fabric is perfect!! What is the purple fabric with words?

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