Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Single Irish Chain Scrap Quilt - A Finished Quilt

Single Irish Chain Scrap Quilt - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
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.

Single Irish Chain Scrap Quilt - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Single Irish Chain Scrap Quilt - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

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.

Single Irish Chain Scrap Quilt - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

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.

Single Irish Chain Scrap Quilt - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
Single Irish Chain Scrap Quilt - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

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 ~

Single Irish Chain Scrap Quilt - binding | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

Single Irish Chain Scrap Quilt - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

  • 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.
You can easily adjust the size of the block provided that you can easily divide the large square into three equal parts. For example: a finished 6" large square and 2" finished small squares. With seam allowances that would be: cut 6.5" large squares and cut 2.5" small squares.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask by leaving a comment, and I will explain/clarify as required.

Single Irish Chain Scrap Quilt - A Finished Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

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  1. its so beautiful ... you are world class quilter, Rita ..

  2. Stunning it photographs so beautiful in so many different positions.

  3. Rita, your quilts are just stunning! The wonderful way you put colors together, the designs you create, the quilting--and, of course, the incredible size of your pieces. Every time I see you in my inbox, I know I'm in for a treat :)

  4. What a great quilt! Thank you for the measurements!

  5. Thank you for sharing your techniques for making this quilt. I love that there's not much solid fabric - really showcases the prints.

    A question regarding your initial layout: Did you determine relative placement of the larger squares before laying out the 9-patches?

    Well, and another question: Since you have so much experience with scrappy quilts, do you find it easier to get that random/balanced look with each quilt, or does it take about the same amount of fiddling each time?

    I'm not surprised at all that this was snapped up right away from your easy shop - it's gorgeous!

    1. Hi Sarah - thank you for stopping by!

      I arranged the large squares first (laid them all out on the floor) on point - leaving a gap in between for the nine-patch block.

      I try not to over think the arrangement of scrappy fabrics - I honestly don't spend a lot of time re-arranging. I check for any really obvious clashes, and a balance of light/dark, then stand back and take a different perspective, and arrange if need be. If in doubt I'll leave it on the floor for while, glance across as I walk by to see if anything looks out of place, but I generally don't do a lot of re-arranging.

      Happy Sewing!

  6. What a beautiful finish, meticulous piecing as always!

  7. I always love your quilts, but this is the best yet!

  8. I just LOVE this! Each quilt you make seems to be your best! You are becoming the best quilter that I have ever known!! It is so nice when you give the measurements. I know it's possible that I could make it that way! I do have many of your patterns and you are so generous. I haven't made any yet but this pattern would make a wonderful 30's quilt which are many of the prints in this quilt. Thank you for being such a great quilter.

  9. Oh, I love this! I really appreciate all the trouble you go to to give us all the info so that we can make the quilt too. Thanks so much!

  10. I could never tire of this backing, or your signature binding. This would be a lot of work, and you have to think when you piece those 9 patch blocks. I would like to try one of these. Every time I get your blog I want to go sew! :)

  11. Rita, this turned out wonderful.
    Thank you for sharing the specific cutting details. This does look like a fun one to put together, I agree, the diagonal ones are always a little shifty.
    I have a huge design wall (hey, why limit your sewing room to one room?) and It is great for arranging. I just procured for myself, a small step ladder which is so much better than tottering on 24" stools.
    I really love the way this one turned out.
    Always inspired♥️

  12. Love, love, love it! So pretty. I love the reverse use of the dark fabric in the square in the single irish chain, so interesting.

  13. Just saw this on Pinterest in 2021.
    It still looks amazing!


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