My initial plan was to wait until later in the month to share this Irish Chain Twist but...well, things in my world change. Plus, many of you thought the middle of April was too long to have to wait to see the finished quilt. So when I woke up this morning, I decided rather than go quilt the enormous custom quilt on my longarm frame, I thought I would procrastinate a bit and write up this post.
Melissa over at Happy Quilting shares a Quilt Along about once a year and I have become a bit addicted to them. Her patterns are usually more star based but this year to celebrate the release of her upcoming book on Irish Chain quilts, she went with a chain pattern.
Here is the Star Surround I did in 2013. It is still one of my favorite quilts.
And the Star Light Star Bright I did in 2014.
The tutorials for all of these quilts are still available on Melissa's blog. I highly recommend them!
As you can see, this quilt is a lot more subdued than my usual quilts. When I saw Melissa's pattern, I decided to use this Quilt Along as an opportunity to pair a few 1930 scraps I still had in my stash with some Kona Snow. In fact I struggled a bit stretching those scraps to make the quilt. I was determined not to go buy fabric!
In order to finish the quilt, I did end up buying some backing material. I just did not have anything in my stash that would work. Luckily I found a great piece in the sale section at my favorite LQS. I even used the same fabric for the binding.
It is difficult to see, but I just quilted it in an allover popcorn design. It has no home so it will probably make its way into my Etsy shop.
Do you enjoy quilt alongs? I think they are a great opportunity to try new things and discover new methods for constructing blocks. I wish I had time to participate in more!
On April 23rd, Melissa will be sharing pictures of all the finished quilts made using her Irish Chain Twist tutorial. I have been following along on all the great fabrics and colors others are using and I am excited to see how each turned out. It should be a wonderful quilt parade!
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