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Scrappy Irish Chain



I’ve finished the Scrappy Irish Chain.  I used the pattern from Bonnie Hunter’s Adventures in Leaders and Enders.  The 4 patches were done as leaders/enders — but for two other quilts that I decided I wanted a different look to.  So, I repurposed the 4-patches, found a length of background fabric and completed the quilt top.  It had to age before it was ready to be a quilt.




  • Repurposed the 4-patches 3/21/12
  • Completed the top 10/11/12
  • 1593 pieces / about 6 yards of fabric – all from stash
  • Wide backing (works out to about 5 yards of 45″ wide fabric) – the only new fabric
  • 8 – 2½” strips for binding – from stash
  • Warm & Natural batting
  • Superior Omni Thread – Light Tan in the top
  • Used just over 3 Super Bob – Cream(?) pre-wound bobbins
  • Continuous Curves in the dark part of the chain
  • Alternative blocks quilted with  G1-10 from Pam Clarke’s book Quilting Inside the Lines
  • Quilted in two sessions on May 9th  & 10th (about 4½  hours total)
  • Finished binding May 13, 2014
  • Quilt top measured 68″ x 83 before washing and 63″ x 79″ after


  • Quilted on a rented Nolting long arm – I can’t remember which one.
  • Made a pillowcase to go with it from the backing and binding.



What’s On My Design Wall



Friday night & Saturday morning I quilted my Scrappy Irish Chain.  I’m still attaching the binding to the quilt. I can’t wait to wash this and see how it crinkles up.

Check out what others have on their design walls by following the links over at Patchwork Times.

Some Day Quilts

I have a list of quilts that I want to make. This is different than the pile of kits I have — obviously I want to make those, not only did I buy the pattern, but I have the fabric. I’m talking about my “some day” quilts — those quilts when the time is right that I plan to make.

At one point I had a log cabin in the works, but when the power went out the day I was working on it, I got distracted and didn’t get back to it. I’m afraid it got wet in a flood and tossed. Maybe I can retrieve the one my mom started when my brother got bunk beds. His son is the same age as he was when Mom started the quilts (and my nephew has the same set of bunk beds).

Earlier this year I tried to make an Irish Chain. That is to say I had fabric that I wanted to use, and I thought it would work in an Irish Chain quilt. I made a sample block, but it simply wasn’t speaking to me. So that fabric ended up in a different quilt and I still haven’t made an Irish Chain quilt.

Trip Around the World – back in high school, and before I understood copyright, I photocopied the pattern for Trip Around the World from one of my magazines. Who knows what happened to the magazine, or instructions, but I still have the picture (in black and white) and templates I drew on graph paper. I’ve even have a drawing of what colors are supposed to go where.

My top five “some day” rounds out with the Double Wedding Ring and Lone Star. With the exception of the Double Wedding Ring and some would argue the Lone Star, these are simple to piece quilts. Ironically, it’s the Double Wedding Ring and Lone Star that I have in progress.

I’m not sure why I haven’t gotten these quilts made, but “some day” will come and I’ll get them done.

What quilts are on your “some day” list?