Wednesday, June 10, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Reverse Irish Chain

It’s been a busy week over here, what with the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop and all, but I did manage to find some time to work on my current WIP.

As you can see, I still have some ironing to do.

This fun little project is a pattern I call “Reverse Irish Chain” because, well, that’s what it is. The print fabric and the background fabric are inverted from a traditional Irish Chain. I started with this gorgeous fat quarter bundle of Utopia by Frances Newcombe. The colors are so rich and bright.

After I stared at the fabric for a while, and petted it for a little while more, I cut into it and put it up on my temporary design wall. I’m usually one for a “design bed” or a “design floor” but on special occasions I like to pull out the big guns and hang up some batting; cause I’m fancy like that.

It was pretty much standard Irish Chain patchwork from there; large squares and 9-patches, over and over.

I have a few more rows to add and I’m hoping I’ll have a finished top by Friday. I already have a few ideas for how I’m going to quilt this one.

That’s all for now!

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  1. Love this fabric line, and this pattern is a great way to showcase the prints and colors! Love your "make it work!" design wall; I have a design window myself - a flannel-backed tablecloth clothespinned to a length of rope that I anchored to a curtain rod...amazing what we come up with when we're tired of design floors and beds!

  2. This looks great! Great way to show off the fabric. I have a space in my workroom that's supposed to be for a design wall, but that hasn't happened. I'm still using a design floor!

  3. This looks great! I love how it shows off the fabric.

  4. Very fancy design wall! But it works. Your layout looks great. Can't wait to see it progress.

  5. Looks great! I hope to make one like this someday!

  6. Looking so good, Sarah! I love this design and it really allows all your bright and beautiful fabrics to shine. Great progress on this pretty project!

  7. I really love Utopia and this is the perfect pattern to show these fabrics off! Just gorgeous!!

    1. Thanks! I agree about this fabric; it just call for a "showcase" pattern.

  8. I really like this collection of fabrics, so bright and colorful, perfect for the beginning of summer. Beautiful!

  9. Gorgeous! I like how you reversed the Irish Chain.

  10. This is really nice way to show off this line. I have been sitting on the same bundle for a while because I
    didn't want to hide it within a lot of seam allowances. Thanks for the visual. I really like the impact.

    Julie @ PInk Doxies

  11. I LOVE that reverse Irish chain...must get a pattern? Where did you get yours?
    I also want a design wall. I bought white felt but lack the wall space!

  12. The collection of fabric is beautiful! I am not surprised that you petted them. They look wonderful in the quilt.


  13. I love the reverse Irish chain, and it really pops in the bright summer palette! I'm curious to see how you are going to quilt it! Looking forward to your finish!

  14. Oh, Sarah, this is fabulous! I didn't know this was called reverse Irish Chain, but um, yeah, totally. I wold have never said I liked brights, but over the past year, I am more and more, and this one---sigh, divine.