WIP: Craftsy Irish Chain Quilt

I am a fan of quilt kits.  It is nice to have someone else’s eye make decisions regarding fabric and color choices.  Craftsy has a ton of variety for every kind of quilter.  This is my 2nd kit that I have purchased from their site.


An area that I need to challenge myself more it using different fabric lines together.  I tend to use fabric lines versus mixing in other fabric lines/designers.  The colors work great with each other being the designers commit to similar color schemes.  I have a hard time mixing Bonnie & Camille or Tula Pink lines with each other – bit of a purist!


This isn’t my usual style, but I was drawn to the color and Free Spirit fabrics.  The fabrics are a selection of True Colors prints by Heather Bailey, Anna Maria Horner, and Joel Dewberry.  I’ve looked a making an Irish chain quilt for some time.  The kit provides a modern feel to a classic pattern.  This quilt kit is also part of a Craftsy class, The Twisted Irish Chain by Amy Gibson, of Stitchery Dickory Dock.


I cut the fabric prior to quilt retreat hoping for a very productive weekend.

IMG_2712I had a mess, so I tried to have some organization to the cutting and layout of the fabric with my clover wonder clips.  There are lots of little pieces to keep straight.   I am a bit neurotic with directional fabric.  I try to keep the fabric in the same direction to continue the fabric design.  I know a lot of people don’t bother with that, but I can’t really go there.


I brought this with to the retreat, but realized that I would need my design wall.  I was able to sew some of the gray chain squares and 2.5 inch fabric squares to start the 9 patch blocks.


I took some time to lay out the quilt on my design wall.  Thankfully, I had one roller open to use on this.  I need the visual and organization to make the 9 patch squares that are between the 6.5 inch fabric blocks.



Being I had extra fabric, I decided that the quilt could be a bit bigger.  I am not one to use scraps or make scrappy projects.  I rather use the fabric on the original project and go bigger.

After a few hours, this is my progress:




The backing is True Colors Mod Dot in orchid by Heather Bailey.  I was able to purchase that for less than $6 a yard during one of Fat Quarter Shop’s 24 hour flash sale.  I am still torn about what to do for binding.

SAM_0013 Binding options:  Lottie da dots in orchid or Lottie da dots in charcoal.

I would be very excited to have this quilt completed for the March 28th long arm appointment!

Does this count as part of Sew My Stash 2015 if I used a kit that I purchased in 2014?  I did buy backing and binding.  I think it counts being I didn’t search out the fabrics, I just  completed the project with the necessary materials.  Sounds like justification to me!

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced’s WIP Wednesday.

About My Pieced Life

I am in love with all things quilting. My sewing room has many works-in-progress and a large stash of fabric. I have big plans and lots of ideas of creations I would like to make. My wonderful husband supports my obsession and Carson, my Australian terrier, keeps me company while I sew.
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5 Responses to WIP: Craftsy Irish Chain Quilt

  1. Liz says:

    Looks great! My vote is for the charcoal binding, I think it will frame everything nicely and I like how it ties in with the grey squares/chains.

  2. I did this one! I used layer cakes but I much the small prints in your kit. I vote for the grey binding too.

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