Welcome to my stop on the Dust Off A Book Blog Hop, hosted by Beaquilter! I always like participating in this hop as I get to go back through my books and find something I want to make. I was torn between two books, Time for A Chain(1997) and Celtic Quilts(2000). I think there is a theme here??? I opted for Time for a Chain as I knew I would make it quickly and it would use a nice bit of fabric from my stash.
We were also challenged to find an old book in our shelves….that may or may not have served for inspiration. So, my contribution to this is one I bought when I was thinking about certifying as an appriaser, and was published in 1973. I think it is a pretty cool book, and it reminds me I have yet to make a Hawaiian quilt!
Time for a Chain
Time for a Chain by Nancy J. Smith and Lynda S. Milligan was the book I choose. I love the patterns in here, and they are pretty quick makes. I knew I had enough background in something and found a great print to make this quilt.
Constructing the Quilt
This quilt goes together so quickly. You have a choice in the size strip you use, mine were 2″ yielding a 7 1/2″ finished block. You make some strip sets, you cut them apart and reassemble.
This is a great project to spend a few hours each day and get chunks of this done. This was pretty much the way I did it: 1) cutting, 2) assembling the strips and cutting, 3)assembling the blocks, and 4) assembling the top. I would say it was a good days work – 8 hours, split over 4 days. I skipped the border – it didn’t feel as though it added anything.
I thought about doing some special quilting in the white space but I was pressed for time, and this is most likely a charity quilt, so I opted for an edge to edge pattern.
I used “Feather Delight” from my HandiQuilter ProStitcher library to quilt it. It gives it quite a nice texture and doesn’t overwhelm the quilt.
I love the way it turned out. You can see a detail of the gray and white batik (no idea of how old this piece is) and the Kaffe Fassett Roman Glass Blue. The backing is a blue Dit Dot Evolution print, which turns out to be really hard to photograph but has beautiful shades of blue. I love the way the fabric looks when you get a bit away from the whole quilt
Irish Chain 39″ x 52″
Pattern: Single Irish Chain, from Time for A Chain, N. Smith & L. Milligan
Quilting Panto: Feathered Delight
Piecing Thread: Aurifil Dove Grey
Quilting Thread: Glide 10000 White, So Fine 473 Brook
Batting: Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 Cotton/Poly
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A negative number….my stash is reducing!
Fabric in this month: 0 Fabric in this year: 16.75
Fabric out this month: 4.5 Fabric out this year: 20.00
NET Fabric: -3.25 yards!