I met Sue shortly after I moved to Edmonton. She too was a resent transplant from Toronto and we connected immediately. Although we hung out for less than a year (she moved back to Toronto and her beloved cottage) we have kept in touch for over 30 years. She follows my blog and always posts such wonderful comments about my dogs and quilts. I decided to make her and her husband Lou a quilt for their master bedroom. It took a little digging to find out that she preferred traditional quilt designs and she loved blues and yellows……sort of French Country. I settled on a triple Irish chain quilt, something I’ve never done before. It was nice to learn something new while making a quilt that I hope they will love.
I used EQ7 software to design the quilt. Although I had played with the software a bit, it was the first time I had designed a quilt from start to finish using EQ7. Since the Irish chain blocks are fairly straight forward, I really didn’t need to use the software but it sure came in handy to audition different fabrics and play around with the overall affect.
My pattern required 10 different prints/colours following a colour and value range. It took me a while to gather all the fabric. I even had to order some from Ontario and Texas. The quilt has only 2 different blocks that are 13.5 inches finished. It is made of 7 blocks per row and 9 rows with an overall finished size of 98.5 x 125.5. Sue wanted it extra long so she could tuck it under and around her pillows.
The first block is made up of these 5 different fabrics:
First you need to cut each of them into 2″ strips.
Then you sew the strips together in a specific order to get strip sets made up of a combination of 9 strips.
Then you cut the strip sets into 2 inch strips again.
And finally you sew the strips back together to get the first block. One down and only 30 more to go.
The second block is made up of these four patterned fabrics and a white on white print:
Here is a completed second block. I needed a total of 32 of these puppies.
Here are the two blocks side by side:
They don’t look like much yet but once you get a few rows together the pattern starts to form:
This quilt was a monster to free motion quilt because it was so large. Here is a picture of me trying to work with all that bulk under a domestic sewing machine:
As usual, when I sit down in my lazy boy to hand sew on the binding, my little quilt helper always has to plop her cute little body right in the middle of my work.
This is what the quilt looked like in EQ7 after I finished designing it:
And here is the actual finished quilt: Sue’s “Summer Breeze” Triple Irish chain:
A little bit closer to see some of the quilting detail:
A real close up look at the quilting in the white block:
Another first for me on this quilt is adding a label. Sue really wanted one so I made one.
I hope you like it Sue……..??????
Update (2013JUN03). Sue just sent me a picture of the quilt on her bed: