Double Irish Chains
|A snap of the photo from this book.|
The only problem: the pattern was for a double-bed-sized quilt, and, having only ever attempted cot- and single-sized quilts, I thought it might be a bit too ambitious for the moment. Some very complicated mathematics involving several sheets of graph paper, various coloured pencils, and seemingly innumerable calculations followed, as you can see here:
Time will tell how accurate my calculations prove, but it all looks pretty convincing from here! With that sorted, it was on to fabric buying – one of the best parts of quilt-making, in my opinion! The bride’s favourite colour is blue, so I knew I wanted a navy print and another in something lighter with a bit of cream for contrast. After much happy trawling of all my usual online shops – The Fabric Loft, Fabric Rehab, The Cotton Patch, etc. – I eventually opted for these lovely patterns from Moda:
|This pic doesn't do justice to the fabric... it's a gorgeous midnight blue.|
|Again, the pic fails here. This fabric is a delicate eggshell blue.|
Sadly, this fabric has been sitting in the spare room waiting patiently for me to finish the Log Cabin quilt for what seems like ages! But, a couple of weekends ago, I finally had a free afternoon to get down to business, and I got all eighteen of the ‘A’ blocks finished. I’m really happy with how they look, despite a few wonky corners.
|One of the 'A' blocks all finished.|
|All of the 'A' blocks together.... an impressive stack, huh?!|
I've started on the ‘B’ blocks now and am looking forward to getting the quilt top pieced together! I was starting to think I wouldn’t get this quilt begun, let alone finished, before the wedding in mid-July, but things are looking up!