Almost there!

Well, after devoting much of my weekend to it, my Double Irish Chains quilt is all but finished. Phew! All I have to do, as you can see from the pic below, is hand sew the binding - the perfect project for those lazy days of my New Hampshire holiday next week.

A rare spot of sunshine demanded that I take this photo in the front 'garden'.
There were a few miscalculations along the way, as well as a couple of unfortunate fabric mis-cuts due to sheer exhaustion, but eventually, I got there. I briefly contemplated free machine quilting when I'd gotten the quilt sandwich put together, but I quickly ruled that out in respect for my sanity. Instead, I followed the chains themselves, quilting diagonal lines in an unobtrusive cream thread. The effect, I think, is perfect, as the diagonals emphasise and draw attention to the chains while still giving the eye a little something to work with in the large cream-coloured patches of fabric.

A glimpse of the back 
For the backing, I used an extra-wide cotton in a light tan print that perfectly matches the small flowers in the dark blue squares and complements the writing on the light blue squares. Finally, for the binding, I sewed together strips of each of the featured fabrics on the quilt top. I mostly had the cream cotton left over, so the binding is predominantly cream with a few splashes of brightness added by occasional strips of light and dark blue print. 


A label without a name
I also threw together a label to be hand sewn onto the backing. The only problem is, I'm not quite sure what to call this little quilt. Since it's meant as a wedding present, any mention of 'chains' must be handled delicately, but, of course, all I can think of are the usual jokes about 'balls and chains', etc. Any suggestions for a more suitable name? 

Comments

  1. Linked? Instead of chains. Sorry, I am crap at quilt naming.

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    1. I like it! For some reason, just couldn't get away from 'chains' or 'chained' while I was trying to think of a title, but 'linked' is a great alternative!

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  2. What came immediately to mind was 'Entwined' is that any good? The quilt is beautiful and it is a fantastic present. Di x

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    1. Oooh, 'Entwined' is lovely....

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  3. I would be so pleased to get this quilt as a present... What about 'united' - x

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  4. Stunning quilt T! How about 'Irish Love Chains'?

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    1. Thanks, Judith! 'Irish Love Chains' is a great suggestion - love the idea of keeping 'Irish' in there somewhere!

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  5. Your hard work really paid off Tina. This is great! What about using the word "connections" to pick up on the chains/link/united idea and also the marriage idea of lives connecting too - like " Irish Connections" or something? I'm sure you'll come up with something great whatever you decide.

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    1. Think this is the one, Sarah! 'Irish Connections' keeps the reminder of Ireland in the quilt but also speaks to the bond my friends are making. Sweet!

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