Irish Charm

After my disappointment with Moda’s very cream-coloured “Snow” the other week, I couldn’t get the idea of a scrappy Irish Chain out of my head.  And I couldn’t get anything into my head, either, so I had several therapeutic no-brain days of cutting out and then sewing together many, many 2.5″ squares to make this:

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The biscuity-gold squares are mostly from the Moda scrap packs I bought the other week, the cream background is a combo of the Moda Snow and cream-on-cream Cold Spell layer cakes (I figured they were so close in colour that I might as well pretend that they were the same), and the floral bits of the chains are about half a strip roll of floral prints that my aunt and uncle brought me back from the ‘States as a present.  Other than the overall layout of cream background, gold frame and floral chains, there was no particular piecing plan beyond “try not to put two squares of the same floral print directly next to each other (corners don’t count)” – this was a real absence of mind effort!  For all that, I am rather fond of it.

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Some of the scraps of goldish prints weren’t quite big enough to cut a 2.5″ square, so I cut 1.5″ squares instead and pieced them to make 2.5″ four-patches – a bunch of these mini four-patches are sprinkled throughout the top like fabric Easter eggs.  🙂

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Funnily, although I was worried about the blue-ish squares not being right during piecing, it’s the pink/purple squares that really leap out in the final design.  I think that’s ok though – looks a bit like blossom peeking out from foliage.  Or something.  It’s not a “charm” quilt in the strictest sense, but I decided it was fairly charming anyway so the name Irish Charm stuck.  You can see that I cheated a bit on the sides – even with the four-patches I didn’t have enough gold squares to do a 5×5 layout, so I did a 4×5 layout instead and then cut the blocks on one side in half and moved half to the opposite side to balance up the design.  Here’s an earlier layout before the blocks were joined (on my bed because that’s the largest available flat surface!):

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It came out very Country Cottage, though a good friend assured me that this is totally fine because I live in a country cottage!  (Please ignore the horrific wallpaper though – it’s a rental property and has the décor from DIY Hell.)

Although I put this together with the idea of giving it to my aunt and uncle who so kindly hosted us when we were between houses and helped so much with the commission quilt I had to do, I’m not sure it’s really them.  I think it needs a border, though, so I shall give it one and listen to see if it tells me where it wants to live.  🙂  For quilting, I’m thinking something fairly simple – maybe cross-hatching on the cream background and a sort of viney flowery FMQ thing along the chains.  Gotta source/piece a back first though!  And find somewhere suitable to pin-baste it – now that’s the HARD part.

Linking up with Oh Scrap!  🙂

14 thoughts on “Irish Charm”

  1. Saw this on Oh Scrap…it is simply wonderful. I love your colors….very peaceful and shabby chic.

    1. Thank you so much for commenting! I think the calmness of it is a lot of why I like it, too. 🙂

    1. Thanks! I was a bit worried that it was a bit cheaty of me to just cut the blocks in half like that, but it’s MY quilt, darnit! 😀

    1. Thanks Cynthia! I always enjoy joining your link-up when I have a suitable something to show. 🙂

  2. I think it’s a very romantic cottage look, and a border will be a nice finish. I can’t decide what color I would use, though, so will look forward to seeing what you find works out best.

    1. Yeah, all those pastelly florals! It’s not the style of quilt I thought I’d find myself making, but I like it a lot. 🙂 But I’m not at all sure about the colour of the border, either, lol! Popped into town earlier and had a quick look in the little fabric shop there; she had something that would be fantastic for the backing (sage-green dragonflies on a cream-ish background) but nothing that leapt out as a candidate for borders. I shall drag it around the country to some of my other favourite fabric shops and hold fabric auditions! 🙂

  3. I love the low volume background with the colors of your chain pieces! So pretty and peaceful! I have also had that experience with a quilt where I didn’t know quite where it belonged until it was almost done. I’m sure you will find the right home for it!

    1. Thank you! Hopefully I’ll find a home for it by the time it’s quilted – which could be a little while yet! 🙂

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