Over at Simplify, Camille is hosting a Parade of Quilts (and lots of parenthesis) along with Carrie@La Vie en Rosie (who I’ll honestly admit I don’t know, but obviously I’ve been missing out because her blog looks wonderful and I’ll have to go get lost over there for a while after I’m finished here). Camille and Carrie want to see first quilts and last quilts, and I thought I might pass on this one (especially since I’d just posted something already this morning, and I’m lucky to post something twice a week but twice a day is unheard of and y’all might think I’m having an out of body experience and some other strange quilter has taken over and is madly posting to the blog). I mean, I could just be a sponge and soak it all in once the links to everyone’s entries were posted up on Monday but then I remembered that my first quilt (or what I call my first quilt anyway, which was really “one of the first quilts” if you need to be all technical about it) was an Irish Chain. The only picture I can find of it (well easily find anyway, since a 10 minute dig in the hard drive didn’t turn up anything bigger or better) is this little bit of a thing you see at the top of this post.
I made this quilt for my first daughter (who is now 17), to use in her crib and then on her toddler bed when she got bigger. It had cute fabric with baby foot prints all over it, which was what I used to decorate her whole room. What I learned: I don’t like Warm & Natural batting (or anything cottony for that matter); cotton poly blend isn’t that great for quilt backings, even when it’s sold as “quilt fabric;” binding’s not as easy as it looks if you want the corners to really be square; quilting in the middle of an Irish Chain pattern is a bit difficult to even contemplate if you don’t know about free motion quilting (and oh, btw, there still isn’t anything quilted in the middle of those big open spaces you see there ’cause Life got in the way). I also learned that even if it’s not completely quilted and totally perfect, the quilt will get used and loved anyway.
So why is this Irish Chain notable, and what made me decide to be a participant in the Parade of Quilts instead of a sponge? Well, (one of) the last quilt(s) I finished was an Irish Chain of sorts as well, but it’s quite a bit different and more involved. And of course, quilting a design in the middle of an Irish Chain block is way more fun (and doable!) now that I know how to put the feed dogs down and let ‘er roll!
So this quilt, called Accessorize Me—with Inchies! is the most recent large quilt that I’ve finished. The accessory motifs are fusible machine appliquéd, and the squares on this quilt are all Inchies. You can see more about this quilt here.
Thanks for stopping by to see my entry for the Parade of Quilts, and thanks to Camille (and Carrie) for sharing such a great idea! I’m sure there will be lots of eye candy just waiting to be discovered when all the links are posted. (I think Camille’s parentheses problem infected my blog post over here, so sorry about that) 🙂