Bright Scrappy Triple Irish Chain Quilt Timeline
Once I started quilting again after my son was born, I KNEW that the first quilt I wanted to make (after I finished his rail-fence quilt), was a scrappy Triple Irish Chain. I had seen a vintage one on the cover of some quilt book or another (which one is lost to the mists of time). I didn’t have a large stash at the time and I wanted the quilt to be REALLY scrappy, so I bought a bunch of collections of 2” squares on eBay. I didn’t find out until later that some of them weren’t cut particularly accurately, and combined with a poor choice for construction techniques it was a total fail. I’m still want to make one, though.
Started: September 18, 2006
August 2006: I collect a bunch of 2” precut squares in lots from sellers on eBay. This is before precuts were available from manufacturers and were primarily hand cut.
September 18, 2006: I decide to build the Irish Chain using 4-patch blocks, which are tricky to keep square, especially when working with randomly hand-cut squares! Today my Triple Irish Chain pattern uses strip sets which are much easier to construct.
September 19, 2006: After a whole day of sewing I realize that the combination of my construction technique and inaccurately cut squares is a total fail. I scrap the project
April 7, 2007: I salvage all the 2” squares to use in a more forgiving project, Leader and Ender Madness.