Vintage-Inspired Pink Triple Irish Chain Quilt Timeline



Started: February 21, 2014
April 8, 2014


February 21, 2014: I’ve always wanted to make a scrappy Irish Chain, and since my first attempt, the Bright Scrappy Triple Irish Chain Quilt has been scrapped because of poor cutting skills, I still haven’t done it. I decide to try again, this time with one that looks straight out of the 1930’s, and using a newly drafted pattern I’ve made that uses strip sets instead of four-patches (much better!!). I cut all the background parts and borders and start collecting strips for the chains.

February 28, 2014: The first strip sets are going together! I’m doing the funny middle sets first that will make the edges.

March 2, 2014: Cross-cutting the first strip sets! The alternate block centers are all done, and I’ve done enough chain strips that I can see how it’s going to go together. It’s going to work!

March 3, 2014: I’ve got almost all the 2” strips I need for the chains now.

March 8, 2014: Starting to put blocks on the design wall for layout and assembly. This is going together very well!

March 10, 2014: The top is finished!

March 15, 2014: The quilt is pinned!

March 22, 2014: Quilting has begun. First up is quilting through all of the chains in both directions, but only where you stay on “chain” squares the whole way. I have another idea for filling gaps.

March 28, 2014: Before finishing the free-motion section, I want to do the border. I try a risky move to get the look I want: I bind the quilt FIRST, then go back and fill in the horizontal lines on the border so the machine binding looks like part of the design. I’m thrilled with how it’s turning out.

April 2, 2014: Now for my free-motion experiment. I’m moving across the quilt, filling in the cross-quilting on the chain “bars” and then free motion stippling in the spaces. I think it might work, very exciting.

April 8, 2014: The Vintage-Inspired Pink Triple Irish Chain Quilt is finished, just in time for my birthday!