I finished my last low volume neutral scrap quilt about a week ago. It used up most of my light 2.5″ squares. And then, I made the mistake of looking at the 2″ square box just full of neutrals. What to do with these I pondered? I remembered I had some 9 patches with darks and lights and went on a search. There were some and you can guess how pleased I was when I found them and they had darks in the corners and centre and scrappy neutrals for the rest of the pieces. And no I have no idea why I had made them. However, the idea to make a Scrappy Irish Chain Quilt was born.
I made a few 4 patches with neutral 2″ squares to test out how a 6″ 9-patch made of 2.5″ squares with an alternating 6″ block made of 16 2″ squares would work together.
I didn’t love but I also didn’t hate it so went ahead and made the 4-patches into 16 patches.
That looked a bit better so I proceeded and made more 16 patch blocks to make a scrappy Irish Chain quilt.
At this stage it just looked like a hot mess to me and I liked the picture more than the quilt itself at this point. I wasn’t loving it at all. But I kept going with the theory that someone will love it!
Here are the first 5 rows sewn together:
The white in the top corners of the picture is snow! February in Canada – of course there is snow right?
And here is the finished quilt top. It measures 42″ x 54″.
I still think it looks better in a photo than it does up close and personal. However, this low volume neutral scrappy Irish chain quilt top is finished. I’m curious how I will like it after I quilt and bind it!
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12 thoughts on “Low Volume Neutral Quilt: A Scrappy Irish Chain”
Quilts always get better with time!!! It’s beautiful!!!
This is so cute! I love how you’re mixing 2 in. squares and 2.5 in squares in the same quilt. Very clever!
I feel confident that you will find it’s adorable after quilting, Yvonne!!
I really like the different-sized squares used. Lookin’ good!
Genius! A great way to use different sized scraps. Quilting will enhance the lovely scrappiness.
I always fall in love with quilts when the quilting ties everything together. This one will make someone very happy. Much better than having randomly abandoned quilt squares living in your closet.
I love the scrappy and colorful Irich chain with the neutral 16 patch. Great idea.
I think it looks great. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!
Hum, great idea to use up those 2″ squares. It looks terrific.
It looks good to me, but I like scrappy. Quilting can add a lot, and I sometimes find washing a quilt after quilting helps too. Look forward to seeing it finished
Love how those low volume neutrals set off those bright prints! Lovely quilt. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.