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!