Friday, May 8, 2015

Fabulous Friday Finish! -- Nicey Jane Irish Chain

A long, long time ago I bought a Craftsy class, Twisted Irish Chain with Amy Gibson. I bought the class for one reason, I fell in love with her "My Favorite Things" pattern. 

As soon as I saw the quilt pattern I knew I needed to make it with my long hoarded stash of Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey.  I held on to it knowing that sooner or later I'd find the perfect project for it and I'm so glad I did since it is one of my all time favorite fabric lines.

The soft yellow background fabric is Kona cotton.  I believe the color is called Corn. 

Construction of this quilt went surprisingly fast since the 'chain' blocks are strip pieced.  I was very very careful and these blocks were as close to perfect as I could make them. 

 The outer triangles for the square in a square blocks are just a little bit oversized so the blocks can be trimmed to the perfect size.  

Arranging the blocks on the design wall took a while!  As you can see, here I am just trying to figure out where to put the square in a square blocks so I can evenly distribute the prints.  Once I had this placement figured out, it was just a matter of adding the chain blocks in between. 

The quilt top came together pretty quickly, since all the units were so accurately pieced.  I don't have a good photo of the quilt top due to inclement weather.  I finally just snapped this iPhone photo and sent the quilt off to the long arm quilter.

The quilt waited quite a while for binding, and then a long while waiting for photos.  It's a big quilt, about 85 inches square, so I needed 2 quilt holders and a sunny day!  The time finally arrived last week, and here it is--my Nicey Jane Irish Chain!  As you can see, it was a breezy day!  My quilt holders (daughter and hubby) had quite a time hanging on to the quilt!

The long arm quilter did a beautiful job on this quilt!  I couldn't be more pleased with it. 

The quilt is backed with a white on white print, although in the bright sunlight you can't actually see the print.  The quilting does look lovely from the back, doesn't it?

This is definitely one of my favorite quilts of all time.  Right now it's hanging in our entry way right across from this computer.  It's like summer sunshine and flowers and I smile every time I walk past it. 

Happy Stitching, everyone!


Average Quilter said...

It turned out great.

Jodi said...

Gorgeous! Would love to see a pic of it on your wall! I don't think I have a wall big enough for such a great size. I have some of those fabrics still :-) but just a tease.

Kate said...

yes, it is gorgeous and so happy

Mitzi said...

It looks fantastic, love the quilting on it too! I just came across some of my own hoarded Nicey Jane and felt a little stab of guilt for not having used it yet! haha!

Karen said...

Isn't it just wonderful when we find the right pattern for our precious fabrics? The irish chain looks beautiful done up in Nicey Jane. The quilting just compliments the design perfectly.

Lettyb said...

I loooooove this quilt!