It's day 5 of the Irish Chain Blog Hop and it's Friday!!! Yippee for Friday!!!
The first quilt up today is Breaking Up from the Twists on Tradition section of the book and Quilt Story is the hop stop!!! Megan Jimenez and her sister created Quilt Story at about the same time I started Happy Quilting. I loved the idea of a blog that shared the "story" behind others quilts. I am always finding I forget to "share the story" of my quilts, and I am so grateful to Megan for being a constant reminder to include that in my posts! Pop on over to see her stop ;)
Breaking Up was actually the first quilt I designed for the book. It was also the first quilt that was sent off to the publishers for the book, so I guess you could call it the guinea pig of the book. I love the almost Argyle look it creates by using different size squares and playing with the placement of focal prints and solids. This is another great layer cake quilt or scrap buster.
The next quilt to be shared today is The Village Square from the Appliqued Chains section of the book and Diary of a Quilter is the hop stop!!! Amy Smart is an amazing quilt blogger and one of my best friends. Honestly, sometimes I think we should have been sisters :) I am constantly inspired by her beautiful projects and love reading her blog for her daily dose of the real life, diary of a quilter. Pop on over to check it out :)
The Village Squares was such a fun quilt to put together. I know, lots of people get nervous when the word Applique is mentioned, but this is such a great design to dip your baby toes into the world of Applique. Since all of the appliqued houses are made of simple squares, triangles, and rectangles, you can still do all of the cutting with your rotary cutter, so fast. And secure stitching around straight lines is quick, fast, and fun and a great way to learn the technique. And in the end, you have a completely adorable finish and you have Appliqued!
And that is today's stop!!!
If you haven't had a chance to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway, be sure to pop back here and leave your comment to be entered. And it also has a list of all the hop stops with links, just in case you missed a day :)
Thanks for Hopping in today!! We will be taking a break for the weekend, so see ya back next Monday for Day 6 of the Irish Chain Quilts Blog Hop ;)