Thursday, June 18, 2015

Irish Chain Quilts Blog Hop - Day 9

I'ts Day 9 of the Irish Chain Blog Hop!!  I hope you have been enjoying it, I know I have!!!

The first quilt up today is An Iris Braid from the Twists on Tradition section of the book and A Quilting Life is the stop hop!!! Sherri McConnell is a wonderful friend that is always up to some amazing fabric goodness!!!  She has created a wonderful pattern line and at this last market, introduced her first fabric line, Bright Sun that she teamed up with her daughter to design.   I just think that is so incredible that they get to work together doing something they both love!!     Pop on over to see her stop ;)

An Irish Braid was one of the first designs I ever made.  The original design is almost 4 years old, but it fit the book so well and has always been a huge favorite of mine, so it made it in ;)  Even though this quilt looks super complex, it really is quite simple, using strip piecing and jelly rolls to really speed everything up.  You can 2 patch your way to this beauty in no time.  So fun!!!

And  that is all 15 quilts from the book!!    But we still have one more stop for today and something special to share!!!!   The wonderful Jenny Wilding Cardon from Martingale Publishing has put together an Irish Chain Quilts summary post!!!  And she even has an e-book giveaway to go along with her post.  But Jenny didn't stop there.  As we were setting up this whole blog hop, Jenny asked if it would be okay if each of the folks at Martingale made up a block as well.  And of course, I said absolutely fantastic yes!!!!   So a few weeks ago I got this adorable quilt top in the mail!!!!  Oh, my goodness, oh my goodness!!!  You can see more about it by popping over to Jenny's post here :)

Isn't it just so adorable!!!   I kept the houses free from quilting so that when I threw it in the wash they would get those fun scruffy edges.  I just love it!!!  This quilt will also be delivered to Primary Children's hospital and I am sure will be a wonderful surprise for a special little child!!!!

And that is today's stop!!!

Tomorrow is the final day of the Irish Chain Quilts Blog Hop!!!!   So 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!!  I am so looking forward to tomorrow!!!  We will start with a general wrap up, then have the Charity Quilt Reveal and finish off with the Grand Prize Winners!!!  It is gonna be so much fun!!!  See ya tomorrow  ;)
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  1. Enjoyed the blog hop Melissa. Your designs are superb. Thank you and all your quilting friends for the colorful trip through your book.! Have a great day.

  2. All of the quilts have been beautiful - making a list:)

  3. This has been one of the best blog hops I have ever hopped! :-D
    I want this book.
    Good luck to all of the entrants in the contest.
    I love every one of these quilts. I am already going through my stash and box of precuts to plan each one
    Love always

  4. Amazing contributors to your blog hop. Loved seeing all of the projects. Thank you so much.

  5. An Irish Chain is on my "short list" as I have wanted to do one for along time! Love the different settings!

  6. One of the first quilts I made for a charity auction was a Double Irish Chain. I love the quilts in your book.

  7. A fun blog hop Melissa and it was great to see the designs in everyone's blocks as well as your competed quilts. I never would have dreamed an Irish Chain could be made in so many ways.
    Love the house quilt from the Martingale folks! So sweet and whimsical!

  8. I've enjoyed your blog hop. great job! Love your patterns. In fact, I'm working on Super Scrappy Single Irish Chain right now!! Just finished all the blocks last night. Now to start connecting! Congrats on your new book.

  9. That is a super cute quilt! Could you show us your quilting on it? How fun to have 2 quilts to donate!! Hmmm..... what if, as a final to your hop, you asked us for blocks ( you could stipulate a specific size) and we could make more quilts? It might end up being alot of quilting for you, but maybe you could enlist a few other machine quilter to help with that part? Just a thought. Don't forget , show us your quilting!! :-D Hugs, H

  10. Congratulations on your book.Anyone of the layout are fantastic.I enjoyed the blog hop!

  11. Really like this chain design. Thanx for the Hop. L

  12. My Great Grandmother was Irish with the name of Bridget--would be fitting to make an Irish Chain quilt in her honor!

  13. what wonderful quilts! Would love to try making some of these!


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