Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Plans for Scrappy Irish Chain

  I got the Carolina Chain blocks put together, but not pressed yet, so no photo  :(   Instead, I settled on another block to play with next year.  This is an Irish Chain block from EQ7.   Actually, it is a single Irish Chain.





   And here is how I think I will modify it to a nine patch version.   It will look the same and be much easier to assemble using strip piecing for the 4 patch units.   And of course, I will do a scrappy version of this using up lots of floral pieces.   I know.....I sound like a broken record, but that is what fills my stash.  A nine inch block will use 2 " strips and those are what I have.  Perfect!
  The only debate in my head is the background fabric......mix it up, or use a single fabric?  I am going to let this simmer a while in my brain before I decide.
   I have one more shopping run to make tomorrow, a couple of items to wrap......and  that will take finish off my list.  I might just find time to have a cup of hot chocolate, put up my feet, and read a book.  Ah, that sounds so relaxing.  
Wishing you a relaxing day and happy stitching.

7 comments:

  1. Hot chocolate sounds good - great block to use those scraps.

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  2. Ooo, you just added more ideas to my ever-growing possibilities list! Love the way you've turned it into a nine patch. If it were me, I'd have to use lots of different fabrics for the background because I don't have enough of anything to do otherwise!

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  3. I really like your adaptation of the block! Very smart of you!!
    Hot chocolate and a book? Why didn't I think of that? Oh, yeah, because I haven't finished shopping or gift making. Enjoy! : )

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  4. Another inspiration - Thanks! I love the block and the idea of doing it as a nine-patch! I think you deserve a cookie with your hot chocolate! ~Jeanne

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  5. This is a really pretty block. It will make a great stash busting quilt no matter what you decide on your background fabric.

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  6. While you simmer...add this thought to the pot....the Irish blocks pieces are made from little bits of scrapso the bigger squares should be the same or very similar...scrappy is good but too scrappy is too scrappy....

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  7. Those changes will make it so much quicker and it's going to be so pretty in your florals. I'm taking a break, sipping hot chocolate and reading blogs, it's very cold here, I needed to wear my heaviest hoodie when I went out this morning.

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