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Imagequilter5
Feb 29, 2016 8:01 AM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
This one is for Magga! She wants to make one and I have never made one so we will be going along together. Hope you can all join in and sew along with us. Magga is doing a single chain and I am thinking of doing a double chain. Must go check out fabrics.
I believe Magga is going to use her jelly roll for this. I have some too so I need to get them out and play with color choices and such.
I have yet to decide on size also. What size are you thinking Magga?
ImageSharon
Feb 29, 2016 8:59 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I'm so glad you are doing this Barb. I've already watched 2 videos about the Irish chain and I'm excited to watch everything you do. And I've figured out how to do the single chain but am still a little in the dark about the double.

I don't have all the tools that I'm going to need but you better believe I'm saving my pennies.

The funniest thing that has happened to me from getting so excited with every post you all make, is that I'm trying to finish up a bunch of paintings so that I can get back to quilting. But every time I do a painting, I look at it when it's finished and try to see if I could turn parts of it into a quilt block. When I found the picture of Rob's quilt from our Quilt Show in Paducah, I realized why my mind was turning my paintings into quilts. It's because he painted a picture with fabrics and I loved that.

Anyway, too many words, but I do want you to know that you've all given me so much this new year. Thank you for all that you are doing.
Imagemagga
Feb 29, 2016 4:34 PM CST
Name: Magga
Reykjavik, Iceland
Ægir´s Mom and Charley´s girl
Thank you dear friends. I hope that there will be more sewing an Irish Chain quilt than me and you Barb. I have never made an Irish chain but It is very easy to do, actually a beginner project. I need something easy and relaxing as I have a lot on my mind these comng weeks.

Sharon I'm sure it will not be long until you start piecing a quilt top. Just don't start on a big project. A table runner, table mat or the new trend a bed runner would be a good thing to start on.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pHfIXnk_W4Ah

I'm going to make the twin size as per the video 62 x 72" plus border. For that I need only one colored roll, one white roll and a yard of white fabric. Except I bought a fabric light beige tone on tone that I will cut into 2½" strips and the plain blocks.
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Magga
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Imagegardenglory
Feb 29, 2016 5:19 PM CST
Name: pam
gainesville, fl
Ill for sure be doing one. Same as Magga, twin, using the one roll, or if I decide on a double, Ill just get a little yardage of the contrast fabric and cut those. OOOO maybe I can find some mini charms that would do the trick, that would sure help keep things the right size, and save hassle.
Imagequilter5
Feb 29, 2016 6:14 PM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
I have decided to just do the one also. I figured I would need more than one jelly roll to do a double. There is no way I could duplicate the jelly rolls that I have so I will keep it simple this time. I am trying to decide between a red background w/ black and white chains or a teal background w/gold chains.... Decisions, decisions.......
Imagequilter5
Mar 1, 2016 8:43 AM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
Or a black background with white/ black prints and a red main chain. As you can see, I'm still playing with fabrics. Hilarious!
Imagemagga
Mar 1, 2016 9:30 AM CST
Name: Magga
Reykjavik, Iceland
Ægir´s Mom and Charley´s girl
Good to know you have plenty of fabrics Barb. i'm getting excited to see what you choose Big Yellow Grin
Magga
Imagegardenglory
Mar 1, 2016 10:51 AM CST
Name: pam
gainesville, fl
Took out my 30's jelly roll, too much white Im thinking
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Then I see this jelly roll I dont recognize. Unroll it, and not my usual, but I loved loved some of the fabrics, and I thi8nk it will perfect for the single chain since the colors should show against the white. There is a jelly roll in the background, its also got alot of white, so didnt even unroll. This is my final choice. Just ordered a jelly roll of Moda snow, and a couple yards to match. Im pretty sure I got this when we did the block exchange and I was making two blocks with thimbleberries colors. I must have forgotten about it. Its not as dingy as it looks in the picture, or I would not even consider it.

Since this is about my fourth final choice ;-), please feel free to tell my Im on the wrong track. I also have a layer cake with the 30's fabric. The quilt on the tutorial looked good to me, and it didnt have much white in the blocks.

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ImageSiliolegma
Mar 1, 2016 10:58 AM CST
Name: Karen
Traverse City, MI
Well Pam, I'm glad it's you having to decide and not me. It's the hardest thing about quilting for me. I like to top jelly roll but then I'm really longing for spring. I also think the bottom one will be beautiful.
Imagegardenglory
Mar 1, 2016 11:14 AM CST
Name: pam
gainesville, fl
Well the top is sure my colors, not the bottom, thats whats hard, but I have the jelly roll, and I think it will at least work. Maybe a little previewing on the design board is in order. If I dont use the bottom one on this, I dont know how I would ever use it. Yea... its going to be the bottom one. I just realized I could make the four patch star quilt on the MSQC tutorial, with the layer cake and jelly roll.
https://www.missouriquiltco.com/land/promotions/leap-year/tu...
Imagequilter5
Mar 1, 2016 1:47 PM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
Use it for this quilt Pam and then if you don't like it, donate it/!!!!! That way it is used and you are done with it. You got the Thimbleberries colors for Betty and I in our last block swap; the snowflake one. Very much appreciated too.....
Imagegardenglory
Mar 1, 2016 5:44 PM CST
Name: pam
gainesville, fl
Just went to order my white jelly roll, Im finding using up my stash to be a bit pricey. I mean who can just order a white jelly roll. Ugh.

I am going with the thimbleberry colors. Boy I wish I had not misplaced those when making those blocks. Its much prettier in person, of course, if I had of used it for Barb and Betty, then I wouldnt have it now ;-)

I should be done sewing the charm quilt together and the inner border on before it comes, for free shipping, it was 7 days. Im still on the lookout for a large print outer border with the block colors.
Imagequilter5
Mar 3, 2016 1:42 PM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
I have started my Irish Chain! I decided on the teal and gold as I have enough fabric for that one. I'll save the red/white and black for another time.... I have sewn some strips together and started to make some blocks. I'll get photos up soon.

Imagemagga
Mar 3, 2016 6:40 PM CST
Name: Magga
Reykjavik, Iceland
Ægir´s Mom and Charley´s girl
Thumbs up Barb you started already Hurray! .
The last days have been very stressful for me, because of the home selling/buying process. The buyer of our house asked for 3 weeks to finance the purchase, but actually the 3 weeks became 7 weeks. So both contracts were signed today and a lot of money moved between bank accounts and we got the keys to our new home. I hope that I can start mine during the weekend when I have finished hemming curtains for my daughter Whistling Whistling Whistling
Magga
Imagequilter5
Mar 4, 2016 6:46 AM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
Take your time Magga. The beauty of this group is that we work at our own pace but still have contact with others doing the same thing. I have a couple of small projects to be done too. So now that I made a decision about what fabrics to use, I'll get the small things out of the way......

I know I go too fast sometimes. I think I forget that I have all the time in the world but that others do not. I'll just have to throw in a crochet or knitting or cross stitch project now and then!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Imagegardenglory
Mar 4, 2016 1:16 PM CST
Name: pam
gainesville, fl
Got plain jelly roll today, hoping to start this weekend. Ordered some yardage of it as well. Was I shocked to open the box and find that Moda snow, is light yellow. Im so bummed. I went back and looked at the video. She clearly says she is using Moda snow, but she doesnt. Upon another view, there is some yellow fabric laying there, but she picks up a white roll. Ugh. I just dont have the money for yet another jelly roll and yardage. Well, everything happens for a reason. Maybe another project will come along that I can use this.
Im not as forgiving that someone says in a video they are using one thing, and they are not.

Thank you Barb and Betty!!!! I put the 30's fabric away, got back out the Prints Charming jellyroll again, and it looks beautiful, perfect. Already started pinning first side. Yea.
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psychw2
Mar 5, 2016 3:00 AM CST
Name: Pat Hull
Othello, WA
I cheated.... I had some of the blocks already done for the 2nd Irish chain before you started! I just need to add borders to my first small Irish chain block project.

I'm headed to bed finally. Just got home from the hospital. I had my husband taken by ambulance to the hospital for possible heart attack. He wanted me to go home and try to get a decent night sleep. He's doing OK is stable. They want him over night and to do more testing.

Good night all.
Imagequilter5
Mar 5, 2016 4:52 AM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
Keeping Ben in my prayers Pat. Hope all is okay with him. Please le tus know how he is doing> Group hug Group hug Group hug
ImageSiliolegma
Mar 5, 2016 8:04 AM CST
Name: Karen
Traverse City, MI
Here's Jenny's simple Irish chain.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHfIXnk_W4A
ImageSharon
Mar 5, 2016 11:00 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I hope things are much better today for your husband, Pat. And I hope you were able to get some rest. Scary when that happens but you know all these ladies are sending you their best wishes. Me too.

I looked at that link earlier this week, Karen, that's the one I feel pretty confident I'll start with but not as big as Jenny's. I probably already have enough in my stash to do it.

Can anybody tell me what grade of cotton the fabrics used in quilts is best. I remember when Mom and I would make a quilt together here, she'd select the fabric from bolts of yardage and always made sure they were of the same cotton grade. That was before there were precut jelly rolls and squares, etc, but I know it's important. My old quilts were made of mostly outgrown clothes but there were very few fabrics then that didn't match, so no choices really. You could get muslin, pure cotton, or wool in those days, not many other choices. Tell me if I haven't explained this very well. I feel illiterate around y'all when talking about fabrics. There's a name for quilting fabric but I can't remember what it is.

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