Thursday, August 7, 2008

Giveaway #3 - Irish Chain - Closed

First off, thank you to all the wonderful ladies who left words of encouragement and advice concerning my machine quilting nightmare. Time and what you all said has added a good amount of perspective. Now I'm ready to sew that binding on and be done with it. Enough of that - on to much happier things - FREE FABRIC AND QUILT BLOCKS!



Here is Crafty Giveaway #3!! (Did you hear the trumpet fanfare?) ;-) This one is perfect for an end of summer quilt. I'm sure there are alot of you that are getting ready to go back to a school-year routine. You have limited time in between trying to find those obscure school supply items the teachers are requesting and making sure you're signed up for fall activities at the rec center. Or maybe your kids are all out of the house, but you could use a break from piecing tops and are ready to get to quilting. Here's the quilt I made for Twin B:

You are getting 9 of Block A and 10 of Block B. The blocks are 10" finished blocks. After looking at my quilt, I realize I'm giving away more blocks than I used. Crazy! But truth be told, I don't want to see any more yellow and green for awhile and I've moved on to other projects.
You will also get the miscellaneous fabrics in the second photo. There are strips, pieces and 1/2 yards - an assortment to be used however you wish. There may be enough to do a border. So how did I have so many blocks left? Well, for one, I overbought in the fabric department. I was going to do the star quilt in yellow and green. After doing the star quilt I realized I wanted to move on to something else (see a pattern yet?) and I whipped this puppy out of my back pocket.

Have you ever done a strip pieced irish chain? It goes so fast and is really rewarding. It's a great pattern for beginners too since it's all straight line, no frills sewing. This particular quilt is a double irish chain. This is a great way to use up your old strips for a scrappy look or you can do a deliberate color pattern as I did here. If you need instructions on how to make a single, double, or triple irish chain quilt you can go to this great website
here. They use the strip piecing method. I think I had this top done in 2 days - with interruptions! That is no small feat.

My first "real" quilt was this irish chain pattern for my oldest son. (Notice that horrible afternoon light that I talked about yesterday. Yuck! But I still love this quilt!)



He is a frog fanatic and I had this great frog print to use in place of the white.



Are you ready to enter now? Add your comment at the end of this post. Let us know if you've ever made an irish chain quilt. Did you use the strip piecing method or piece individual squares (AAHH!!)? This giveaway is open to everyone (international people also). If you would like to increase your chances of winning, write about my blog with a link to this giveaway. Let me know in your comment that you linked to me in your blog and you will recieve 3 entries instead of 1. This giveaway will close on Wednesday, August 13th at 10pm est. Good luck and happy sewing!

34 comments:

Scottish Nanna said...

I have never done am irish chain Quilt as I am just learning I will put it on my blog that you have a give away I would love to win.
Hugs Mary.

TLC said...

I have done a few irish chain quilts, always the strip piecing method. I can't imagine sewing it tiny square to tiny square! That would drive me insane! I love the color combo on your irish chain quilt and blocks. Very sweet!

Ulla said...

I have never done an Irish chain quilt but am familiar with the strip piecing method. I love the soft colours you have used! I have a stash problem myself and still working on my summer stash challenge quilt.
I'm having a giveaway in my next (100th) post and I will link to your giveaway in it.

Tine said...

I did use the irish chain pattern, not on a quilt but on a diaper bag :-) I used the strip method -no way would I have the patience or the skills to do it cutting individual squares!!
Your green quilt is beautiful, the frogs are fun!
This giveaway is fantastic. I will link to you in my next post, which should be up later today :-)

Narelle said...

I'v followed your link from scottish nanna and will add a link from my blog next post.

I have never done an Irish Chain but i'm loving the green and yellow. Strip piecing sounds the way to go.

chook said...

i have never done an irish chain quilt but it is on my list of things to do one day [it is getting to be a very big list LOL]
I would love to win your blocks and I will put it on my blog as well
hugs Beth

miniaturequilter said...

I have not made an Irish chain quilt, altough I'd love one, just haven't goten to it yet! Please ener me into your drawing!

Sue Cahill said...

I have already won one of your giveaways so I won't enter this one, that would be way to greedy. I just wanted to say I love this Irish Chain, the green is perfect.
Sue Cahill

Karen said...

The green and yellow are lovely and I would really like to try an Irish chain. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thank you for the batik squares. I'm working on the folded flowers. Have a wonderful day!

I AM said...

You are crazy...crazy I tell ya! I love that you used green for your Irish Chains. I've never attmpted this pattern, but I may just have to try.

Quiltersal said...

I made an Irish Chain quilt for my son and his first wife as a wedding present...the marriage lasted 3 years and she got the quilt in the divorce. I used the strip piecing method and it came out really great! I love the colors you used in the blocks..pick me, please!

Esther said...

I've never done an Irish chain quilt since I'm really just learning how to sew, but yours came out beautifully!
maumauisginger at gmail dot com

anne said...

What an awesome quilt, I have never made an irish chain quilt, but I have ooohhhh and aaahhhed over them. Please count me in and have mentioned the giveaway on my blog. Many thanks. Happy Stitching

Rose Marie said...

I've yet to do an Irish Chain and those yellows and greens can come home to me!

bookworm said...

I've never made an Irish Chain quilt before, but I've been looking them over for a while now. They are so simple, yet so complex. I really like the colors you have picked out! Please enter me for your giveaway.

Kerry said...

Hi Jen,
Found any spaces in that cupboard yet? I would like to be in on this one - and I left a link on my blog to spread the word for you.
Happy quilting!!

Kimberly L said...

I have never done an Irish chain Quilt. Actually if I were chosen this would be my very first 'real' project. I have only done small projects like pot holders and a few pillows. If chosen this would be the prefect project to help push me to the next level. Thank you for your generosity.

brn2lisn {at} gmail {dot} com

julia said...

Hi Jen, I've never pieced an Irish Chain but it's definitely on my list {as I'm just a beginner quilter my to-do-list is unreasonably long compared to the actually accomplished projects}.
I love the colour choice for your twin b! And I'd love to win, it's a sweet idea...it would kick-start 'my' irish chain project...!
Cheers, Julia
P.S.: I'm hosting a giveaway, too...maybe you'd like to visit.. ;o)

Vickie said...

I admire the irish chain,but as of yet have not attempted one ,I am sure it's on my too doo list - the green and yellow looks lovley , great giveaway,am popping it on my blog to share with others ,
cheers Vickie

Jeanne said...

I have made a Christmas tree skirt with the Irish Chain pattern. It was strip pieced. Please add my name in your drawing. I'll blog your giveaway in my next blog post.

Linda said...

Hi Jen, I've never pieced an Irish Chain but it's definitely on my to do list.
I'd love to win, please enter me in your drawing and I will tell others about your giveaway on my blog too. What a great idea to give to others like this....quilters that will appreciate your goodies! Hugs, Linda

Fiesta said...

I have never made an irish chain one though I did have a green and white one picked out. never quite understood how to make it.

Sunny said...

I have not done an irish chain yet, but it is on my "to-do" list. I imagine I will use the strip piecing methodI mentioned your giveaway on my blog.

FabricMom said...

I haven't made one yet but am getting ready to. My mom wants me to make her a double Irish chain. The instructions I have are for strip piecing. It looks much easier. As long as I can keep my seams even. LOL.

Myra said...

Hey Jen! I have never done an Irish Chain quilt, but if I do it will be in the strip piecing method... that's for sure! 8-)
I have posted a link to your blog on mine!
Happy stitchings!

martha said...

I have never made an Irish chain-but I would love to try. I do love yellow..and I did link to your blog:)

Egater said...

I love the colors Yo use. Green is my favorite color.
I have never done an Irish chain quilt but am familiar with the strip piecing method. Some day I will do Irish chain quilt but until this I would love to win Your giveaway ;)

DebsCrafts said...

Yes, I have made an Irish Chain using the strip piecing method. It was a double bed size in teal and black for my daughter.

I've linked to your blog from:
http://debsblogcontests.blogspot.com/

Joyce said...

I have done one Irish chain and it's still being hand quilted two years later. Maybe it's time to start another and machine piece it. Count me in please.

LINDA said...

I have never done an Irish chain but thanks to my darling father, I am half Irish and this would be a lovely thing for me to do. Thanks!

nclangs said...

oooohhh. I haven't made an Irish Chain, but I have been thinking about one. Usually I get sidetracked onto something else before I can try it out. I love those colors too. My Husband works for John Deere, so the Green and Yellow would be perfect! I blogged about your giveaway. Count me in!

ineke from holland said...

Uptill now I have not made an Irish Chain Quilt, but who knows what the future will bring - maybe your blocks......????
I like your colourscheme.
Hugs from Holland
Ineke

Tricia said...

I have never done a irish chain quilt but would love love love to have the chance to try one. Please enter me in this giveaway.
http://triciagardner.com

cpullum said...

I have'nt made one yet!! Would like too!!
cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com