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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Deana: Val's Archives: Irish Chains

This might be the first quilt I ever made.  I was in high school and my wonderful Grandmother thought I needed a special quilt that was embroidered by all of my high school friends.  She traced off the flower blocks for me (they were actually state flower embroidery blocks), and I passed them out to my friends.  Most of them came back but a few didn't.  I did those few myself.

Grandma suggested the Irish Chain pattern that I pieced without help from my mom but we didn't use rotary cutters back then.  I am amazed that it worked out using the old "trace around the card board" method.  I bet those seams were not 1/4" either.  How it worked out I have no idea.

I'm pretty sure Mom quilted it for me and her friend Deb Walker helped.  It is all hand quilted and it is really beautiful workmanship!


Cathy said...

Deana, what an absolute treasure! My grandmother's didn't quilt so I unfortunately don't have anything like this. I absolutely love it!

Valerie Reynolds said...

I too find it to be an absolute treasure!!! WOW!! you did great with the pieicing...and the quilting is amaaing! Think I love the most is your younger self handing out all the blocks to your cute!! (And them doing them!!)