Finished: Floral Chain Patchwork Quilt

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Happy Wednesday! I have a finished quilt to share, hooray! This quilt has been a long term work in progress (WIP), so it feels extra good to get it done and give it a proper post.

I've written a pattern for this design, which you can find for sale here: Floral Chain Quilt Pattern

I started this quilt back in the summer of 2018. I originally intended it to be made with only green fabrics. I cut tons of green strips and the plan was to use low-volume prints with the green to make a simple irish chain quilt. Well the fabrics sat untouched after I cut out most of the quilt. I pulled it out a few times over the years, but it wasn't until summer of 2021 that I really started to work on it! By that point I decided to go back to the drawing board, because I wasn't as excited about my original design choices.

Find previous posts about this quilt here: July 2021, August 2021, September 2021.

I ended up deciding to add some pops of color to give a little more interest! I stuck with the irish chain design for the most part, but used the color pops of turquoise and purple to create a secondary design. This change wasn't without it's hiccups. I managed to sew all the green nine-patch blocks with the green and low volume print in the wrong spots! Nothing a little seam ripping couldn't fix. Since the green parts of the quilt were so scrappy, I also decided to choose a single low-volume print to pair with it. I used a print from my Dreamin' Vintage* collection.

Not only did I change the design of the quilt last year, but I also decided to make it bigger! I am really glad I did! The finished quilt is 66"x78".

I love love love the print I used for the back of this quilt. I have been saving it for years! It's from Luxe in Bloom* by Sarah Watson. I'm so glad to get this cut of fabric out of my stash and into a project. Feels good. It was the perfect match for this project, which feels even better!

I've managed to end up with a surplus of Quilter's Dream Orient Batting*, so that's what I used for this quilt. It gives it a lovely drape!

The quilting was done by Katie Gouwens of Autumn Moon Quilting, and she did a fabulous job! I choose the design "065. Agate" from her catalog. I love to pair organic quilting designs with geometric quilt patterns. I feel like it helps soften up all the straight lines a bit.

I bound the quilt in a print from Nordika*, the same print I used on the quilt top. I remembered to use one of my woven labels again!

I am thrilled with how this quilt turned out. I think adding in those pops of color really made it special. It helps take it beyond just simple patchwork (not that there is anything wrong with that!). Mostly, I'm just so happy it is done. I think I've put it on my goals list to complete every year since I started it. It's always nice to cross a WIP off the list!

Pattern: Floral Chain Quilt Pattern (by me!)

Fabrics: Stash, Dreamin' Vintage*, Luxe in Bloom*, Nordika*
Quilting: Autumn Moon Quilting

Happy Quilting!

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  1. Yes, please publish the pattern! It’s lovely.

  2. there is something very compelling about this quilt, i love it and if you meant it, i would love a pattern, complete with color choices please!!!!

  3. I totally agree that the addition of the 'pops of color' really transformed this quilt. And nice, of course, that you could use some of your own fabric line + another long-cherished piece - makes it all the more special.

  4. I love this. I wish my scraps were that color coordinated,

  5. So pretty!! Love the colors

  6. What a difference those color additions make! Still get that baseline of Irish Chain, but with a bonus.

  7. Your quilt is one of the loveliest I've seen in a long time! The colors you chose, the pattern, the backing and the overall quilting just really are a feast for the eyes. Thanks for sharing!

  8. This my favorite type of quilt! It really is so interesting to look at all the different elements. Congratulations on a long awaited finish. Yes please, the pattern.

  9. This is just beautiful. How big are the sew squares?

  10. I would love to see you print this pattern! Thanks.

  11. Yes, please publish the pattern. I love this quilt!

  12. Hi! I love the quilt. It looks like a granny square pattern to me. I am not sure what an irish chain pattern would look like. I recently made a bunch of granny square blocks for a Lori Holt quilt, but the way she wants us to put them together is complicated. I am looking for something simpler. Did you simply sew your granny squares together on point? Whatever you did, it is gorgeous. I LOVE the colors and the backing is perfection.


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