"Vintage Chain" top finished

It's actually number 19 in my upcycled blues series AND my first one of the 2018 2" strips series (number 64 in that series). It's doing double duty this time.

Here's the back story on this one.

Someone had a picture of an old quilt and put in a Facebook Scrap quilter's group I'm in. She asked us if any of us knew the pattern. No one did. We all knew it was some sort of Irish Chain variant - but didn't really quite recognize it.

But she really wanted to make it.  So, I drew it up for the group in the EQ program. She said, "Thank you" and that was it. I'm not sure if she ever made it up.

But I decided I wanted to make it. I drew it up in what I think of as 1930's colors - and I love it how I drew it up. But then I decided that I really needed to make another pattern that used a lot of my misc. blues

Yes, another one. Oh, you are groaning?  You don't need to make any of these in blues if you don't like blues!  Any could be made in pretty much any color grouping!

And so I worked this one with up blue and purple. I had not-too-long-ago found this gorgeous 100% Egyptian cotton sheet at the second hand shop. And so I bought it, naturally. The hand is fantastic.  I can't stop touching it. I think it was in January. I'm not letting myself buy any clothes at these places that have to be taken apart - but I will still buy sheets and duvet covers if I see them - much easier to use.

So, I decided that this had to be my next one in the upcycled blues series. ...remember that series that is supposed to be OVER? Well...there will be some here and there - some new ones I mean, since I'm still quilting the the first 18. Also, I managed to uncover a couple more bags of blue pieces of shirts.

Yeah. Ha.

But here's this one.  Since the pattern was actually an "old quilt" - I'm simply calling it Vintage Chain.

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 You can see charity quilts here - on the couch. I was having quilt a time getting it all done at the same time but when I just HAD to do something other than those - just as a break! Plus, I really was trying to get the blues down into two boxes..

You can see charity quilts here - on the couch. I was having quilt a time getting it all done at the same time but when I just HAD to do something other than those - just as a break! Plus, I really was trying to get the blues down into two boxes..

To say that I am pleased is an understatement.  But then if you know me at all, you know I really do love chains in quilts.  I am sure I've mentioned that before, multiple times!

The only thing that makes this particular chain quilt a bit tricky was when I laid it out, it didn't just take 2 blocks, like a typical double or triple Irish chain - but in order to make it "work", you need three different blocks. Two of them are just slightly different.

But in the end, I think I'm very pleased.

Here's a close up.

 A huge plus was that I used pretty much any fabric in it that didn't have a lot of white or off white as the background. Yes, some of my 'blues' are more like "low volume" blues than a true blue. But they have to go in some category and so they are called blues.

A huge plus was that I used pretty much any fabric in it that didn't have a lot of white or off white as the background. Yes, some of my 'blues' are more like "low volume" blues than a true blue. But they have to go in some category and so they are called blues.

I did draw it up in other colors - and here is the drawing in bright, "American Jane" type colors - which is how I first wanted to do it! I still want to, BTW.

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And the pattern.  Are you interested?  It's here!

 

Be sure to check out what my sis has to offer you over in the store!  You will be pleassantly surprised!



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