Friday, March 8, 2024

In the Irish Chain Tradition / Beauties Pageant 248

Irish Twist in Strawberry Lemonade by Sherri and Chelsi

I have had Saint Patricks Day on my mind lately. In part, that is because March 17 is on the horizon and I live outside of Boston, where the holiday is a big thing. Ive also started a second listen to the Last Seen podcast, which documents the theft of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 

If youre unfamiliar with that story, in the wee hours of March 18, 1990, and in the wake of Saint Patricks Day festivities, two men posing as Boston Police made their way into the museum, tied up the night guards, and stole 13 irreplaceable—and still unrecovered—works of art. Its a fascinating story, in part because the burglary was so brazen and so easily accomplished. (You can read more about the theft here.)

And the third reason Ive been thinking about all things Irish lately is that Ive been wanting to make another Irish Twist quilt. This design, following in the long Irish chain tradition, spotlights the space in between the chains to make a uniquely modern quilt.

Ive had an Irish Twist project in Aneela Hoey’s Sherbet Pips collection cut and ready to be sewn for months now, but there are so many awesome collections out this spring. I couldnt help but mock up Irish Twist in a few of Modas latest lines.

I think my favorite is the version in Strawberry Lemonade (by Sherri and Chelsi), at the top of the post. Those colors and prints are so spring-y; they have me wishing away these last few weeks of winter. Old Glory (by Lella Boutique), directly below, is the most "me" of the collections. I love red and blue together, but I think Id put those prints to work in something with a Fourth of July feel.

The third mockup surprises me the most. I tend to be rather blue-averse (when asked for my color preference the last time I bought a car, I asked for the color not-blue!). But Water, a collaborative collection from Ruby Star Society, goes all in with blue, and I like it!

These three mockups were made possible by EQ8, and experimenting with them scratched a creative itch for me. What do you do when you want to play with fabric but dont have the time in your quilty schedule to take on a new project?

Irish Twist in Old Glory by Lella Boutique

Irish Twist in Water by Ruby Star Society

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  1. Mockups are a great way to scratch the itch, but if you miss the tactile feel of fabric, I also like to go to my stash to pull colors to make a palette to photograph and perhaps use as inspiration later. :)

  2. I love your Strawberry Lemonade mockup. I finally feel motivated to learn how to use EQ8 because I bought a new laptop with a larger screen. For some reason it seems much more fun to learn with a bigger screen. Thanks for the inspiration, Michelle!

  3. That blue version is indeed really beautiful but then blue is not my least favourite colour. I had never heard about the Boston burglary! Thank you for sharing

  4. Hi Michelle, I've always wanted to make an Irish Chain quilt...maybe one day! These are all beautiful. What a difference the fabric makes.


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