Irish Chain Quilt
Few things say “summer” like classic blue and white, and this Irish Chain quilt is a dreamy summer quilt. Made entirely from voile and lawn, the fabric is buttery soft and cool. I am so pleased with this quilt!
A couple of years ago I scored some voile on a clearance sale for under $5 a yard, and I bought all of it (you can read that story here). This classic Irish chain quilt was the perfect project for it. Simple sewing in my favorite colors.
I actually finished this quilt more than a year ago, and wisely took photos of it at the beach house. I knew I would treasure having photos of my quilts here; what I didn’t anticipate was how hard it would be to write about it later. I know it’s just a place, just a house, but it was SO much more to us. We have grieved not having it in the family anymore, and are still hurting. I could write a book about everything that house meant to me. It feels like we lost my grandpa twice. But it’s time to get these photos in a place where I’ll see them more.
After all my indecision, I quilted this one on my Juki in a simple, straight line crosshatch pattern. For the backing I used what was left of the blue lawn and paired it with a precious piece of Lizzy House lawn that I’d been saving. I also used bamboo batting in this quilt, to keep it light and airy for summer use. It’s soft and a little bit puffy feeling. I love having it on my bed in the summer.
I also love these simple photos from a treasured visit to the dearest place. Today they make me smile with gratitude for the gift of the beach, and for memories. And quilts. I’m grateful for quilts.