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Topic: Black/Gold/Green Irish Chain Quilt  (Read 4125 times)
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« on: November 05, 2008 10:20:36 AM »

I seem to be on a posting roll today... so how about one more. 

I grew up with a mother who was a quilter in the 80's.  She taught me to sew by quilting really traditional patterns with very girly fabrics.  While her quilts were beautiful, I liked the idea of taking traditional patterns, like the Irish Chain, and making them with unusual fabrics.  Every quilt book seems to show them in floral pastels, or white as the center blocks, so I went the opposite direction and chose a black paisley with a strong tan/red/sage/gold pattern.  I made it to fit my queen sized bed and backed it with a super soft tan and black rayon velvets, so it's very warm in winter.  I never made any pillow shams to match it because I always seem to dislike them since they generally look ridiculously frilly, but I'm thinking of taking some scrap fabric and making a sort of "trim" edge with it on our regular black pillowcases.  Anyone else have any ideas how to make pillows that match, but aren't frilly and silly?


Whole quilt layed out on the bed.

detail shot of the paisley print.
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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2008 10:37:48 AM »

That is really pretty, great job!
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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2008 10:38:18 AM »

Very cool fabrics.  Love the color scheme!!  
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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2008 10:42:10 AM »

Beautiful quit!  You might take several squares from your remaining fabric and sew them in strips of two or three rows and add it to a couple of coordinating pillow cases.  Hope this helps.
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« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2008 10:49:58 AM »

Beautiful! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2008 10:53:54 AM »

Beautiful!  I would love to learn to quilt.
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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2008 11:24:55 AM »

Absolutely stunning! I love the color combination. I don't know that I would try to do anything very elaborate on the pillowcases, maybe just a strip of the dark background fabric, stitched to the edge of the pillowcase. To much else and the bed may seem too busy. Just my thoughts! You did a wonderful job!
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« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2008 05:59:47 PM »

you did a beautiful job, looks amazing.
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« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2008 09:00:13 AM »

So pretty - I too love your color/fabric combination!

My husband's uncle used to make a lot of quilts. He recently told me that he would frequently make a "pillow quilt" as a companion piece - essentially a rectangular quilt large enough to cover just the pillows, so at bedtime you just pull off the pillow quilt and snuggle in. I've not heard anyone else refer to them but it sounds like a neat idea to me.
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« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2008 09:19:18 AM »

Your quilt is beautiful. Good job!
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