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January 26, 2015
Double Irish Chain from Tim Quilts

I have a new antique quilt top.    I date it to about 1900 based on the fabrics.   It is mostly machine pieced.

Here are 4 different ways to piece a double Irish chain.

double irish chain

The second example is how this one was done.   The 25 patch was machine pieced


and in the alternating blocks the 4 corner squares are hand appliqued as you can see here from the back.


It is mostly brown and blue. (click pictures to enlarge)

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It is 74″ x 90″  and in pretty good shape, I should have no repair work to do.   I think I will ...

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January 10, 2015
Tangled Irish Chain Blues 26 from Virtual Quilter

Tangled Irish Chain 26

Yay! The Virtual Quilter did some virtual quilting!

Don’t know what brought that on … it was a spur of the moment thing … but rather like it.

The rest of the quilting would be nearly in the ditch … I hand quilt lines about an eighth of an inch outside the piece I want to sit up and be noticed, and filler designs, and by filler designs I mean some boring, small design which is just there to fill spaces, not detract from the patchwork or the quilted features. Diagonal cross hatch would probably be my choice here.

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