This was I simple and fun St. Patrick’s day wall quilt that I created to ruffle the skirts of the uptight ladies in the Dublin, Ca. area. They were so close to San Francisco and yet so far away.
The used an Alexander Henry “Feeling Lucky” hunk print for the center panel. And a Irish chain pattern for the corners.
First cut out your panel. This will be your main focus. As this is a repeating print there will be things in the print that we will not want in the final quilt, i.e. the random foot in the right corner. We will take care of that foot at the end.
Next cut your strips for the Irish chain corners and for the borders. I cut strips of 3″ each. I cut 4 light green, 4 kelly green, and 1 dark green (used to create the center of the chain).
Next sew your strips together with a 1/4″ seam. Create two light/kelly/light and one kelly/dark/kelly. Once you pieces are created Iron them. I use Mary Ellen’s Best Press to Starch and size. And I iron to the Dark Side.
Now even out the strips by cutting off the ends.
Next cut we are going to create the Chained corners. I cut 8 3″ pieces of light/kelly/light and 4 kelly/dark/kelly.
Sew and iron. You should now have the four corners complete.
Next cut 2″ strips for the sashing. I cut 4.
Now we asemble the top. My panel was 12″ x 18″ So I needed 2 light/kelly/light pieces of 12″ and two of 18″. Create the center by sewing the strip piece to the sashing and sashing to the panel. And repeat for the bottom.
Now do the same for the side pieces. This one will be chain to sashing to 18″ strip piece. Then iron all pieces.
Now sew the sides with sashing between side and panel. And then Iron.
Next we layer and baste. Lay down your backing fabric wrong side up. On that lay down your batting. I use “Warm and Natural”. I find it workes the best for me. On top of the batting lay down your top. Make sure the top is 2″ in and cut around leaving 2″ extra between the top and batting/backing on all four sides. Now to baste I use 505 temporary adhesive. I pull back the top and batting half way and spray the backing the lay the batting/top back and smooth it out. Then I repeat for the bottom half. Next I do the same for the top. I pull it away from the batting halfway and spray. Then I lay it back and smooth it out and repeat for the bottom half.
Now quilt the patterns you want. I stitched in the ditch around the panel and straight lined in a criss cross pattern for the rest. Once quilting was done. I squared it up. Cutting away the 2″ around the sides. Remember tgat sometimes you will have some of the batting showing when you square it up. Don’t worry it will be covered by bias tape.
Once squared up sew on your binding and then label. If your creating a wall display like I did create a way to hang it before you bind. There are several ways you can do this. Last but not least, remember that random foot? I covered it with ribbon and a few well placed felt shamrock buttons.
I hope this inspires you to create something new and wonderful!!