Honeybees Irish Chain Quilt

I bought a beautiful collection of honeybee themed fabric last fall when I was in Alberta, at Addie’s Creative Fabrics in Cochrane. I thought for many months about the fabric and how I would like to use it, and finally decided on an Irish Chain. I believe this pattern is a triple Irish Chain. As it got closer to cutting time I added a few more fabrics to brighten the overall effect (the bright greens and yellows).

I took every possible measure to ensure accuracy because of the many small pieces: cutting with the rotary cutter, strip piecing in manageable lengths, using the quarter inch piecing foot, and pressing the seams so that they would nest. Thanks goodness I did all that, because it was still very difficult to get my corners to match, and my quilt top to lie flat. I think the large plain sections have a different amount of stretch to them as compared to the blocks with many seams, and that was the cause of my frustration.

I quilted the quilt in an all over pattern of chevrons (note to self – very time consuming for a queen size quilt), with straight lines around the border. As you can see from the picture Pippi the cat is already enjoying the quilt.

I still have some unfinished objects to complete, but I have been sidetracked by some adorable Beatrix Potter fabric that I want to work on next.

2 thoughts on “Honeybees Irish Chain Quilt

    1. Thanks. It was a lengthy process but doable because the number of turns was manageable. I’m in the mood for some free motion quilting now after completing this one with the walking foot.


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