Purple Irish Chain Quilt Timeline

Purple Irish Chain Quilt via www.helloquilting.com

This quilt has been one of those “problem child” UFOs. It’s a classic story. You fall in love with a friend’s quilt and decide to make one, too, but when you actually put it together you hate it. In this case it’s been particularly sad because I really loved the original fabrics I chose to go with this quilt. I may make another one someday with similar foreground fabrics but a different background fabric. Because I disliked this quilt so much once I assembled it, it waited several years to be finished. Finally I realized that the secret was to finish it for someone who WOULD love it, and that’s why it’s getting finished now.

Fabric for Purple Irish Chain Quilt via www.helloquilting.com


Started: October 5, 2014
June 17, 2019


Fabric Used: Purple Irish Chain Quilt Fabric
Finished Quilt: Purple Irish Chain Quilt


Nine-Patch Blocks for Irish Chain via www.helloquilting.com

October 5, 2014: When my friend Julie shows me a quilt she’s making based on antique she saw in a museum, I get excited and decide to make my own. The purple background is way outside my usual color palette, but I fall in love with the soft pinks, sages and ochres of the reproduction civil war fabric and go to town. I also use up the few cuts of the Thimbleberries House & Garden Fabric I liked (from the House & Garden Sampler Quilt), and some strips from the Hello, Yellow Quilt. All the strips and squares are cut and I’m ready to sew.

October 13, 2014: All the nine-patch blocks are done!

Choosing Backing for Purple Irish Chain via www.helloquilting.com

November 30, 2014: The top is done! Unfortunately I kind of hate it. I loved the colors of the civil war fabrics, but the purple is just blergh!!

December 2, 2014: I pair it with a yellow backing but I just can’t envision using it, so I fold it up and put it away and try to pretend it doesn’t exist for awhile.

Stack of WIP Quilts via www.helloquilting.com

December 27, 2015: I still haven’t pinned this quilt, not sure what to do with it.

January 6, 2016: Its been a busy couple of years and the top is still in the stack waiting to be pinned and quilted.

March 23, 2016: I’ve figured out what to do! The quilt that inspired this was made by a friend for her then toddler-sized little girl. But her little girl is now sleeping in a twin-sized bed, so I can finish this and give it to her! Yay!

August 8, 2018: It takes quite a bit of time to get back to this project, but eventually I take it down to the LQS to find fabric to use as a backing since the old yellow I had originally set out for it won’t work. I text some options to my friend and we decide on a pink civil war print that looks SO pretty with the purple.

Stack of Quilts Waiting to be Pinned via www.helloquilting.com
Quilting the Purple Irish Chain Quilt via www.helloquilting.com

August 16, 2018: The backing and batting are ready! Just need to pin!

August 25, 2018: The quilt is pinned! My friend and I decide that I’ll quilt through the chains and do a tie through the background squares. She volunteers to do the tying since I’m knee deep in finishing the Summer Lake Modified 2x4 Quilt and her own Blue Quintuple Irish Chain Quilt.

May 20, 2019: I finally get down the queue to this quilt! I start quilting.

Binding the Purple Irish Chain Quilt via www.helloquilting.com

May 22, 2019: The quilting is done — while I’m working on the binding I try to source as many fabrics as I can to share with people in the blog post Purple Irish Chain Quilt Fabric.

June 6, 2019: The binding is going on!!

June 17, 2019: Woo hoo!!! The Purple Irish Chain Quilt is finished!! It’s been a looooong wait for this one and I’m very proud for it to finally be done and given to my friend’s daughter for her bed. I’ve also learned that I should never give up on a quilt before it’s finished, because once the pink backing and binding was on I found that I really liked this quilt after all. Lesson learned!

Purple Irish Chain Quilt via www.helloquilting.com