Friday, April 28, 2017

Irish Chain Quilt and Faded Memories Blog Tour

Irish Chain quilt - a free quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

Over the past few weeks I've had the chance to sew with a new fabric line from Penny Rose fabrics, called Faded Memories.  It's designed by Gerri Robinson (Planted Seed Designs).  The line has a mix of pretty, deep reds and blues (see all of the prints here).  For my project I wanted to keep things simple - and classic.  So I chose to use just a few of the blue prints from the line, and what's more classic than a good ol' Irish Chain quilt?

Faded Memories fabric from Penny Rose fabrics
The navy in this line is such a great navy color - it's not a black-navy, and not a purple-navy.  It's!  And the lighter blue color is lovely - almost a cornflower blue.

love this blue pottery!

See that blue floral border print?  I chose it because it reminded me of the pretty blue and white pottery (like this) that my mother-in-law used to have displayed in her home years ago.

Irish Chain quilt - a free PDF quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

Irish Chain quilts usually look more complicated than they actually are, and this quilt is no exception.  Strip piecing makes quick work of the nine-patch blocks:

Nine patch blocks - quick using strip piecing

You can make all of the nine patches from one print like I did here, or you could make it scrappy like in this red & white version.  

Irish Chain quilt - a free PDF quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

The finished quilt measures 56" x 68" (throw size).  Make sure you go here and grab the free downloadable PDF pattern for this quilt! 

Irish Chain quilt - a free PDF quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

You can see all of the other projects made with the Faded Memories fabrics at the links below, and Faded Memories  is available now in stores!

Faded Memories Blog Tour for Penny Rose fabrics

Monday, April 24
Crystal Delaney
The Clever Quilt Studio 

Tuesday, April 25
Joan Hawley
Lazy Girl Designs

Wednesday, April 26
Susan Guzman
SuzGuz Designs

Thursday, April 27
Jina Barney
Jina Barney Designz

Friday, April 28
Andy Knowlton
A Bright Corner


Friday, April 28
Penny Sturges*
Quilts Illustrated


  1. Thank you for sharing such a lovely and simple quilt design. I especially loved seeing the two colour ways, the red and blue! But of course being addicted to the colour blue I alway's tend to pick blue quilts. At this point in time I am making a blue and cream & blue tonal hexagon quilt and a blue and white sampler all are going to be either extra large queen or king sized quilts. So I truly do love blue colour quilts!!! Many thanks again. Julie Beard Adelaide Australia.

  2. Gorgeous blue & white fabrics and a great free Irish chain pattern. Double thanks!

  3. What looks fresher than blue and white . . . this quilt is beautiful :)

  4. So beautiful.Love your fabric combo!!

  5. What a lovely quilt, Andy!

  6. Thank you so much for this beautiful pattern, I am looking forward to making it. I love 2 color quilts!

  7. I am looking forward to making this for myself. I usually give my quilts away but I think I will keep this one because it looks so fresh and clean, thanks for sharing your pattern with us.

  8. Thanks for posting this! Really wanting to make this soon! Thank You for sharing!

  9. This quilt is amazing and I have found the exact fabric colors you have used with the exception of the cream colored one with polka dots, do you remember what line of fabric or print that was?

  10. So pretty!!! I love this fabric and wish i had seen this fabric when it came out! I couldn’t find any on etsy but maybe i will be able to find some. Pretty pattern too!

  11. I'm new to would I do this in a queen size

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  13. Sorry, at this time I only have instructions for this one size (throw)


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