Creating, sewing and quilting this Irish in Chicago Quilt has been an overwhelming experience. I have lived with this quilt in my head, talking to me and urging me on. The quilt I had in my head was a whispery phantom, I now have the real quilt. If you missed the genesis of this project you need to catch up, go read part one.
I stitched all the rows together and had it all up on my design wall. I even stay stitched all the way around. This is something I want to always do from now on.
In my head, the river was a bit more flowy but this is a deconstructed Irish chain, it has to be a bit more cubist. (Does this make me Kathy Picasso?)
I made the back and loaded it all on my Gammill buddy, Gladys.
Geometric quilting is some of my favorite kind so I continued it in the grey sky.
I quilted mini cityscapes in each sky part but I switched thread and used light grey.
The whole river part I did in green. I quilted shamrocks in the shamrocks and squares in the quays. The river I did in a fairly close water meander. I wanted all green on the bottom to show how the river takes over the city on St. Patrick's day.
Once I got it all quilted I trimmed it rough, leaving a bit of batting until I decided on the border.
The top fabric is the backing, the shamrock is on the far side. I got another green out to audition and that one pleased me.
I liked introducing yet another shade of green.
And it gave an Irish frame to the whole quilt. I cut the batting way down and created a continuous seam border.
I then sewed the binding on by hand. I had put a lot of thought into this quilt, I decided to finish it up perfectly. Not that it is a perfect quilt, far from it. But it has a lot of thought and careful work in it.
And I think I did it, I recreated the scene I wanted to!
Do you remember that shot?
But I do love having my own dyed green Chicago River of my very own in my Irish in Chicago Quilt!
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Is this my only post about a modern quilt? No, I made a blue one you might like as well.