Irish in Chicago Quilt part two

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.

Irish Quilt 2 re 1I sewed all the landscape rows first and laid them out on my cutting table.

City scapes are easier to get from your head into fabric. I was pleased with this part. Irish quilt 2 re 2

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.

Irish quilt 2 re 3I quilted the buildings in dark grey and created the suggestion of windows. I flirted with the idea of putting a green shamrock in one window but decided I had enough going on.

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.

On the bridge and stairs to the bridge I switched thread again to brown. It is fairly intensive to switch thread on the Gammill so I was sortof cursing myself.Irish quilt 2 re 7

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.

Irish quilt 2 re 5I am hoping you can see the green quilting in this shot.

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.Irish quilt 2 re 4

And I think I did it, I recreated the scene I wanted to!

Do you remember that shot?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am super glad that I finished this quilt, that I challenged myself and thought of an idea that I saw through to completion. Now I have to decide what to do with the quilt!

But I do love having my own dyed green Chicago River of my very own in my Irish in Chicago Quilt!

Sew happy!

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Is this my only post about a modern quilt? No, I made a blue one you might like as well.

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