Sunday, January 8, 2012

vintage quilt mondays :: irish chain in blue and white

Welcome back to another installment of Vintage Quilt Mondays! I'm so excited to share this quilt with you today. It is another one from the group of quilts that my step-mother gave to me, made by either her grandmother or great-grandmother. The pattern is the traditional Irish Chain design, and it's made entirely out only three different fabrics: a white solid (perhaps muslin), a navy blue and white floral print, and a navy blue and white pin dot. I think it's simplicity is stunning.

The quilt is in pristine shape. Which leads me to believe that it was probably never used, or at the very least, not used much as all. 

The quilt appears to be entirely pieced and quilted by hand.

There must be thousands of tiny stitches that make up the quilting, which was done in a grid-like pattern., echoing the small squares that make up the Irish Chain design. 

Here's a shot with my thumb in the photo to give you a sense of the scale of the squares. They're pretty tiny and measure about an inch or so on each side.

Isn't it amazing how modern this quilt feels, even though it's probably at least 70-80 years old? The simplicity of the design, the grid-like quilting pattern, and the vast amounts of negative space are all aspects that we see commonly in modern quilting. Yet this is just another example of how vintage quilts inspire many modern quilters, including me,  today.


Joanie's Trendy Quilts said...

What a beautiful Irish Chain quilt. Even better it is one that has been handed down through the family. This version of the chain is unique. It is a different variation and I just love it. Blue and white quilts too are a favorite of mine. Grandmother or Great Grandmother certainly put a lot of love into the quilt. It would be wonderful to know how long it took her to piece all those 1 inch squares.

Marissa said...

I love this! Icant believe how small the squars are!

Esch House Quilts said...

Irish chain has always been one of my favorites! I'd never have the patience to work with squares that small :)

pasqueflower said...

Beautiful quilt!

Melissa {polkadot chair} said...

I just wanted to say "hi" and how amazing all of your quilts are!!
I noticed on your blog you run the cinci modern quilt group? Are you in Cinci? I'm just down the road in Louisville..
so fun to talk on skype today...


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