a single irish chain quilt top


I’ve never made an irish chain quilt, though I’ve admired them. I seem to be drawn to quilts made of two colors, but as of yet I’ve not been able to actually limit myself to just two colors. Obviously I couldn’t do it here either, though I did sorta limit myself to navy and gold (and gray…oops!)


This quilt was inspired by this Anthropologie shower curtain I stumbled upon on Pinterest. I liked the idea of using a print for every other block (the solid squares). I tried to pick one fun print, but then decided to instead go with yellowy green/gold as the one color, but use a variety of prints. I thought the variety of prints in one color was pretty fun so I decided to do the same with the navy and gray/white 9 patch blocks.


These colors were selected because I wanted to use a few of the new Cotton + Steel prints – I pulled out a couple favorites, a couple navy prints and a few golds, then realized that there were many other Cotton + Steel prints from past collections in the same colors. I included a few other navys and yellows that I found in my stash, and I’m pretty happy with how all the prints work together.


I think I need to find some clashing color for the backing – something bright and unexpected. No ideas in mind yet, but hopefully something perfect will pop up!


(Hazel’s a fan!)

Previous post about this quilt can be found here.

New Cotton + Steel is starting to pop up in a few shops! Be sure to check my sponsors in the right side bar for these great new collections!

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navy and yellow


I spent a little time picking out fabrics for a new quilt. I always love that part. I haven’t had a chance to start too many new quilts so far this summer, so it was fun to dream about something new. This color combo isn’t one I’d normally be drawn to, but I really wanted to use some of those great new Cotton + Steel prints in navy and that yellowy-green I love so much, and when I went looking for more, I discovered that I might actually have enough of this color combo to make something.

navyandyellow2(this Posy print is a favorite from Alexia Abegg’s upcoming Paper Bandana line)

It’s always hard to chop fabrics up when you’re not totally sure about what you’re making, especially when you’re chopping up fat quarters of prints that haven’t been released yet!


I went for it though, and made up these simple 9 patch blocks. (I don’t think I’ve made a 9 patch block since way back here, in 2009!) I’m waiting on a few additional fabrics I ordered to round this out, then hopefully should be able to add in the yellow and get this one completed!

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a Friday giveaway, thanks to Lady Belle Fabric

Happy Friday to you! Today I have a great giveaway for you, thanks to one of my sponsors, Lady Belle Fabric. You might remember my earlier post about their shop, but if not, let me give you a quick introduction!

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This great online shop is owned and operated by husband and wife, Rob and Brooke Becker. They offer a great variety of modern fabrics, offered by the yard and by a variety of bundle sizes – fat eighth, fat quarter, half yard, as well as loads of precuts.


Their site is easy to navigate, which is so important when shopping for fabric! It’s easy to shop by designer, manufacturer, or by type of bundle.

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Today Rob and Brooke are generously giving away a beautiful 34 fat quarter bundle of the Cotton + Steel basics. These are some of my favorite basics, and I think I add at least one to every fabric pull!

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Good news! This giveaway is open to all! To enter, please leave one comment here. If you’d like, maybe you’d tell me your favorite summer activity. I’ll select a winner on Sunday evening and will update this post.

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Update! We have a winner! Good old Random.org selected comment #150, Pam S. who said “Swoon! What a wonderful collection of fabric! Thanks for the giveaway Ashley and Lady Belle! This summer I am teaching summer school, sewing with my granddaughter, and going to a Rolling Stones concert!” Congrats, Pam!

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I hope you’ll take a minute to browse the lovely fabrics at Lady Belle Fabric. As a bonus, right now you’ll find a great sale going on with most bundles marked down by 15%, as well as sale yardage starting at just $3/half yard. Use code FITF to receive free shipping on orders over $50! Code expires at the end of the day on Monday, June 22nd.


You can follow Lady Belle Fabric on Instagram @becker1210 and on Facebook as Lady Belle Fabric.

Thanks, Rob and Brooke, for a great giveaway!


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