Irish Blessings Quilt
I’ve broken down the quilt into 2 sections:
Part 1: The Celtic Twist background quilt
Part 2: Fusible Applique lettering and Lucky Charms
Celtic Twist Quilt:
White: 3.5 yards
Light Green: 3/4 yard
Dark Green: 3/4 yard
Binding: 5/8 Yard
Backing: 4 1/4 Yards
Batting: approx 70”x 85”
- 1/3 yard each of Pink, Purple, Green, Blue and Yellow
- Fusible Web
Celtic Twist Background:
- (10) 15.5” x 15.5”
- (10) 10.5”x10.5”
- (9) 3”x13”
- (17) 3”x13”
- (12) 3”x3”
- (14) 3”x13”
- (12) 3”x3”
Two different block types:
- Partial Seam Around The Block
- 4 patch snowball block
Partial Seam Around the Block Directions:
- Take a 13”x3” Dark Green unit and line up a 10.5”x10.5” white square along one side with tops matching.
- Now sew a 1/4” seam along the right side ending approx. 3” before the end of the white block. Press green away from white. This is your partial seam. See Figure 1.
- Now attach the remaining 13”x3” strips to the block as shown below in Figure 2.
- Once all 4 strips have been added to the block you can now go back and finish the seam you created in step 2.
4 Patch Snowball Block Directions:
- Draw a diagonal line, corner to corner on each of the 3”x3” blocks
- Take a 15.5”x15.5” white square and line up one 3”x3” block in the corner as shown in Figure 3. Sew along drawn line.
- Trim 1/4” away from sewn line and press open.
- Repeat on other 3 corners as needed.
Using the methods above make the following blocks in figure 4 (Note you do not need to add white
corner pieces as the background fabric is white):
Following figure 5 piece these blocks together. Pay close attention to the orientation of each block.
Unless you are using wide back fabric you will now need to piece a back for this quilt. As you can see I had fun piecing this quilt back and made a little rainbow scene.
Sandwich your quilt with batting, baste and quilt it as desired. We are quilting the quilt before applying appliqué so that the appliqué can stand out on the quilt. Do not square up the quilt and add binding yet. Leave that for after the appliqué.
My favourite part about this quilt is it is so customizable. Once you have picked your favourite Irish Blessing, use a word processing software on your computer to type it out. Then find a font that speaks to you. There are plenty of free fonts available online with a quick google search. I used “Arial Rounded MT Bold” which came with my software. Then change the font size so the letters are a good size for your quilt. Most word processing softwares have rulers that you can have displayed so you can tell how big your letters will print out. This part may take a bit of playing with depending on your phrase size. I set my font to 500pt which made each letter about 5” tall. Then print out one copy of each letter in your phrase. There is no need to print out your entire phrase because you are just going to trace these letters
*** For the next part you need the mirror image of each of your letters. Many letters will look the same if you flip them. Some may require you to cut them out and trace them backwards. *****
- Trace each letter in mirror image onto the paper side of your fusible web.
- Cut each letter out. It doesn’t need to be exact at this point, 1/4” or so outside each letter.
- Iron the fusible web onto the fabric in the selected colour following the directions on the package.
- Cut each letter out along the traced lines. You should now have letters with fusible web on the back.
- Lay your letters out on your quilt to find the perfect spacing.
- Once satisfied with the layout remove the paper backing and iron the letters on to your quilt following package directions. I found the easiest way to do this and keep the letters in the right place was lower my ironing board to lay flat on the ground and carefully move my quilt over top of the board as I went.
- Using your favourite edging stitch now sew your letters onto your quilt. I used a blanket stitch but the options here are endless. Satin stitch, straight stitch close to the edge or even a fun decorative stitch. During this part a few of my letters came loose with moving the quilt around so much. I simply ironed them back down and continued on.
- Print out the following templates at 100% or draw your own! I tried to have each charm fill a 8.5”x11” size of printer paper.
- For all charms except the rainbow follow the directions above to apply the charm to the quilt. You will notice I the picture below that I cut away the middle part of the fusible web, this keeps the charms from feeling too stiff.
Rainbow Lucky Charm
- The rainbow has 3 separate parts and they overlap. You will be attaching them to the quilt from the inside of the rainbow out. Trace the sections onto the fusible web, attach them to the fabric and cut out.
- Once you have each section prepared lay them out on your block to get an idea of how they will over lap and the position you will want them on the block.
- Starting with the pink, inner section of the rainbow peal the paper off (if you haven’t already) and iron it onto the block in the predetermined position.
- Next do the same with the yellow section making sure to line up the bottom of the rainbow and overlap by approx 1/4”.
- Repeat step 4 with the blue section. Then secure the sections on with your favourite appliqué stitch.
Now square up your quilt and bind it. Tadaaa you’re all done!
A big highlight for 2020 was being asked on to be an OLFA Creator. As a part of this role I was able to create a project complete with a tutorial for OLFA to publish on their blog.
Since I'm on a journey to make holiday themed quilts this year I decided it was the perfect time to make a St. Patrick's Day quilt!
The Irish blessing quilt was born!
Most quilting fabric is about 42" wide. When you are cutting strips, it is a managable size. When it comes to backing quilts it just isn't wide enough. Sometimes I solve this with adding extra blocks to the back or piecing the back with a bunch of other fabrics. Other times, I just really want the backing fabric to look like one continous piece so I've perfected my pattern matching. It is super easy. I promise.
Being an OLFA ambassador this year has provided so many cool opportunities. This one has been my favourite. I got to be part of OLFA and Aurifil's Slice and Stitch Challenge! How cool is that? OLFA provided a tool and Aurifil provided a specific type of thread and then I got to let my imagination run wild and create until my heart was content! And Voila!
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I’m pretty sure that’s wayyyyyy over the recommended tv watching guideline.
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This website has been almost 4 years in the making. 4 years! Take a moment and click around the website. I will wait. How was that epic journey? I know, I know, you're probably amazed at how intricate and full this website is. lol I'm really good at procrastinating.