Double Irish Chain – Anniversary Quilt!

My first finish of 2021! Hard to believe we made it through that last year.

This quilt is a commission work to help celebrate a couple’s 50th(!!) anniversary together. Their daughter reached out to me to help create a truly unique, one-of-a-kind gift for them to help commemorate the memories and events of the past fifty years.

I chose the pattern (Double Irish Chain) as a way to represent the ‘chain of events’ that led this couple to where they are today- and their 50th wedding anniversary. I created the pattern measurements myself. (Just cut up the fabrics in 2.5” blocks and figured out the dimensions of the white background based on that.)

It was mentioned that the couple loved bright, saturated colors and fabrics, and that immediately put me in mind of Kaffe Fassett- so that’s what we went with. You can’t get much brighter than KF! Can I admit that, while I do love many of the fabrics and patterns Kaffe puts out, I go gaga once they’re all cut up and put together in a quilt? I don’t know what it is, but every time I make a quilt using KF fabrics, that quilt is so deliciously rich with color.

The applique pieces are as follows: two intertwined rings, a book, a beaker, and a tennis ball. As you may have guessed, each one represents something special about the couple: rings for marriage, a book for their shared love of reading, a beaker to represent that they both met as scientists, and a tennis ball for their joy of the sport. I used my Steam a Seam 2 for all of the shapes, and then stitched them down using my longarm instead of my machine. The shapes were all in a purple/blue/pink Kaffe Fassett dahlia fabric to help them pop from all the warm fabrics. And that fabric- I may be buying more of that in yardage for myself, I loved it so much!

The backing is another of Kaffe Fassett’s fabrics- this time a cool blue/cream/plum colored dahlia fabric. This one actually has significance to the couple too- they are both avid gardeners and love travelling to Hawaii. I love how it pops opposite the front!

Just look at how gorgeous these colors are together. The contrast has me drooling.

Honestly, though, my favorite part of this quilt is the story behind the color thread of the quilting (and the reason their daughter thought of a quilt in the first place!). Apparently, her mother always told her that “their love was a beautiful tapestry before me, and I added silver and gold thread.” Isn’t that wonderfully sweet? In honor of that, I used a gold thread for the quilting.

I hope that the couple enjoy the quilt as much as I enjoyed designing and creating it!

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