New Ireland Blocks! Photos of #5, #6, and #7, plus fabric giveaways!

A while back I put the first four blocks of my Ireland quilt up on my wall and felt like something was missing. It took some time to put my finger on it, but I finally realized that my quilt needed some appliqué. The quilt I’m designing is super-scrappy and I also think of it as a kind of sampler quilt, which means that I want to use lots of different techniques in the blocks. Appliqué can be done in many fun ways and these next three blocks are going to show you some of my favorite techniques.

Block #5 is my Fairy Ring Block. We’ll be posting instructions for it later this week. Here’s a photo of it! Feel free to pin it to your Pinterest boards!

Ireland Block 5 Fairy Ring 300x225 New Ireland Blocks! Photos of #5, #6, and #7, plus fabric giveaways!

This was so fun to make!

I used English Paper-Piecing to make the ring of hexagons and then used wool thread and my machine to blanket-stitch the ring to a 14″ square of fabric. Then I centered the fairy hexagon and stitched it in place. Finally, I trimmed the square to 12 ½” x 12 ½” to finish the block. On our trip to Ireland in June we’re going to be teaching English Paper-Piecing… how’s that for a fun place to learn something new?! Which reminds me, if you haven’t reserved your spot on our Ireland trip, click here for all the 2012 McCall’s Quilting Ireland Tour information.

I had a lot of fun choosing the fabrics for this block from the Irish-themed fabrics I’ve been picking up (this is THE time of year to get them, isn’t it!!). Of course sometimes I get a fabric home and realize that it just doesn’t fit into my quilt, especially now that my quilt has settled into a jewel-toned palette that doesn’t seem to play well with fabrics that have any gray tones to them. When that happens I’m left with lonely fabric. Here’s a photo of one of my lonely fabrics:

harp fabric for giveaway1 300x225 New Ireland Blocks! Photos of #5, #6, and #7, plus fabric giveaways!

Isn't this fabric lovely? It just doesn't fit with my others.

I have a couple of squares of this fabric to give away! They’re both big enough to be an appliqué block background (at least 13″ square). If you think one of these squares could find a happy home with you, just enter by commenting below from now through March 18, and we’ll pick 2 random winners on March 19. Winners will be posted here.

Block #6 is my Irish Cross Block. We’re hoping to have the instructions for it posted by St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th. Here it is:

Ireland Block 7 Irish Cross 300x225 New Ireland Blocks! Photos of #5, #6, and #7, plus fabric giveaways!

This is an Easter cross to me, which is why pink thread flowers are blooming on it.

If you look in the center of the cross, you’ll see a little circle of shamrocks. I used the broderie perse technique to make them. Broderie perse simply means cutting a motif out of fabric and appliquéing it in place. I cut the little shamrocks out of this fabric:

shamrock fabric for giveaway1 300x225 New Ireland Blocks! Photos of #5, #6, and #7, plus fabric giveaways!

I love these little shamrocks, don't you?

It just so happens that I have 17 pieces of this shamrock fabric to give away! Each has 5 full shamrocks in it in case you want to use them for your block center. Enter by commenting below from now through March 18, and we’ll pick 17 random winners on March 19. Check back here to see who the lucky winners are.

Block #7 is my Seven Lucky Shamrocks Block. Instructions for this one will be posted later this month. Here’s a photo of it:

Ireland Block 6 Seven Lucky Shamrocks 300x225 New Ireland Blocks! Photos of #5, #6, and #7, plus fabric giveaways!

This was really fast and easy...and it's so cheerful!

All of the appliqué in my blocks can be stitched traditionally or fused in place with fusible web. I chose to fuse these shamrocks and then satin-stitch the edges with a tiny zigzag stitch. I didn’t add decorative stitching because I wanted to keep the block looking really clean to echo the simpler feel of the Lucky Clover Block (Block #1). Now, on to Block #8. It’s another pieced block and as scrappy as can be! Oh, by the way, feel free to pin the block images in my posts onto your Pinterest boards.

Thanks, Laura

3/19/12 Congratulations to winners – please check your email for instructions to claim your prize!

Winners of Harp fabric:
Barbara (3/9/12 post of 8:09 am)
Laurel Kohl

Winners of Shamrocks:
Dorothy Ragland
Maureen Niemeyer
Robbin Golden
Bonnie Meadows
Edna Kidd
Janet Walters
Sharon Griffith
Tambra Vandal
Cathy Byrd
Carol Sawchyn
Sharon M
Carla Riley Bell
Kay suddeth
Kathy M. Boice

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211 Responses to New Ireland Blocks! Photos of #5, #6, and #7, plus fabric giveaways!

  1. Mary Ferreter says:

    Love the fabrics you are using and the blocks!

  2. Yvette B says:

    The hexagon’s looked really fun. I love the fabric.

  3. Robbin Golden says:

    My brother-in-law who was Irish would have loved these blocks!

  4. Dorothy Ragland says:

    Have finished the first four blocks and have downloaded the 5th instructions. Thoroughly enjoying this experience. Had been planning to make an Irish quilt so have plenty in my stash just waiting for the patterns.

  5. These are lovely !!!

  6. These are lovely !!

  7. Just J says:

    I love all your Irish blocks. I can’t wait to make this quilt to honor my little bit of Irish heritage.

  8. Kaitlin Cuartes says:

    I love all the Irish blocks you have made thus far…I love the clover fabric as well.Very cheerful and Irish…

  9. Janey Cook says:

    Making of the green is a goal I have. Great blocks!

  10. Pam says:

    Love your quilts, my future daughter in law is from Ireland. I have been hunting for a pattern for her, these blocks will be great.

  11. Mary says:

    I like the blocks – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  12. Evelyn says:

    I love the Irish Cross block; stunning. You do great work.

  13. Wendy Bishop says:

    I love the color green. My daughter was born during March and my sister made her a quilt using green fabric. She ‘loved’ that quilt til it was gone.

  14. Debby says:

    I just love your blocks and fabrics. I have no Irish heritage but would still love to make a little quilt for St Patty’s day! Hope you enjoy yours!!!

  15. Rosemary says:

    The quilt blocks really honor the Irish heritage. I am anxious to see the remaining blocks. I would love to use the fabric to incorporate into a block for a quilt for my daughter. My husband is hispanic and although she resembles his side of the family, she seems to identify more with the Irish when she got a tattoo of the mascot of Notre Dame unbeknown to us!

  16. Patty says:

    My favorite is #7. I love green and shamrocks.

  17. Sandra says:

    Nice looking blocks

  18. Marijo says:

    All of the fabrics and block design are lovely. I can not wait to be able to make the complete quilt.

  19. Cynthia Allen says:

    I learned something new…Broderie perse….I had used this technique before but didn’t know it had a name! Thanks for the info!

  20. Kris says:

    Love them even if I’m not Irish.

  21. Sillenn says:

    Being 1/4 Irish, I’m really enjoying these blocks. Thank you

  22. Denise S. says:

    My Mom’s Birthday is the 31st of March and she is Irish, She would be so thrilled if I made her something out of these blocks, how beautiful they are.

  23. Julie says:

    I love the Celtic Twist block and the Irish Cross block. I’m not Irish, but I love Celtic knot designs. I used a Celtic heart design for a St. Patrick’s day applique table topper.

  24. Carol Smith says:

    Love anything Irish and your blocks are great.

  25. Diana Fors says:

    i love these green irish blocks. i would love to win.

  26. Elaine Phillips says:

    I love the fabrics, and especially like the shamrock block. I would love to win the fabric.

  27. Donna Miller says:

    We are all Irish at heart. We would love to make this quilt.

  28. Joni says:

    These wonderful and whimsical Irish themed blocks are cheerful and creative! The finished quilt will be fun to see – I would love to win this fabric collection! What a great way to build your stash with fun!

  29. Tammy Hempel says:

    Great blocks!! I really like all of them. I am looking forward to the next ones.


    Love the blocks and material I am missing Shamrock material.

  31. Carmen Wyant says:

    I just love the Fairy Ring block, I’ve been wanting to try some hexies, have the paper pieces & everything, just need 2 more hands & 12 more hours in the day!

  32. Patricia Davis says:

    Love these blocks. I just found this site and printed all the patterns so far. Hope to get started on them this weekend. Would love to win some free fabric.

  33. Kathy Upton says:

    Anyone who KNOWS me knows that I always give a good home to stray cats and fabric….:)

  34. Sandy E says:

    This is certainly going to be a spectacular quilt and a tribute to Ireland.
    Enjoy watching the progress you are making on it.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

  35. LeighZ says:

    Beautiful! I can’t wait for the instructions!

  36. Susan says:

    I like the harps and horns fabric–I am a musician.

  37. Margy Hodgson says:

    You do lovely work. Your trip sounds like fun too!

  38. Lournetta Smanski says:

    I really like the fabrics used. Especially do I like block #5

  39. Karen Gonzalez says:

    Very interested in irish history, especially quilt blocks, as I am part irish and a quilter.

  40. Jan Johnson says:

    I’m so excited about your Irish Quilt Blocks. We’re of Irish decent and our youngest daughter really embraces the heritage. I’m collecting all the blocks and will eventually be putting them together in a quilt for her. Thanks so much for being the creative genious behind these blocks.

  41. Anna Smith says:

    Have a Granddaughter who is in love with anything Ireland. Am thinking this will make a lovely quilt for her. Thank you for the patterns.

  42. diana stephens says:

    wow lovely! love the fabrics. thanks for the chance to win

  43. Pat says:

    Love the blocks so far. Can’t wait to see it all come together.

  44. Carolyn Landers says:

    Nice blocks so far. The fabric and the blocks are going to make a wonderful Irish Quilt. i have thought of making one for my daughter. Her father’s grandmother was an Irish from New York. Her parents migrated from her parents migrated from Ireland.

  45. Bonnie Larson says:

    Love the Irish fabrics. They really are suited for applique.

  46. Pat Hersl says:

    Love Ireland and bless my Irish roots, I like what you’re doing. Good work.

  47. I love all four blocks. Irish all the way!!!! The fabric is just fantastic. You did an excellent job in using the fabric on each of the block. They are great!!!

  48. Lee Jacintho says:

    Stash builder extraordinaire! Never enough greens!

  49. cathy McDowell says:

    My dad is Irish, he is going to love this quilt.
    and I would love to win the harp square of fabric.
    thank-you for this patteren. cathy

  50. Bev Gunn says:

    Green may not be my favorite color to sew with, but it sure is nice the see the new greens in nature’s spring palette! These would go great in one of my scrap quilts!

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