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. Viki says:

    Your blocks are beautiful! What a wonderful way to celebrate an Irish heritage! Gorgeous!!

  2. Nancy Long says:

    I love the fabrics you are using in these blocks. I especially like the Easter Cross block. Good luck everyone!

  3. may mac says:

    I love the colors. Great fabrice for St Pats day.

  4. Maureen Niemeyer says:

    Mora na maidine dhuit or as I say “top of the morning to you.’ I adore your Fairy Ring block and your Seven Lucky Shamrocks Block. thank you so much for sharing.

  5. Geannine says:

    Laura – you Irish blocks are wonderful. My husband is very into his Irish heritage so I’m always looking for quilts projects to go with the other Celtic items in our home and his office. Your quilt will be added to my “to do” list. It would be great to have the fabric to make it with. Slainte.

  6. Cecelia Murphy says:

    I have just started to quilt and have been looking for an “Irish” pattern. What a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day present you have given me! Thank you so much.

  7. Boneita says:

    I love the Irish blocks. I’m not a green person but these are so pretty & I may try them but maybe in blues/teals & greens. Thank you for the very interesting blocks. I love trying the new ones. I’ve been quilting for 7 years & just now feel like I’m more than a beginner. Thanks again. Boneita

  8. trudy pickle says:

    What beautiful blocks! My husband and I both enjoyed them very much.

  9. Pamela Reim says:

    I have several friends that celebrate their Irish heritage in quilting. nice patterns.

  10. Carol Naranjo says:

    I want to make block 7. It looks like fun.

  11. Mel says:

    Thank you for the Fabric! I was so happy to win!


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