Freedom Rings: A Visit with Sandi Irish

Irish Sandi Freedom Rings: A Visit with Sandi IrishMeet guest blogger, teacher, and quilt and fabric designer Sandi Irish of Irish Chain Quilt Design! Sandi’s patriotic Freedom Rings is patterned in the January/February 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting. Read on and don’t miss the acrylic template giveaway contest at the bottom of the page!

Hi Fellow Quilters! Thanks go to McCall’s Quilting for letting me jaw at you for a bit!

I have been fortunate to be part of the McCall’s magazine group a few times and, let me tell you, it never gets dull seeing something I’ve designed come to life in a magazine. I am really blessed. Besides designing patterns and fabric, I also teach machine quilting, quilt for others, work in a quilt shop, and watch my adorable grandchildren a couple days a week (the reason I don’t get more projects done).

Freedom Rings 600px Freedom Rings: A Visit with Sandi Irishlogo 350px 300x221 Freedom Rings: A Visit with Sandi IrishI made the Freedom Rings quilt top during the week of July 4th and I am writing this blog on Veteran’s day, fitting because my project was planned to be used as a Quilt Of Valor® project. I am thankful for those that have served in the military, and honoring those lost or wounded with our talents as quilters is a wonderful thing.  I’ve heard many stories of how a quilt has helped a veteran in their recovery, especially the men and women with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

One touching story out of Camp Ripley in Little Falls, MN, was a soldier that was having trouble readjusting to life at home. He was given a Quilt of Valor. It made him realize that there were many people that cared for him and it caused him to seek some help that he needed. These quilts are no small deed!

rainbow 400px Freedom Rings: A Visit with Sandi IrishEven though this quilt is done in patriotic fabric (thanks to Windham Fabrics’ Let Freedom Ring collection),  your QOV does not have to be red, off-white, and blue. A blue and white version wold be stunning. Or, maybe brightly colored stars with a black background and  ‘rings’ in black and white prints.


trimming 400px 300x224 Freedom Rings: A Visit with Sandi IrishWhen I designed this quilt, I wanted to do  some strip piecing to speed things up a bit. Because of this, there could be a fair amount of waste but, no fear! Those left over pieces can be used for a baby or wall quilt (maybe another donation quilt?). The pattern for the smaller quilt (seen below) will be on my website:  You could also use the remaining triangles for table runners, hot pads, or other small projects. I enjoy seeing the creativity of quilters and how they interpret my patterns. It almost always leads to a “gee, I wish I’d thought of that” moment.

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pattern 300px 198x300 Freedom Rings: A Visit with Sandi Irish templates 300px Freedom Rings: A Visit with Sandi IrishNow let’s have a little contest! I am offering two Quilted Jewels template sets (it comes with cutting directions and a starter pattern) as mentioned in the magazine. You can see them and a complete pattern line on my website. Click on the ‘patterns’ tab at the top of my home page. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below by December 6, 2015. Winner names will be drawn on December 7 and notified by email. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

Good luck and happy quilting!


Freedom Rings FLAT 200px Freedom Rings: A Visit with Sandi IrishThanks so much, Sandi! If you’d like to make a Freedom Rings quilt and don’t yet have a copy of the January/February issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here, or download the pattern separately from our online shop.

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33 Responses to Freedom Rings: A Visit with Sandi Irish

  1. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    Oh, I love star blocks and haven’t seen anything like your quilt before! Thanks for sharing and fot the chance to win the templates!

  2. kathy says:

    I love the Patriotic one! With so many in my family serving it would be an honor to give them one of these

  3. Erin Collins says:

    Your quilt is beautiful I will be getting the pattern so I can make a quilt if valor. I cannot wait to check out your website for more ideas.

  4. Diane says:

    Your Freedom Rings quilt is simply gorgeous! Love It!

  5. Love to do star quilts. want to do a QOV for my nephew who recent,y retireed after 23 years as a Marine. This may be it.

  6. Patty Happel says:

    Beautiful quilt! Thanks for the chance to win the templates.

  7. Carol McAdow says:

    I am working with two grand daughters (11 & 14) on QOV quilts. Your patterns are beautiful and inspiring. I think at least 1 is in our future.

  8. Renata says:

    Would love to learn how to use your templates. Beautiful quilt. I really like the colorful version.

  9. marge says:

    It is a great QOV – I have been looking for one to make and donate (the first one I did was my own ‘pattern’) Thanks

  10. Sharon says:

    Love you beautiful star quilt and I like using templates.

  11. Allison CB says:

    Your quilt is lovely and you are very generous! Thanks for the chance!

  12. Darlene Krystal says:

    That is a really cool quilt……We have a QOV here in Canada as well….they share some of the quilt patterns and at quilt shows they bring some of them…….a truly awesome group……love the quilt……

  13. Quilting Tangent says:

    Pretty multi-colored stars.

  14. Maxine Edwards says:

    Love that quilt!

  15. Linda Webster says:

    I love so many of your patterns. It’s amazing how many different blocks can be make using the Quilted Jewels template set.

  16. Karen Thurn says:

    This is a beautiful star quilt pattern. The story was very touching. I’m sure there are a lot more stories out there too.

  17. Chris says:

    Beautiful quilts. I have made several QOV over the years but yours are probably nicer. I like the I Spy.

  18. Linda Brown says:

    The Freedom rings is stunning…..very colorful……

  19. Donna says:

    Would love to try anew ruler.

  20. Sarah J. says:

    Oh these look fun! I love how they have a range of possibilities and the outcomes are so varied!

  21. Lori Morton says:

    Your Freedom Rings Quilt is AWESOME!!!! What a Treasure!! GORGEOUS!
    The Templates are soooooo cool! Would Love to Win them! Thanks for the chance! :)

    Happy Thanksgiving Blessings!

  22. Amy F says:

    Those are beautiful quilts! That’s so cool that you had leftover fabric for the small one.

  23. Jennifer says:

    That is a fantastic design – lots of possibilities in both coloring and layout!

  24. Nancy Hilderbrand says:

    I like the quilt I spy Diamonds

  25. Vicki L says:

    Love Quilts of Valor quilts. Great inspiration of the black and white fabric option. Would love the opportunity of winning the temples.

  26. Jan R. says:

    Awesome Quilt of Valor! Beautiful!

  27. Michele says:

    What a beautiful quilt…. and for an important cause.

  28. Doris McCarty says:

    I’m a scrappy kind of quilter. I love the very colorful block. It’s awesome!

  29. Summer says:

    Lots of fun possibilities with these templates!

  30. Judith Foster says:

    My fingers are itching to get busy on this pattern.

  31. Sandy Garrett says:

    Your QOV is lovely. Both my husband and I are veterans along with my oldest son. I’d love to make the two of them a quilt like it. Thanks for the chance to win the template.

  32. Chris says:

    What a great quilt! I love that strip piecing can be used for part of it. !

  33. Caitlyn Howard says:

    I really like the mini quilt!

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