Meet 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).
I 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!
Even 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.
When 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: irishchain.com. 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.
Now 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!
Thanks 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.