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Country Lanes – Irish Chain

Posted on: September 12th, 2014 by Lorna McMahon

For the most part, my work tends to be bright.  And loud.
But this Country Lanes baby quilt is a delightful whisper from the past.

While preparing for my new series, Top 10 Tips for New Quilters, I needed to practice some quick and easy piecing methods to provide pictures for the posts.  And figured I might as well use those pieces to make a quilt.

The simple palette of blue and white, coupled with a traditional Irish Chain design, gives this quilt a vintage feel.  It’s subtle and dainty.  And refreshing.

And just the right size for basting at my kitchen table.

Russell, and Teddy, came along for an outdoor photo shoot on the old hay wagon.

The sun was sunny and the wind was windy.  But behaved long enough to get a few good shots of this simple quilt.  Using 7.5″ finished blocks, the Country Lanes baby quilt finished 37″ x 52″.

Keeping it simple, I quilted Country Lanes using an extended zig-zag stitch.  Also known as Honey Comb quilting, this stitch was a “must have” feature I looked for when shopping for a new machine at the beginning of this year.  Aunt Elna, as I affectionately call her, allows a maximum stitch width of 7.0 for this extended zig-zag pattern.  I lengthened the stitches to 3.0 and quilted along and between each seam line from top to bottom.

This project was the 12th use of my 100 labels ordered from MyOwnQuiltLabels.
And this precious patchwork is now listed along with the other Quilts for Sale in my Etsy shop…..
Where you can also find the pattern!

Linking up to Finish it up Friday with Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts and TGIFF! hosted this week with M-R at Quilt Matters.

Keep On Quilting On!

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31 Responses

  1. Love the quilting Lorna. I have that stitch on my machine but have never used it for quilting. I'm off to the machine to give it a try. I really like the look.

  2. inchworming says:

    So beary cute! Love the blue and white!!

  3. It may be a 'simple' quilt but is really cool – the quilting just makes it sing! I have to mess with my machine. . . that stitch is awesome!!

  4. Georgi says:

    Adorable quilt! I'll have to try that quilting stitch one of these days. 🙂

  5. Vickie says:

    What a sweet baby quilt Lorna ! And refreshing ( great word) ! Love the quilting….I'm learning to be friends with my walking foot…I've done straight stitching with it, and I'm pretty sure I have a stitch like that on Janome …. so/sew you have inspired me to try that on some baby quilts hanging in the closet waiting for some quilting love.

  6. DeborahGun says:

    I just love the simplicity of this quilt, and that blue has to be my favourite colour!

  7. Jayne says:

    Adorable! I love the simplicity. Beautiful Lorna!

  8. I absolutely love every thing about this quilt. The color, pattern quilting and the teddy bear is so cute. Debbie

  9. I like the simplicity of this quilt and the blue does make it pop but not take over, this is the kind of quilt I like to take pictures of grandbabies on.

  10. Ruth says:

    Teddy does a great job of modelling! Looks so lovely and fresh!

  11. Carla says:

    So cute Lorna! Great finish

  12. This turned out so well, Lorna! Fun how your series on tips helped you create such a different quilt.

  13. Carla says:

    Such a sweet little baby quilt. I love to use that big ole zig zag stitch. This one looks so cozy and warm.

  14. Love everything about this quilt Lorna!! Sometimes simple is best :)Amanda

  15. Love this cute quilt! Did you have any issues with the zig zag stitch distorting your quilt top? I just finished quilting a baby quilt this way and the top pulled a bit as I was stitching.

  16. Vicki says:

    Teddy looks a little scared up that high! This is a fabulous quilt. It is so simple and stunning.

  17. Jasmine says:

    Such a sweet quilt, Lorna! I love how simple and beautiful it is.

  18. Lara B. says:

    Fresh and sweet Lorna! Love the swiggle quilting!

  19. Lots to love about this post … My machine also has that stitch. It never occurred to me to use it for quilting — or really anything at all. It looks so lovely on this quilt. I'm always amazed at how crisp your quilts look. I'm always fighting puckers here and there. What's your secret?!

  20. Lisa says:

    I really like Irish Chains – yours is fabulous. And your quilting choice is perfect, what life it adds to this beauty!!! Visiting from Finish it up Friday.

  21. Lesley says:

    Love this quilt. So pretty and fresh with perfect quilting!

  22. Bright and fresh is always good. I sure love your Teddy!

  23. The quilt is a breath of fresh air! I love it.

  24. Shauna says:

    Lorna – simply stunning. Sometimes you can't go wrong with the simple, tried and true patterns. Love the colours and yes, it looks like a breath of fresh air.

  25. Unknown says:

    Oh that came out beautifully! I love the texture the quilting gives to it. It takes it from simple to stunning. Love it!

  26. Classic and timeless — wonderful!

  27. Vera says:

    It is very nice quilt and pretty pics. So clean!

  28. I need to remember to use the fancy stitches on my machine more often. I've used a zig zag stitch once before, but I always forget about them when I'm thinking of what to do. It looks so great against this quilt!

  29. Jo Ferguson says:

    I love this quilt and your choice of machine quilting, even more.