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Irish Lullaby

Posted on: June 9th, 2017 by Lorna McMahon



It was a few weeks ago that I shared this progress post for the Irish Lullaby.

And I did have the top finished and backing ready before I started working on the Monkey Business I shared last week. But it took me a little more convincing before wanting to baste this quilt because it is a lot larger than my kitchen table.


It’s been a while since I started a new project by first choosing the backing fabric. I dug into the drawer of yardage and found this piece from the Urban Mod collection from Art Gallery Fabrics. Then I chose Spraytime by Makower UK for the background and because I love the cool aquas and vibrant green in that backing print, I chose these Kona solids to match: Ice Frappe, Azure, Pool, Caribbean, Cactus and Lime.


Of course, the quilting is my usual organic wavy lines using my walking foot. I chose a blue/green/purple variegated thread from Superior Threads for this, both on top and in the bobbin and I opted to bind using the backing fabric.




The “Irish Lullaby” lap quilt finished at 54” x 70″
and was the 35th use of my 2nd edition of 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.
Don’t hold this against me….


But this photo would look a lot nicer against a snowy background.
That is the one thing I do miss about winter!
I don’t design very many traditional styled quilt patterns. I do love to make patterns that include animals. But I was drawn in by the combination of the Irish Chain and the the star like block in the center of these blocks. This is called Irish Lullaby and can be found here in my pattern shop.

This design can be made using one colour along with the background, in both a positive or negative setting….

Or in two colours along with the background, as shown with this green and mauve setting…..
Or in a 3×3 colour setting along with the background…..
 Or in a 2×4 colour setting along with the background…..
By using one of these three block sizes:
10″ 15″ or 20″ blocks
The finished quilt would be one of these three sizes:
36″ x 47″, 54″ x 70″ or 72″ x 94″
I went with the 2×4 colour setting, but decided on a dark background.
And made the 15″ blocks so the quilt would finish at 54″ x 70″.




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Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts


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22 Responses

  1. Danice G says:

    Gorgeous Lorna. I love that quilt. The fabrics and the colorway you chose are perfect 🙂

  2. Gorgeous settings! Love how different this pattern can look with the different fabrics! Very stunning!!

  3. Jan Snell says:

    I really like your organic wavy line Quilting with the walking foot. Could you please answer three questions for me. What brand of machine are you using? How are you basting your quilt? Do you quilt in opposite directions or always from the same end? You may have answered these questions in previous blogs but I have just come upon your blog in the last few weeks and subscribed today.

  4. Grandma says:

    Beautiful, love the dark background. And your colors are great

  5. Heide says:

    What a beautiful quilt! Your colors ( including backing) are just stunning. <3

  6. Great quilt. I really like it in the red colorways. I need to finish my Bear Paw before I start anything large.

  7. Karen says:

    Oh, to piece as crisply and precisely as you do! I love the colors you used for this version–love me a good set of aquas. There's no Monkey Business going on here 🙂

  8. You might not design many traditional kind of quilt patterns, but the ones you do are lovely. Beautiful, Lorna!

  9. mangozz says:

    This quilt is gorgeous! I love your color choices and the design! As someone else asked, how are you basting your quilt and what machine are you quilting it on? Also, does it take a lot of practice to do the wavy quilting? I am new to walking foot quilting but would love to try this. Thanks Lorna.

  10. Paige says:

    Just Beautiful Lorna! I just love those colors against the dark background!

  11. I love this, Lorna! The blues and greens on the dark background are unexpected, but beautiful : )

  12. Linda says:

    Your quilt is so beautiful! I love your color/fabric choices!

  13. Nicole says:

    Love the colour combo you used. Very effective in this quilt.

  14. Ioleen says:

    Beautiful, Lorna. 💕💕

  15. Kathleen says:

    Beautiful quilt and as usual the quilting is gorgeous.

  16. I love this. It is so striking. I don't like snow, but I agree…it would make for an awesome photo.

  17. Pat says:

    This is a striking quilt. I love the colors.

  18. janeks says:

    Love the quilT! I just got my first batch of labels. Did not realize they came all the way from France

  19. SarahZ says:

    Oh my goodness, Lorna! The colors are gorgeous and the design is wonderful!!!

  20. Jen Shaffer says:

    Gorgeous quilt! Love the quilting.

  21. Oh Lorna, it is stunning! I just love love this and I am extra tickled because I own this pattern! Cannot follow another squirrel right now though…

  22. Anonymous says:

    Hey Lorna,I just love this quilt. You out did yourself. Each quilt you make is always gorgeous.Tea