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The latest baby quilt for my new great-niece: an Irish Chain made completely from fabric from Mom's old scrub tops.  I used to make her shirts/scrub tops that she wore the years she worked.  She was an RT (radiology technologist or x-ray technician).  My niece, who just had her 3rd baby girl, is also an RT.  This new little baby shares a middle name with mom (the great-grandma).  Mom was delighted - with the name and the quilt.  

The baby's first name has celtic/gaelic origins, so this quilt is an Irish Chain. I used a flanged binding for this one, which was a first for me.  I don't know if you can see from the picture, but there is a tiny bit of yellow along the edge of the pink binding.  This one finished 38 x 50".  Hobb's Heirloom Natural cotton batt.  

The scrappy back.

Shamrocks in the alternating blocks.  I printed out a pattern and stitched through the paper, following the lines - or attempting to.  :)  Another first for me.  It is a little "wobbly," but my free-motion quilting skills leave much to be desired.  Something must be improving, because I didn't have issues with constant thread-breaking this time.  My stitches are not consistent, and most are too small/close together.  Too much foot pedal speed and moving too slowly around the pattern, but one thing about it, the paper was well perforated by the time I was done!  I will probably use this technique again.  It  helped me out quite a bit.  

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Comment by Irene Gallway on September 7, 2018 at 12:47pm

Your quilt is beautiful. I am working on an Irish chain baby quilt. I'm using flannel.  I don't think I will quilt it myself. I took a free motion class a few months ago but need a lot more practice.

Comment by Cat Lady--MO on September 7, 2018 at 8:54am

What a wonderful quilt with a lot of special meaning. Your quilting looks great, so don't be so hard on yourself. Do you remember how your first hand-quilted stitches looked?

Comment by Sharon Reeves on September 7, 2018 at 8:34am

The quilt is really fantastic, will be well loved and will definitely be a favorite as she grows. Your free motion quilting is really good. We are our worst critics, but others don't see what you see. When I use some cotton thread, it seems to break often. So, I have been using polyester thread and it doesn't break like the cotton. Now the next wonderful quilt for the great grand niece. 

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 7, 2018 at 7:39am

Thanks, Pam.  Can you tell from my "smudged" pictures that my grandsons have been playing with the camera?  I apparently need to clean the fingerprints off the lens.  :)  

I'll ask her about the papers.  

Working on the next baby quilt now.  That little great-niece is due Monday...

Comment by Pam/NY on September 7, 2018 at 5:13am

I LOVE IT!!!!! That is adorable. It will be her favorite for sure. You did great with the shamrocks! What a great memory for mom and now baby! Ask your niece, if she has ever read any of Gary Nieman's papers on ventilating patients with the APRV method or T-CAP....

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