Thursday, June 11, 2015

Unraveled - Irish Chain Quilts Blog Hop - .....E-Book Giveaway!

Irish Chain Quilts Blog Hop!

http://www.happyquiltingmelissa.com/

I can't tell you how happy I am for Melissa and her new book!  A couple of years ago at Quilt Market in Houston, while looking and admiring all the booths from the windows, waiting for Quilt Market to open up, we met Melissa and her Mother-n-law.  They were doing the same thing.  We hit it off right away and I remember thinking to myself how genuinely nice and happy Melissa is.  Since then we've become good friends and when I found out she was writing a book I was so excited for her and new it would be fantastic!  

The quilt I chose to review in her book is Unraveled.

caption Image Courtesy of Martingale Publishing, Photographer Brent Kane

I loved making up my charity block so much I did up another block just for fun!  I loved the instructions and how simple my block came together!


There are 15 Irish Chain Quilts in Melissa's book all with a contemporary twist.  This book is beautifully done and one you must have!!  

 
Book can be purchased here:
Local Quilt Shop, ask them if they carry this adorable book, if not have them order it.
Martingale (get a free E-copy with your order) 
 Amazon  (there is a Kindle version international friends)
Be sure to follow the other bloggers participating in Melissa's Blog Hop:

June 8th -    Happy Quilting - Blog Hop Intro & Grand Prize Entry  (you are here) 
June 9th -    Moda Lissa - Lissa Alexander
                    Fat Quarter Shop - Jocelyn Ueng
June 10th -  Piece N Quilt - Natalia Bonner
                    In Color Order - Jeni Baker
June 11th -  Amy's Creative Side - Amy Ellis
                    Sew Kind of Wonderful - Jenny Pedigo
June 12th -  Quilt Story - Megan Jimenez
                    Diary of a Quilter - Amy Smart
June 15th -  Freshly Pieced - Lee Heinrich
                   Christa Quilts - Christa Watson
June 16th -  Moda Cutting Table - Carrie Nelson
                    Little Miss Shabby - Corey Yoder
June 17th -  Fresh Lemons - Faith Jones
                    V and Co.  - Vanessa Christenson
June 18th -  A Quilting Life - Sherri McConnell
                    Stitch This! - Jenny Wilding Cardon
June 19th -  Happy Quilting - Wrap Up & Grand Prizes


....and last but not least is the Irish Chain Quilts E-Book Giveaway!
Giveaway is over...thanks!!
Just leave a comment letting us know if you've ever pieced an Irish Chain Quilt?  The giveaway ends June 18th.

~Sew Kind of Wonderful~

148 comments:

Sweckberg said...

I have never pieced an Irish Chain quilt. I am fairly new to quilting and am liking the new modern look very much. The Irish Chain is going on my list of "to do" quilts.

VA said...

I have not yet made an Irish Chain quilt, but I plan to soon. (Sooner if I win this book!)

Vivian said...

I did Eleanor Burns' QIAD version called "Bits 'N Pieces" which was my first bed-sized quilt. When Martingale introduced Melissa's book, I really liked the design variations she came up with so definitely could see another Irish Chain quilt in my future!

Glyn said...

Never have made an Irish chain quilt--but they are beautiful.

Dody said...

Not yet, but I'm a newest quilter. Give me time and I prolly wil. Lol!

Laura said...

I pieced an Irish chain many years ago. Love to try these updated and innovative versions.

Esther Grimes said...

I have yet to make an Irish Chain but this would be the book to get me going!

Sherri C said...

I've never done an Irish Chain quilt but would love to do one. Looks like a great book.

Glenda said...

Irish Chain is very addictive to make and the passion for sewing it gets right into your DNA apparently. I have a blue and white Irish Chain quilt sewen by my great grandmother a hundred years ago. And, I've made more than one, including a baby quilt that started out as something else but somehow turned into a giant Irish Chain block.
I had been sketching Irish Chains and thinking about Irish Chains and I guess my heart and my hands communicated with each other and left me out of the conversation. I am still surprised when I think of it.
The book sounds very inspiring and your scrappy version is very fresh looking.

Susan L. said...

Yes, I have made an Irish Chain quilt before. I have been wanting to make another for quite some time. This book just may be my motivation. Great patterns!

EmileeHope said...

I haven't, but there are several on my "to make" list!

Amy Losordo said...

I am enjoying this hop so much. You have a wonderful blog. I've made a few Irish chain quilts. They look great for baby quilts.

Patti said...

I haven't done one yet, but it's been on my list since I started quilting! Thanks for the giveaway.

Kathy L said...

I've never done an Irish chain quilt but this book looks like a good place to start.

DianeY said...

I've never pieced an Irish chain quilt, but I am getting very tempted too after seeing all these lovelies!

Crickets Corner said...

I've never done an Irish Chain quilt but the ones in this book look so new and much easier to do than the traditional ones.

LJ said...

I've not done an Irish Chain block/quilt. Your block is so pretty...thanks for sharing your block with the Children's Hospital.

Lynda said...

I have not done an Irish chain, but definitely want to do so and this book has been on my radar since market!

Alycia said...

I did a triple Irish Chain quilt for my aunt in Blues Purples and greens ( her color choices) it was a lot of fun - But I love all these new looks in this book!

Anonymous said...

I have not done an Irish Chain quilt yet, however, this book makes me want to make several.
dragonfly9716 at yahoo dot com

Lou said...

Have never made an Irish chain but looks like I may have too:) Love the variations in the book!

Kathy Schwartz said...

Yes I've made an Irish Chain quilt but that was years ago! Love the bright colours you used in your block and look at all the open space in the top for quilting!! :)

magistra said...

I have never made an Irish Chained quilt. Actually, I'm just in the finishing stages of my first quilt! I honestly didn't think I would be that interested in doing an Irish Chain quilt but Melissa has totally changed my mind! There are already two quilts on the blog hop that I definitely would love to make! So, here's hoping I win an e-book!

Me Time Quilts said...

I have never pieced an Irish Chain quilt but they have always caught my eye. It is definitely at the top of my list.

Farm Quilter said...

I have not made an Irish Chain quilt...yet!!! I guess I must have been waiting for this book!!!

Connie Cain said...

I am a newbie and have not yet made an Irish chain quilt. But it is on the top of my list to do. :)
craftyccain@gmail.com

Beth said...

I have not made an Irish chain quilt - but I would love to!

Jackie said...

I have made one Irish chain quilt for my Mom. I'd love to make another one for myself.

LeAnne said...

I've only pieced one Irish Chain quilt, and it was a long time ago.

barbara woods said...

never have but it's on my list

Betsy said...

I have not. Maybe someday.

Tina Jeo said...

I pieced a small sampler in a Jo Morton class but not one of a useful size. I would love to make one I can actually use!

Lori said...

your block is such a fun block. I love the fabrics you chose. bright and happy.
no I have not make a chain block quilt yet. sure seems like fun. just put it on my to do list. maybe I will start small and make some placemats first.

Jean Burke said...

I have made three so far - and will make another one this summer for my niece - a wedding gift. Her books looks terrific! I love your block - so happy!

MaryBeth said...

I've only made 1 Irish chain quilt but I do plan on making a Christmas one using blocks I received in a block exchange. I think it will be a great way to tie them together.

JANET said...

I have made a couple. My first was a triple irish, my first completed quilt. It was made during the OJ trial. I like this tour, and getting to see so many interpretations of the chain.

Hannele said...

I've pieced one, it's still waiting for the final touches!

Tspoon said...

Not yet but on the list.

Walter said...

Haven't done one yet but they always look great! pjrquilter at msn dot com

Lee said...

I am on the "not yet" list too! Would love to give this a go! thanks!

Lisa Marie said...

I have made several Irish Chain quilts and think they are lovely. I love Melissa's creative use of this pattern and think her book sounds great!

Susan Smith said...

I participated in Melissa's Irish chain quilt-a-long but that is the only one I have ever done. It was quick and easy and I would love to do another. I love your bright colors in this!

Katy M said...

I've never made an irish chain quilt but I'd love to try! x

Anita said...

Yes, I have pieced an Irish Chain table runner in red, white and blue.

Stacy said...

I have not pieced an Irish Chain before, but these pictures make me want to!

Lynn McIndoe said...
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Lynn McIndoe said...

Sorry I forgot to leave my email address in the comment above, so had to delete and re-do.
The first Irish Chain quilt I have made was Melissa's Quilt Along one- Irish Chain Twist. I love the quilt. lynnmcindoe at gmail dot com

Charlotta said...

I haven't made an Irish Chain quilt yet, but I'm determined that the first one I make will be from one of Melissa's patterns.

Mary said...

I have not pieced an Irish Chain quilt. I look forward to making one of Melissa's when I WIN her book/ I'm stalking the Bloghop. I had fun meeting her last year in Midway and You guys too!

Joyce Hennessey said...

I have not made one yet. But I will for sure.

Jessica said...

Never made one but i would love to. They're really pretty :)

Nancy said...

I have a Irish chain kit waiting in my stash to be done..
thanks for the giveaway

Unknown said...

I've made 2 Irish chain quilts. Love the book and the options for wandering off the standard path.

Lisa E said...

I've made an Irish Chain quilt. In fact I'm looking at it right now.

Kathryn said...

I've made at least 2 that I can think of. Love the diagonals.

KathleenD said...

I have not made and Irish Chain quilt. I would surely love to have a copy of Melissa's new book to guide me in my first Irish Chain endeavor! I really like the scrappy rainbow one on the book's cover.

Leslie said...

I haven't yet made an Irish Chain quilt but I have always loved the pattern. Love Melissa's inspiring ideas.

Phyllis said...

I never have but I am getting excited seeing all these fun variations!

VickiT said...

I've been looking forward to Melissa's book. I have always loved the way her tutorials are written. They're so easily understood, even when I was first learning all I could about quilting when I ran across her blog.

I have never made an Irish Chain quilt, but have plans to do so. The Irish Chain is in my top 10 list of those quilts I want to make.

I really love the colors you chose to make your block. It looks great.
Thank you.

Jayne said...

I never have made one! I thinks it's number 31 on my bucket list of 825 !

Karen said...

I have never made an Irish chain quilt but Melissa's book is updated and inspires me.

What Comes Next? said...

I haven't pieced one yet, but it is on my list. Maybe with a copy of the book in hand, I'll make it a reality. Love this block you made!

Diane Koenig said...

I tried piecing an irish chain years ago and found it very challenging. I love the scrappiness of your irish chain, need to try making one again.

Linda Gagliano said...

No, I have not.

Ellee said...

A while back I started an Irish Chain quilt which I had since forgotten about. Now I'm interested in finishing it and hope to find its hiding place. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

minibea12 said...

I haven't made an Irish chain quilt but would love to try soon.
nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

Bonnie58 said...

I love the looks of an Irish chain quilt. It is definitely on my to do list. Thanks so much for sharing!!

Sewgirl said...

Yes, I have pieced several Irish chain quilts, as they are great blocks for setting other blocks in-between.

Karen Thurn said...

Nope, not yet but after following this blog hop, I sure intend to. Love the quilts! kthurn@bektel.com

Quilting Dee said...

I have not pieced an Irish Chain quilt. I love modern quilts and this really lends itself to loads of quilting!

Jennifer Butler said...

I definitely want to!

Charlie said...

Yes, I did Melissa's quilt-along at the beginning of the year. It was great fun! And I love the design! Very easy to personalize

Kathleen RosePrairieQuilts said...

Yes I have.

Rachell said...

I have not actually made an Irish Chain, but I have planned several! They fascinate me, and I really should make one because of my Irish-named blog. I planned one in the traditional Reilly family colors of greens and gold.
reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

Becky Schultz said...

I have not pieced an Irish Chain quilt...yet - it's on the "bucket list" of quilts to make. Just wondering if the Irish Chain can be "curved up" or not???

Luke & Kelsie Frazier said...

I made a double Irish chain ten or so years ago. I'm anxious to try ALL of Melissa's Irish chains

Karens Quilts said...

The first quilt I made for a customer was a double Irish chain. I loved making it and he loved the end result. Since then I have always planned to make some more but haven't got around to it yet - this book would bring me an added incentive with its wonderful modern twists on this classic design. Thanks for the chance to win.

Heather J said...

I have not made an Irish Chain. This quilt is stunning and love the use of multiple fabrics. I too am curious if it can bye curved up using the QCR.

Rebecca Stevens said...

I have not made an Irish Chain. But, I have admired the projects in this book ever since I first saw glimpses of it. Thank you for a chance at winning. P.S. Still watching for your minis ;-D

Sally Dixon said...

I haven't pieced an Irish chain block but it is on my list. I would love to get this book soon! :)

gigi said...

I have made four or five irish chain quilts-- one of my favorite patterns. Love the quilts in the new book!
gigiv13@gmail.com

Pam said...

I never made a Irish chain quilt but this book gives you so many possibilities.

Liz Horgan said...

The first quilt I ever made was Elenor Burns' double chain quilt in a day. I finished Melissa's twisted chain quilt along top for my daughter's college graduation quilt-I need to find a backing so I can complete it. I'm also working on Melissa's scrappy triple irish chain quilt for my son's graduation quilt!

Bari B said...

I haven't, but I really want to! ;-)

Renea said...

No, I have not made one of these quilts but it is on my bucket list. Thanks for the chance to win one of these books.

Yvonne said...

I have never pieced an Irish Chain Quilt although it has been on my to do list for a long time. Thanks for the inspiration and a chance to win a copy of Melissa's book.

Louise said...

I've never made an Irish Chain quilt, but this books looks so inspiring! One fun thing about a blog hop is finding new ones (to me) like yours.

Patricia said...

I have not but have pattern and fabric to make one.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I haven't made a "classic" Irish Chain quilt, but have made several that have a chain look with alternate blocks--the book looks great!

Needled Mom said...

I love this version.

Anne said...

I have never pieced an Irish chain but Melissa's tutorials are so well written, I bet her book is fabulous-I will give it a try!

Dody said...

Not yet, but would like too!

Lani said...

Hi
I love Irish Chain quilts. I haven't pieced one yet, but its on my "bucket list" of quilts!

Rebecca said...

I have never made one but I have had fun helping others pick the colors for a chain!!!

Stitches said...

I love the Irish Chain pattern but I have not made a Irish Chain quilt..

Lu said...

I have never made a Irish chain quilt before but seeing all these wonderful quilt blocks sure is aspiring me to start thinking about it though.

Susan Stanton said...

The Irish Chain pattern is so traditional and lovely. I've never made one but would like to. yoyopattycakes at hotmail dot com

carol mcnab said...

I haven't yet done an Irish Chain but it has been on my to do list for a long time. It is one of my favourites.

Stephanie said...

I have never pieced an Irish Chain quilt but would love to since I have seen this book. Would love to win the e=copy to get started. Thanks! qltdiva1@fuse.net

Forever Designing said...

I've made a couple of Irish Chain quilts. One was last summer as a wedding gift. It was similar to Irish Lass in Judy Masden's book.

DuAnne said...

It's on my TO DO list! This looks like a great book. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

Cynthia said...

I've never pieced an Irish Chain, but I have quilted one

Kristine Rimmey said...

Nope. I have not pieced an Irish Chain....yet!

Sarah@123quilt said...

I just finished an IC quilt top today! Thanks for the chance to win!

Tina Short said...

I've never been tempted by an Irish Chain quilt - always thought them a bit old fashioned !!!!
I might have to revise my opinion on that one now, having seen some of the quilts from the book.

Teresa said...

I've never even thought of tackling the Irish chain but I do love her take on the classic.

tac73 said...

I made an Irish Chain quilt for my sister a number of years ago.

Anonymous said...

I'm new to quilting so I haven't made one yet-- but I love the rainbow one on the front of this book! Thanks! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

Diane said...

Irish chains are one of my favorites! I have made several!

NebraskaNative said...

A pink and white Irish Chain was the first quilt I made 20 years ago. Haven't made one since but I think it's time to make a new and updated version. Cheers!

Karen said...

I have not made an Irish Chain quilt...yet. Melissa's book will be what prompts me to actually try it.

nanmade said...

Whenever I want to give a baby quilt, I make a small Double Irish Chain.Really enjoying the chain variations in this book.

Julie said...

An Irish Chain quilt is on my bucket list.

Janet said...

It's on my to-do list!

Cathy Wilson said...

I'm fairly new to quilting so I haven't made one yet but after seeing pictures from this book, it's definitely on my bucket list to make!
cathylouwilson@ gmail.com

Rosalind Gutierrez said...

Yes, I have made three Irish chain quilts (one bed size & two baby quilt size).

samtaylorcjsmimi said...

I've never made an Irish chain quilt. I'm a bit of newbie and they look a bit intimidating to me! But I would like to give it a try. Thanks so much for the chance to win :)
Debby E
samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

June D said...

I made a quadruple irish chain the first year I was quilting. It was magical to see how the fabrics came together and the design was uncovered. This book look wonderful - your example block looks great with the seam lines going off to the side in rows. Thanks for the chance!

Jana Hernandez said...

Cool book. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks for all You do, Jana Hernandez. quiltdiva4@Cox.net

Ilana Joffe said...

I have never pieced an Irish Chain quilt but I definitely want to.
hijoffeATgmailDOTcom

Valerie Reynolds said...

An Irish Chain was actually my first big quilt I made....I know, why start easy?? LOL Thaks for the chance to win!

Vicki in MN said...

I have only done 1 Irish Chain and it was a very long time ago.

Sarah ACP said...

I have not made an irish chain quilt. Now might be the time. I like the different patterns. Many to pick from. slp.acp@gmail.com

Judy1522 said...

I have not made an Irish chain quilt but it is on my to do list.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Ih ave stitched an Irish chain quilt - white, green and a pop of red, a classic double irish chain.
Love the twist on these ones!
karin
m-sablik@t-online.de

Emily C said...

I have not made one yet, I would love to make one. They are very pretty.

Rita Lynn said...

I made one several years ago. It was traditional. Seeing a modern style, I will do one that way this time

Carie Shields said...

I've never made an Irish Chain, but I'm always drawn to them. Maybe this book will give me the inspiration I need.

Laura said...

I have never pieced an Irish Chain but have always wanted to!

joanne roberts said...

No I haven't pieced an Irish chain but it's my to do list

Donna W said...

I have never made an Irish Chain quilt, but I know it is in the near future.

Veline said...

I have made 3 baby quilts that were all different variations of the Irish Chain block.

Kath said...

I haven't made an Irish Chain and they are one of my favorite quilts
ktsquiltdreams (at)gmail (dot)com

StanleyBeagle said...

I've never done an Irish Chain. One more to add to the list!

Kathy Whetstine said...

I've never done one, I actually only have a wedding ring and a Marcello to my name!! I would love this!!
Kathy. @ spicecat1@gmail.com

Jodi - usairdoll said...

What great quilts and love your block. I have not made an Irish Chain quilt but it is on my bucket list. Have loved seeing all the different ways to use this pattern.

Awesome giveaway!

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

JanetK said...

I haven't made an Irish Chain quilt ... Yet! What a great looking book, and I love how the charity quilt blocks are coming along.

Nanasneedles said...

Have not completed an Irish chain quilt yet: however, I have beautiful lavender and green fabrics ready to cut out.

Crafty said...

I have made at least 2 Irish Chain quilts... and will certainly be making another one!

Marija said...

I haven't made a classic Irosh chain, but use chain-type designs often in my quilts!! Now THIS book - I just might have to make quite a few of these Irish beauties!! LOVE it!!
Thanks for a chance to win!!

one line lane said...

I pieced an Irish chain quilt out of neutrals in the early 2000's. Gave it away to a friend.

sparklyme said...

I have not yet completed an irish chain quilt, but I have a beautiful benartex fossil fern charm pack waiting...:)

WhoMom said...

Haven't had a chance yet to try out an Irish Chain but see one in my near future! Beautiful book.

Heleny25 said...

I am exited to make one of the quilts from the book. I never made one!!!
Thanks!

Jennifer said...

I once made and Irish Chain table runner for my mother-in-law. It was returned to me when she passed away and it holds very fond memories now. I am loving this book and will have to purchase one if I'm not lucky enough to win one.

Janet M said...

Yes I have made a couple using a scrappy mix of shabby chic fabrics. I'd love to do another using one of Melissa's patterns. The book looks great!

m murphy said...

I did one by accident, it was the secondary pattern...and not very good lol. Anxious to try another. Love this book, hope I win it!

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