Irish Chain Blog Hop

Hello and Welcome, 
I am thrilled and nervous at the same time to kick off Melissa Corry's Irish Chain Blog hop. Melissa has all kinds of fun things planned for this hop. Each day you will be visiting 2 different stops and I guarantee there will be so much color throughout. 
Did you play with Pick Up Sticks as a kid? I found them quite challenging and spent hours balancing those little buggers. Melissa's pick up sticks quilt is a realistic interpretation of thin colorful sticks balancing end to end throughout the quilt. Melissa used Carolyn Frielander's collection which also gave this quilt an architectural feel.

I wanted to mix mine up and started with the classic colors of Red and White but was not to happy with my choices. I kept coming back to Melissa's version. We have all agonized over color and fabrics, right? I wanted mine to look exactly like the one I saw, Exactly. Please tell me you have done that.

I did 15 jumping jacks to get my heart pumping and blood to the brain.
Then I decided I would do a positive - negative version of her quilt. I still wanted an architectural, yet almost industrial look so I went with an assortment of greys and used whites as my sticks.
My quilt top looks like steel buildings with reflective windows climbing the skyline. 
If you squint at the picture above it almost looks robotic.

Squint again and there is a chunky plus sign shape that will be quilted as an overall design. I think this will give the quilt a sleek secondary look.
The fabrics are a combination of greys, whites and cremes from Amy Ellis and Zen Chic. They are so perfect for a quilt for a man in your life.

 Hop on over to Fat Quarter Shop to see the quilt that Joceyln is making. 

Check back every day as these talented quilters each share their Irish Chain.
June 8th -   Happy Quilting - Blog Hop Intro
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

Melissa has some goodies lined up for her Grand Prize Giveaway  
There will be a Grand Prize Giveaway on the final day of the blog hop along with the Charity Quilt Reveal.  There are 2 super fun grand-prize Giveaways with lots of fabric, books, and even a mini quilt.    To enter the giveaway, they just need to leave a comment on the MELISSA's Intro Post. ( CLICK HERE FOR A LINK TO MELLISSA'S  POST TO ENTER.)

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