Posts in category "Irish"

Modern Green Nine Patch Irish Quilt is Finished!

I had such a wonderfully relaxing day today and part of the glory was that I finally got the binding on my quilt. Which quilt you ask? I forgive you for asking, it’s been two months since I started after all. My modern green nine patch Irish quilt is finished. If you need an update,... Read more »

Modern Green Nine Patch Quilt Update

Are you getting pretty excited about St. Patrick’s day 2016? Me too! I want to give you a modern green nine patch quilt update. Now don’t get too excited, it’s not finished. But it’s darn close! When I posted last time, I had just finished the back. Did you miss that post? You can check... Read more »

Modern Green Irish Nine Patch Back is finished

St. Patrick’s day has come and past. So I can now officially say that I am working on an Irish quilt for next year. Not only that but I am making progress, yay me! Yep, the modern green Irish nine patch back is finished. Hip hip hooray and I like it. Phew! To make the... Read more »

Modern Irish Nine Patch Quilt tutorial - part two

Eight days ago I started my Modern Irish Nine Patch quilt. If you missed that post you can get up to speed by reading it now! Raise your hands if you thought I would finish by St. Patrick’s day. Nope, me either. However it is March 17th and I have finished the top so I... Read more »

17 reasons why it's Great to be Irish in Chicago

March 17th is St. Patrick’s day and tis a great day to be Irish, anywhere. But this whole weekend there are numerous reasons why it’s great to be Irish in Chicago. I could fill post after post but instead in honor of St. Patrick himself I will stick to 17! 1. Irish names – My... Read more »

DIY Modern Irish Nine Patch Tutorial Part One

Year ago I made an Irish Chain for my daughter and I love it. In fact, I pretty much lust after it. Last year I bought a bunch of Irish fabric thinking that I would recreate one for myself. I’ve been letting that fabric marinate while I think about what kind of Irish quilt I... Read more »

10 Wonderful Irish Sayings for every part of the Day

You've just gotten up on St. Patrick's day and of course, The Irish have a proverb for the morning. And it's true!
It’s March! It’s one of my favorite times of the year. Here in the States we’ve got great basketball, the promise of Spring and of course, St. Patrick’s Day. We’ve got to get ourselves ready emotionally and what better way than with wonderful Irish Sayings and Proverbs. As you go through the day keep remembering... Read more »

I hate Shopping at Malls

I used to LOVE to shop. I even closed a few malls, not bars, not clubs but malls. I loved walking around, seeing stuff, buying things that I shouldn’t and most of all a bargain. I shopped with girlfriends, my Mom, my sister and my children. I am not sure when it all changed but... Read more »

The Irish goodbye

How does your family depart a social occasion, family gathering or party? I think every family has their own rituals or behavior which is expected. My family has their own version of the Irish Goodbye and for us, it works. A traditional “Irish Goodbye” has several explanations online. According to ABC news this is one... Read more »

Irish in Chicago Quilt part two

Creating, sewing and quilting this Irish in Chicago Quilt has been an overwhelming experience. I have lived with this quilt in my head, talking to me and urging me on. The quilt I had in my head was a whispery phantom, I now have the real quilt. If you missed the genesis of this project... Read more »
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