This week I've been thinking of St. Patrick's Day. It was a huge holiday in my family growing up. My grandma was 75% Irish, but acted like she just got off the boat. She truly treasured her Irish heritage. It made me proud to be Irish too! She would always tell me stories of Leprechauns, Little People, and Fairies. So, I grew up with a fantastical imagination of Ireland. (Which, sad to say, wasn't quite how she described when I visited. I didn't see ANY of the fore-mentioned creatures. Very disappointing!) So, what magical transformation occurred on St. Patty's Day at our house?
When I woke up and came down stairs, there was little green foot prints leading from the front door into the kitchen. They were all over the counter tops too! Then, when Mom made oatmeal for breakfast it was green. She was always so surprised it turned green while she cooked it! Then, when she got out the gallon milk from the fridge, it was green too! The whole gallon was green!!! We would laugh and leap about looking for Leprechauns hiding in the cupboards waiting to play with us. All the food that day was green. It was hilarious.
So, I have grown up loving St. Patrick's Day. To pay homage to the cheerful spirit of the holiday, I made two table runners. One for my family table, and one to sell. Fortunately, they are quick to put together.
Once they were done, I started on a little baby quilt with cupcakes. I bought the cupcakes appliqued on from a fellow Etsian. I was making a treasury of cupcake things when I came across these cute cupcake applique blocks! It was so cute, I HAD to buy them! She had cut them out and ironed them on. That's what I hate most about applique... the cutting! So, I was freed from that for a small price.
|Cupcake baby quilt|
I have read a suggestion to make Wednesday a WIP report for the blog. I think it's a great idea to have a schedule so you and I both know what to expect for any given day. Now I'll have two days with a planned schedule: WIP (work in progress) Wednesday and FAF (Featured Artist Friday). So, if you like quilting stay tuned!
The Quiltsy Team has a WIP sharing link to see what others are working. Click here to see it.
Did you grow up celebrating St. Patty's Day? If so, what traditions did you have? Do you love it? Hate it? I'd love to hear from you!
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