Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day! (Green Quilts)

My mother's maternal grandmother, Mary Lehane, immigrated to the US from Ireland around 1900. When I was little we used to wear something green on March 17th,
and we'd have green mashed potatoes with our supper.
Years later, when our sons were little, I used to surprise them with green food too.
My favorite green food is beer! But it doesn't look very appetizing.

Do you have any favorite St. Patrick's Day traditions?

Here are some green quilt for you:
A Gee's Bend quilt featured on The Purl Bee site.

"I Love Green" by Pamela Mostek.

Stunning quilt-in-progress by one of my favorite quilters Sujata Shah of Pennsylvania.
See her blog The Root Connection.

"Weeping Willow Houses" by Bobbi Finley of Williamsburg, VA.
Featured on All People Quilt.

"Eureka!" by Jackie Robinson of Animas Quilts.


JoAnne said...

When my children were young, I always made them green pancakes, my mother used to do that. One time their cousins were spending the weekend with us when it was St. Patrick's Day. They just weren't so sure about green pancakes. My sister, their mother, was a trained chef, so green pancakes certainly was an oddity for them.

When I was a child, it was corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day. My father was Irish. Not one of us seven children looked forward to the corned beef and cabbage.

Aliceart said...

Thank you for the quilt show! Lovely.

We eat corned beef and cabbage, and I still wear green. When the children were here (and my husband and I could still afford the calories) we had irish soda bread, and green shamrock cookies, too. Miss those days with the kids!

patty a. said...

No St. P traditions even though my Great grandma & grandpa were from Ireland. I made a quilt from very lime green fabric and I called it "It's not easy being green" because the women in my quilt group said there was no way I could make a decent quilt out of THAT fabric. Well, I did and they liked it. I will have to take a picture of it and e-mail it to you.