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A Wee Bit of Ireland

by Mrs Roberta Molaro
(Dornsife, Pennsylvania)

A Wee Bit of Ireland by Roberta Molaro<br /><br />Click on each thumbnail below for a larger image<br /><br />

A Wee Bit of Ireland by Roberta Molaro

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Last year I saw an illustration of a crib size double Irish chain quilt (in pink, white & blue with hearts) & thought "That's kinda neat".

Spent several hours with ruler and graft paper to lay out a Full/Queen size quilt in green & cream...with applique shamrocks in place of the hearts. (What else for an Irish chain?)

Laboured over getting the corners of the small blocks lined up!

Guess I did a good job (the gals that helped the judges told me afterward that a judge commented on how well they'd come out!). Added solid green, solid cream and plaid borders. The solid borders are hand quilted in a chain or woven ribbon effect .

Entered it in last year's Northumberland (small county) fair and got a best of show. In the larger, Gratz (Dauphin County) Fair it got a blue ribbon.

I dedicated this quilt to the memory of my beloved Irish Grandma, Sue who was a milliner and taught me to make perfect bows.

A close-up of the quilting in the border...

Close-up of the quilting in the borders

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Sep 01, 2012
Thank you!
by: Roberta

Thank you for your kind comments. I get a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction out of hand work.

Aug 31, 2012
by: Ruth

This is a lovely classic pattern and is greatly enhanced with shamrocks. The workmanship looks fantastic, also.

Aug 22, 2012
by: Roberta

So glad you like my quilt. Although my grandmother died in 1962, I'm sure she would have loved this one. She was very proud of her Irish heritage.

Indeed, when I make a quilt with someone in mind, the elements & colors I choose are ones I'm sure they'll like. When I have time, I'll share some of the others I've done.

Aug 22, 2012
How Beautiful!
by: Betty Smith

It always seems that the most beautiful works are the ones that we do for people we love? Your quilt is just beautiful! I really like how the shamrocks break up the linear quality of the blocks. I think I'll have to try that with the "Oak Park Patchwork" quilt I'm working on. Thanks for the inspiration!


Aug 13, 2012
Lovely Quilt
by: Elaine DeFoor

What a beautiful tribute to your Grandmother! It was truly a labor of love.

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