Tuesday, March 17

Wishing you...............

a Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

I have a trio of Irish themed items to share for a wee bit of show 'n tell. This piece is one that I appliqued sometime in the early 1980's (before I discovered fusible web). It's sort of Pennsylvania Dutch-like but it's just a design I drew and then cut the pieces and stitched them in place with really tiny blanket stitching. It measures about 10" in diameter.

And then I thought I'd share this heart that my friend Kate gave me for I love the saying on it.......... "A friend is one to whom you may pour out all the contents of your heart, chaff and grain together knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away."
Isn't that a lovely sentiment? She got the heart at a craft show and I treasure it along with her friendship. I am lucky to have a friend like Kate and a whole lot of others that fit this saying so well. Some are longtime friends, some are new friends, some are friends for a short time and then move on, some are near and some are far but everyone is cherished.

And one last thing to share is one of my favorite penny rugs. In the late 1990's I learned through some genealogy records that my great great great grandfather Issaac Linn was born in Ireland. I honor that heritage with the shamrocks and the daintly white flowers that are surrounded by 36 lucky gold coins. The piece is made from wool and the gold coins are a vintage piece of wool given to me by my mother-in-law. I drew the design in 2002 and made the piece in 2003.
And there you have it. A trio of green things for St. Pat's Day. Hope you all have a lovely one!!
Sandi
There's more Irish good wishes over at my tea blog so just click here and you will find a little shamrock pattern you can stitch for next year. :-)

11 comments:

Andee said...

The penny rug is awesome! Happy Saint Patrick's Day again!

Crispy said...

I love the applique piece on top. I was very impressed when you said "it's "just" a design you drew". You should have marketed your design.

Crispy

Pat said...

Everything you showed us today is beautiful. I had heard that saying on the piece kate gave you...but hadn't thought of it in awhile and it's nice to hear it again. It is truly a wonderful sentiment. May you have the luck of the Irish in all ways and ALWAYS.

Kaye said...

Your Irish pieces are Beautiful. We all need at least one "Kate" in our lives. Mine has the name of Phyllis and we have remained close friends for 56 years. Top of The Morning To You

xashee's corner said...

Your Irish treasures are WONDERFUL! i am going to have to learn more about those COOL penny rugs! :) Thank you for sharing! Have a HAPPY holiday! :)

Needled Mom said...

I love each one in the trio. The sentiment on the heart is lovely....and so true.

Quilter Going Bananas said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you too!
I love the penny rug and the other decorations. Hope you're wearing green today...

Katherine

Della said...

Love the needlework in the wooden hoop. We made many similar items in the 80's when my mom had her craft store. Your penny rug is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your treasures.

Carol said...

Love your work...
and I love "Catch a falling Star" ... mmmm, so uplifting..
hugs..

Peggy said...

I hope you had an enjoyable St Patricks day. Your penny rug is sure to become a family heirloom

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Both the penny rug and the applique look like Irish Hex signs! Really the applique is so darling. I love it.

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