Irish Quilt Pattern Inspiration

Three quilt patterns perfect for St Patrick's Day

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
The rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Old Irish Blessing

Quilt pattern inspiration can come from anywhere, just about anywhere. Bake, my husband, is very proud of his Irish heritage. I’ve heard about it as long as I’ve known him.

Inspiration in the vintage

Walter Baker (1884-1952)

Walter Baker (1884-1952)

We found this photo of Bake’s grandfather a few years ago and it is one of his treasures. As I was looking at the photo one day, I thought it would be fun to make a quilt to honor Bake’s Irish roots.

So when I decided to design a quilt for the May/June issue of McCall’s Quilting, It was the right time for that idea to take flight. My first thought was that it had to be green, several shades of green because that is a color we associate with the Irish.

Emerald City quilt pattern

Emerald City

I designed the quilt in Electric Quilt 8. What a fun program for quilt designing. Here’s the image from Electric Quilt.

EQ Image of the quilt pattern.

EQ Image of the quilt pattern.

The pretty batiks are from Hoffman Fabrics and as soon as I got them, I was off and sewing. Just a few weeks later, I had the quilt top made.

I quilted it on my Handi Quilter Avante using the Pro-Stitcher software. I’m just a little more than a beginner with longarm quilting but I’m really pleased with the results.

A look at the entire Emerald City quilt top

Emerald City

I gave Bake the quilt for his Valentine and he loves it.

Bake’s New Quilt

Bake’s New Quilt

I’ve not put the label on it yet but I intend to add the photo of Bake’s grandfather to the label when I make it.

I think his grandfather would think that the making of this quilt was an amazing thing. Think of the technology available today that he couldn’t have imagined even in his wildest dreams.

Isn’t it fun to see where inspiration comes from?

Just about anything can be the springboard for an idea. Even an old photograph.

Just because it’s nearly St. Patrick’s Day, I looked for other green quilts on our website. I found Green Acres, Greeny, and Emeralds.

And if you really love St. Patrick’s Day and all that wonderful green, here is a whole collection of patterns just for you!

Here’s hoping you find inspiration to make something fun soon.
Happy quilting,


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