Sometimes it's a holiday that helps me decide which of the gazillion UFOs I should work on.
I made some 6 inch Nine Patches for my Emerald Isle quilt.
Have I mentioned that my paternal ancestors were Irish?
My maiden name was JOYNT.
I'm a descendant of David Joynt and Bridget McDermott of Ashfield Demesne, Beagh Parish, Galway, Ireland.
(Genealogy has also been one of my hobbies starting way back even before there was a public internet, home PCs, Ancestry.com and back when most microfilm readers were hand cranked).
Did you notice the little Leprechaun in the nine patches?
The employees I've supervised all these years gave him to me in lieu of a retirement card and they signed the back. I was lucky to have hardly any turnover of employees...in fact most employees I've hired have worked for me anywhere from 10-25 years. I'll miss them.
I have a little knickknack shelf of Irish whimsy and the Leprechaun has now joined the group.
Well, anyway, back to the 9 patches and the Emerald Isle quilt.
It's the center medallion of my Emerald Isle quilt celebrating my Irish ancestry. The next part of the quilt involves lots of green nine patches.
Here's a photo of the ancestral home in 1959...
...and here it is in 1976.
Happy St. Patrick's Day !