I love patchwork quilts and I’m happy to say the craft of quilting is alive and well in Kentucky and throughout America.
The National Quilt Museum is in Paducah, Kentucky and on my list of places to visit someday.
I don’t make quilts, but it’s a skill I would love to learn. The vast size of my local quilting store is a testament to this enduring craft.
I always remember my granny’s ragbag – a collection of clippings and scraps gathered over the years to make and mend patchwork quilts. Fabric remnants were often purchased at rock bottom prices to add to her collection. She would have loved the Irish themed fabrics featured in today’s post.
Quilting In Ireland:
Ireland, like America, has a long tradition of quilting. During the 18th century the skill of patchworking was introduced to Ireland by the English gentry. Needlework skills were taught to those working in service. The craft was shared locally and spread from cottage to cottage and around the country.
Young girls learned needlework as security for the future and were expected to create some treasures for their ‘bottom drawer’ – a stash of sheets, blankets, towels and other household items saved in preparation for marriage. And for those who did not marry, needlework skills were an asset for entering service in one of Ireland’s big houses.
Today’s quilters no longer practice their craft out of sheer necessity, but create magnificent works of art to hand down through the generations.
Fraser St Fabrics:
Update December 2018 – The online store Fraser St Fabrics is no longer operating, but these fabrics are still available on Etsy from Fabrics of Ireland.
For those interested in creating quilts with an Irish motif, Fraser St Fabrics is a wonderful resource. This company offers Irish themed fabrics suitable for quilting and patchwork. All fabrics are 100% cotton.
The fabrics are designed to help give people a connection back to Ireland, to the Irish culture and their heritage.
The fabrics can also be used to teach the next generation of Irish being born all over the world about the Irish culture.
There are currently three fabric ranges available.
The Irish Culture Range includes images of leprechauns, St. Brigid’s Cross, Irish dancers, Gaelic footballers, hurlers and many more.
The Educational Range allows you create a book or wall hanging to help learn how to tell the time, identify colors and count, all in the Gaelic language.
Finally, there’s a Celtic Knot Range in some beautiful colors.
There’s something for everyone, with many more fabric designs on the way. All fabrics can be purchased through the Fraser St Fabrics website, with worldwide shipping available.
Fraser St Fabrics also has a Facebook page with fabric updates, competitions and special offers, so be sure to ‘Like’ their page.
Fraser St Fabrics has generously sponsored a giveaway for Irish American Mom’s readers. One lucky quilter will win one fat quarter of each of the fabrics in the image below.
To enter our giveaway just leave a comment on this blog post by noon on Saturday, November 9th, 2013 at noon. You can leave any comment you wish. What you write does not affect your chances of winning.
If you need some inspiration, why not tell us if you quilt, sew, knit or enjoy any other craft.
A winning comment will be chosen randomly. Remember to leave your e-mail so that I can contact you should you win. E-mails won’t be published or shared, just used to contact our prizewinners.
I’ll announce the winners on Saturday November 9th, in a separate blog post. I’ll send an e-mail to the lucky entrant so we can connect for address exchange and mailing of the prize.
Best of luck to all our entrants and a big thank you to Fraser St Fabrics for sponsoring this giveaway.
Slán agus beannacht!
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom
P.S. Irish American Mom does not have a business relationship with Fraser St Fabrics, and received no remuneration for this post. Fraser St Fabrics graciously provided this prize free of charge.
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