The Irish Flag Quilt

Finally, pictures of the Irish Flag quilt. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

This is the quilt made for the son of my wonderful Irish friend Sarah who passed away due to complications from childbirth. Her husband is English, but currently lives in Scotland.

I wanted to do something for this baby to commemorate his mother’s heritage and the place his parents met. And in order to work through my own grief, I needed to put my hands to work. As always, sewing is good therapy for me.

All of the fabrics were scraps in my stash. It was fun to pull them all together. The brown is a Kamla woven that I had on hand and now I want a whole bolt of it. It is cotton, but has a cool linen-like texture.

A sweet friend of mine here in Utah offered to quilt it for me on her longarm machine. I was so grateful and touched by her gesture. She also donated the batting because I was an airhead and forgot to bring some when I dropped off the front and back pieces at her home. Many thanks again, G.

The back.

I don’t love it because I did it in a hurry, made it too small and had to scramble to make it bigger. I was originally planning only greens on the back. I visited Ireland when I was a student in London many years ago, before I knew Sarah, and couldn’t get over how really green the place was. Whoever named the place ‘the Emerald Isle’ wasn’t exaggerating. I wanted to do lots of different greens but in my haste, made the back too small so I quickly added the orange stripe. Not great, but it did give me a chance to use an extra flag that was floating around.

I wish I could hold this baby in my arms and tell him what a brilliant mother he has. This quilt will have to be my surrogate. She is truly one of the greatest women I’ve known. This boy is blessed with a special father too. As I’ve talked to Sarah’s husband, I’ve been touched by the serenity that he’s been given to get through this time. His faith in God’s plan that their family will be together for always brings comfort as well. To me too.

Post Update 2017:

Guess who I got to meet? This handsome boy! You can imagine my happiness when he came to visit last week with his awesome Dad who remarried an awesome woman that loves this boy and whom he adores.

And it was extra fun for me to see Sarah’s Irish eyes and smile come alive exactly in this little face. To top it all off, they told me the quilt still lives on his bed. [Cue heart melting… ❤❤]

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    January 11, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    The quilt is gorgeous and the sentiment behind it is so very touching. What a wonderful treasure you are giving that child. Great job and for what it's worth, I love the back!

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    January 11, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    I LOVE this quilt!

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    January 11, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    All I can say is wow! Wonderful quilt for a very special friend&#39;s child. <br />Your sense of color is wonderful, I&#39;m sure your dear friend was guiding you throughout the whole creative process.

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    Kristine Hanson
    January 11, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    you are too hard on yourself, this is lovely…love it….dadddy and child will love it, the momma would have loved it, good job, you are a good friend 🙂

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    Blue Is Bleu
    January 11, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    This is beautiful! I&#39;m sure your friend&#39;s husband and baby boy will treasure this. For what it&#39;s worth, I really love the back too.

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    Aunt Spicy
    January 11, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    AUS! You are killing me! That is such an amazing quilt, made even more so by the heart felt meaning behind it! You amaze me!

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    January 11, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    It is truly, truly wonderful.

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    January 11, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Gorgeous quilt…

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    January 11, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Wonderful! Such a sweet tribute and beautiful quilt!

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    January 11, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    it&#39;s perfect, every single piece. I&#39;m sure it will be treasured! God bless you x

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    January 11, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    It is such a beautiful thing that you made this quilt for him. It is lovely and the meaning behind it makes it even lovelier.

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    January 11, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I really, really love this quilt and all that it represents.

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    January 11, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I love this quilt! My grandmother was Irish…and one time she was visiting us on St. Patrick&#39;s Day…she made me wear ORANGE to school. Her ancestry(Scotch/Irish) belonged to the Church of Ireland rather than the Catholic church…and orange was always the color that reminded her of Ireland.

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    January 11, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    I LOVE the Ireland quilt! Very Very Nice and the back too! it&#39;s superb! Someday you will be able to talk to that boy, when he is grown and will really understand~ You will be able make one young man very happy!

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    January 11, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Oh Amy…you done a good thing!:) Isn&#39;t it wonderful to be blest to have people like your friend come into your life…and into it she is for she&#39;ll always be with you!:)<br /><br />Love, love, love the brown Kamla woven! I bet that would be fantastic to embroider on!! Let&#39;s buy a bolt!;)

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    January 11, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    What a beautiful gift for a boy who&#39;s probably very in need of wrapped up in love for his mom. Thanks for sharing this story and your quilt.

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    Katie B.
    January 11, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Amazing. Sarah&#39;s family will treasure this always.

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    Chatty Cricket
    January 11, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Oh I LOVE it!! He will treasure this quilt, I&#39;m sure, and what a wonderful tribute to Sarah.<br /><br />-xo

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    January 11, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Oh Amy I love how this quilt turned out! Amazing.

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    January 11, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Amy this quilt is delightful. I love the color scheme.

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    January 11, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    wow…that is reallly a fabulous quilt!!! i love how the blocks turned out!

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    Laurie, the girls and Scott
    January 11, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    It&#39;s even better in person! I love it Amy. (Guess which quilt I bought fabric for today!!)

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    January 12, 2010 at 3:14 am

    Just beautiful Amy!

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    January 12, 2010 at 6:14 am

    Very Nice, well done<br />Hugs Janice

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    Sew Create It - Jane
    January 12, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Beautiful made, beautifully quilted..in the memory of a beautiful person for a beautiful boy.<br /><br />Well Done :o)

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    January 12, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    The quilt is beautiful! What a wonderful gift you are giving them. What a special way for this little boy and father to have to remember this amazing woman. You are such a sweetheart!

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    January 12, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    What a amazing, loving gesture to your friend.

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    January 13, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Wow, it is gorgeous! And I absolutely love the back. I am sure that little boy will cherish it forever. I still have pieces of the quilt my grandmother made me as a baby. I loved it so much, by the time I was a teenager it wasn&#39;t very recognizable as a quilt anymore 🙂 But no quilt was ever loved more!

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    The Quilt Buddy
    January 14, 2010 at 8:27 am

    What a lovely treasure that you have created for Sarah&#39;s husband and little boy! I am sure that it will be their comfort in the many days to come.<br /><br />Rest assured, that Sarah is in a better place, one in which she is standing before our Creator in awe of his greatness! It is hard to understand, but it is all a part of His plan.

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    Mary on Lake Pulaski
    January 14, 2010 at 9:08 am

    You are so very sweet and kind Amy. The quilt will be a treasure.

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    Nanette Merrill and daughters
    January 14, 2010 at 10:12 am

    It is lovely. Really really lovely. And your fabric choices and pattern are spot on! What a good gift to give. You can&#39;t bring her back. But it will help them remember she was loved by others, too.

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    January 14, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    That is such a beautiful gesture, Amy. I can&#39;t think of a better gift than a quilt in a situation like this. And a quilt like this– my goodness!!

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    January 18, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    It&#39;s a beautiful quilt that I&#39;m sure will provide lots and lots of comfort. <br />(and for what it&#39;s worth, I think the back is perfect! really!! Very very cool)

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    February 7, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    what a touching story… and a beautiful quilt to go with it. you really are a good friend…

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    March 24, 2010 at 12:04 am

    What a beautiful quilt. I served my mission in Ireland and actually remember Sarah from one of the wards that I served in while in Dublin. I heard she passed and was really touched by your posts. What an amazing gift you have given to her precious child. Love it. I have been inspired by your quilt and may have to make one similar.

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    March 12, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    This is a beautiful quilt that has come out of tragedy. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. <br /><br />My father was from Ireland and he would have loved the quilt. You did a beautiful job.

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    Robin Greer
    March 3, 2020 at 5:46 pm

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