Greetings Quilting Friends!
March brings us the first day of Spring and, of course, St. Patrick’s Day! Our leprechaun elephant is celebrating the Luck O’ the Irish while guarding his secret pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
I always thought St. Patrick’s holiday was an excuse to wear green and drink green beer, but NO! The history nerd in me has reappeared because I am a person who always needs to know why!
St. Patrick was a real person who was born in about 400 A.D. Patrick was an English nobleman who was kidnapped by Irish pirates when he was 16 and kept as a slave by the pirates for 6 long years. It is said that Patrick heard a voice telling him that he would be going home soon and that his ship was ready. Patrick escaped from his captors, traveled 200 miles to a port, and sweet talked a grumpy ship’s captain into giving him a ride. After 3 days aboard the ship, and another 28 days walking in the wilderness, Patrick finally made it safely back to his home in England. He decided to become a cleric and then returned to Ireland as a missionary. Because of his good works, Patrick became the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th because it is the supposed date of his death.
Since March also includes the first day of Spring, I chose to add blue sky and green grass to the background which sets off the rainbow perfectly!
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Wishing you and yours a wonderful St. Patty’s Day! May the Luck ‘O the Irish be with you all year long!
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