|Carla's paper pieced instructions make all of these little lines so easy to keep straight and crisp!|
The relationship the whole island of Ireland has with the Union Flag is complicated. Helen@Midget Gem Quilts also in Stash Bee, who has made this block twice, lives in Northern Ireland and has written about it here and here. In the North, there are regular protests about the flying of the Union Flag and its the National Flag. On our side of the border, some see the Union flag as a symbol of imperialism, colonialism, the destruction of the Irish language - flags are powerful things. Tomomi who lives in Carlow joked that she would have to go into hiding to make that flag and she's Japanese! I in turn joked with Helen, saying if it came up, I might have to ask her to make it for me!
This month we have St. Patrick's day our National Day and we are celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the 1916 rising. The rebellion against British rule in Dublin on Easter 1916 is credited as a pivotal event in the road to Ireland's independence.
|The Union Flag is made up the flags of St Patrick, St Andrew and St George but is not symmetrical!|
In the spirit of that aspiration for peace, much has been done to respect the past and find a way forward. A really big event was the Queen's visit to Dublin in 2011. She made a speech with some opening sentences in very well spoken Irish and laid a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance, (a memorial garden that honours those who died in pursuit of Irish freedom, including those executed for their part in the 1916 rising). That was a really big gesture.
So if the Queen can take Irish lessons, then I think I can make a Union Flag block, especially in these colours. When I told G I had to make that block the first words out of his mouth were not in those colours though? See, it's complicated! I showed him the finished block and he did admit it looked good. So this is on it's way to America! I find that quite funny for some reason too!
My not so complicated bee choice of the Clover and Violet Scrappy Star block in low volume fabrics have been arriving in abundance and they look brilliant! Thank you Hive#4 and Yvonne who crashed last month and sent me an extra!
I'm loving this one in not so low volume colours and think it will make a brilliant focal point for my quilt!
Finally, the last of the blocks for February included the Murder Mystery QAL over at Whipstich. This month we got more clues, a possible attempted murder and instructions for the second block! So far a car park and a waterfall. This is going to be one interesting quilt!