Two years ago, around St. Patrick's Day, I began a Double Irish Chain quilt. Being 100% proud of being 50% Irish I knew someday I would have to make one in green and white. I found a lovely pattern in Big Book of Best-Loved Quilt Patterns (Oxmoor House 2003) and made enough blocks for a queen size quilt. The dark green has a small white floral print and the white on white is a little butterfly print. I worked on it off and on, and by St. Patrick's Day last year I had the top finished!
I found some Kelly Green for the backing, and over the next year finished the diagonal quilting on my machine with my walking foot. Then it sat for quite a while because I didn't know what I was going to quilt in the large white squares. The book showed a beautiful shamrock quilted in each. I tried a sample in free-motion, but I must admit I'm not an accomplished enough free-motion quilter, and it looked awful. I also tried a sample hand quilting the shamrock, with similar results. So it hung on the quilt rack in the living room as a UFO
This isn't the only quilt in UFO status that needs large squares quilted, so I hope to be trying out some more quilt embroidery patterns when I have time to quilt awhile.