A Good Night’s Sleep

Irish Chain

My brother, Matt and his wife, Jane, will be married 27 years in August. My mother and I collaborated on a wedding quilt for them. I sewed the Irish Chain and chose the fabric based on the Dansk dishes in their bridal registry. My mother did the hand quilting. Her part of the project was more time consuming and she didn’t have it done by the wedding. She worked on it during the drive from Montana to Omaha where the wedding was held. When we got there, all the wedding gifts were displayed in Jane’s parents formal dining room. The unfinished quilt, still in the quilting hoop, needle and thread and the raw edge of frayed batting hanging out was displayed along with the Waterford, Belleek and silver gifts. I remember thinking the unfinished quilt looked tacky in that setting. I slept under that quilt the other night at their house and it was anything but tacky, pure joy to rest under the fruits of my labor and to see those loving stitches my mother put in so many years ago. I’m thankful that Matt and Jane have loved this quilt, used it, and treated it with care. Thanks for the good night sleep.

Irish Chain

The Irish Chain Quilt my mom and I made 27 years ago for my brother and his wife.