This is an Irish chain that was made for my mother by her great grandmother; Lizzie Caughey in 1934. It was on my bed as a young girl. It also influenced my decision to start my first Irish chain. I also used the quilting design that Lizzie used.
This is the first quilt I ever finished. Well, that is not strictly true; I had made a few 'quilty' things; baby blankets, pillows, pot holders, and I'd made and tied a pieced trip around the world by the time this quilt was quilted soooo... it was the first pieced top I ever finished. (The first top I started is still not finished) Count those squares; over 1,000! Couldn't I have started with something smaller? This was made before I discovered rotary cutters;They were invented in 1979 butI'd never seen one until much later. Notice the applique squares in the alternate block; today the alternate block is often pieced instead of appliqued to make it faster.
The label says I started it in 1984 and finished it in 1994. I hired the quilting done at a local church and gave it to my husband for Christmas in 1994.
I have other Irish chains to show you another day.