On this day in 461 A.D., Saint Patrick, who was a Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, died in Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland. Patrick was said to have baptized hundreds of people in one day and to have used a three-leaf clover to describe the Holy Trinity. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York City in 1762, when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through the city.

Mary Carey Mungiven hand pieced and hand quilted this red and white Irish Chain Variation quilt in County Clair, Ireland probably after 1875. The record states that Mungiven was an immigrant and ran a boarding house for railroad builders in Ohio. The owner, who received the quilt as a gift, documented it during the Rhode Island Quilt Documentation Project in 1992.

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
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