I made this quilt from the pattern "Starry Irish Chain" (Quiltmaker #84, March/April 2002). It was made in celebration of my son's college graduation, May 2009. He is an avid collector of nutcrackers. His collection numbers over 100. I renamed the quilt "Nutcracker Sweet". Machine pieced and hand quilted. The white blocks have a continous holly leaf quilting pattern that I devised.