Here's the old bed...with last Christmas' quilt.
I had specific instructions for this quilt. I love the double Irish chain pattern but have seen it on beds and did not love how the pattern continues under the pillows and off the sides. So I had Mom make the pattern for just the top and added borders on the sides as well as a solid red band where the pillows sit and one more row of Irish chain above that so that the pattern is visible and not distorted or off when the bed is made. If you look closely you will see the red band under the pillow tuck. I love it.
The new mattress is one of those that never needs to be flipped and it is 16" deep. I love high beds that you have to climb into. (Even though I pretty much have to climb into any bed!) I will be buying some black sheets soon and might get a dust ruffle too. We will see.