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Celtic-Themed Quilts

The beauty of the Celtic lands lives on, richly interpreted in these one-of-a-kind tapestry pieces.
Here scenic art and knot design, combine to revive the glorious heritage of the Gaels.
These Quilts will enhance any room with a celebration of colour.
For those with Celtic roots, it's a little bit of home to gaze upon....
both a tribute and reminder of a proud and ancient tradition.

 

 

Scottish mountains, Suilven, Quilts

 

SUILVAN

The Scottish Highlands come home.

A large rock formation, located near Sutherland as part of the Inverpolly Natural Nature Reserve.  Unusual,  in that it is a nearly vertical rise above the surrounding area of bog, moorlands, and lochanns.

The quilt measures 42" wide by 53" long, and is machine-pieced.  The top itself consists of both hand-quilting and machine embroidery.

A knot design of multi-hued bias tape in autumn shades and colours, frames the quilt perfectly!   The knotted border is hand-quilted using copper-metallic thread to pick up the light.  In addition, rays of hand-quilting help outline and emphasize Suilven itself - this impressive mountain of rock and stone.

Ancient Vikings sailing around the northwest corner of Scotland, came upon the huge rock formation, and named it accordingly....Suilven (sool-ven), meaning Grey Pillar.

 

 

Scottish landscape quiltNotice the stream at the bottom, which flows out of the 'picture' and right off the quilt itself.  A waterfall in sparkling shades of blue and white froth, glimmering with sequins and metallic threads.  An unusual and distinctive feature.

 

Throughout hundreds of years, the softer rocks of Suilven eroded, leaving a virtual island of rock known as an "Inselburg" or "Island Mountain".  This quilt depicts Casteal Liath (grey castle) which is the highest point, and Meal Beag (little hill).

The currents of the stream appear to flow from the base of Suilven itself....down and right out of the quilt entirely.  The water is alive and dynamic, in sharp contrast to that rocky stone edifice towering above.

The lower 'scapes' of moorland and bog are shown up close here.  Banks of moss and bracken in varying shades of burgundy reds, and cinnamon-orange hues mingle with swirls of brown, amid a rocky shore - offering a distinct colour contrast.  Glimpses of reed and rock protrude up through the fast-flowing stream.

The water and rocks of the stream below, is both a reflection of...and counterpoint to....Suilven itself, and the bright blue sky within which she sits.

 

Streams, riverbanks, landscapes

Some of the 'rocks' midstream have been stuffed with polyfill - to give a 3-dimensional look, whereupon they seem to rise out above the surrounding water current.

Strands of white yarn, studded with sequins, and entwined with blue iridescent yarn, add a realistic sense of movement to the swirling stream.  The water has a glimmer and sparkle, making for an interesting contrast to the surrounding rocks and riverbank.

Suilven, this ancient "Island Mountain",  has stood sentinel for hundreds of years; watching over the surrounding landscape and its people...a beacon of rock.

 

This Quilt  is currently available for sale. 
More photos, and further details can be found at SUILVAN.

 

 

 

 

THE FLOWER OF SCOTLAND

The Flower of Scotland

 

This magnificent tapestry piece captures both the desolation and grandeur of the Scottish Highlands.

A beautiful fractured landscape, the piece measures 65" across by 55" down.

The scene depicted here is that of the Glen Coe area of western Scotland, a place known as Rannoch Moor.

The foreground is marsh and bog, culminating in an island of fir trees, surrounded by rock and stream.  From here the landscape gradually gives way to the foothills and corries of the lower elevations, before reaching the higher crags and rocky tors of the Highland peaks themselves.

 

 

 

Scottish highlands quilt

Numerous fractures of varied tonal fabrics, when stitched together, confer a feeling of motion and depth; as though breathing life itself into this striking depiction of Caledonia.

The stream running through mid-piece, is further emphasized by 'waves' of blue metallic threads adding a gleam to the watery brightness.

The quilt is machine-pieced, and top-stitched with satin stitch outlines to better focus the eye upon mountain, moorland, and water, as they wander across the individual fractures.

Scottish thistle quilt

 

The right side of the landscape is dominated by a thistle - traditionally considered the Flower of Scotland.   Appliqued right over the fracture pieces, it is rendered in metallic lame fabrics, and top-stitched with matching metallic threads.

The entire scene is initially bordered with a deep purple fabric to emphasize the thistle theme and colour.

Together - the white and blue of the larger border represent the colours of the national flag - The Scottish Salter.

 

Situated at the four corners is a Trinity Knot design - adding a spiritual theme of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as found in ancient and traditional Celtic knotwork.

Celtic knot tapestry

Enclosed within the pattern of border knots is The Flower of Scotland tartan, commissioned in memory of Roy Williamson, composer of the Scottish national anthem of the same name.  It is a variation of the Clan Gunn tartan as worn by Mr. Williamson.  It is also that of the artist who shares the same Clan.

A ribbon of Flower of Scotland, binds the entire quilt together for further continuity of theme and design - a fitting benediction to this unique presentation of Scottish heritage and tradition.

For more photos and details, please see  THE FLOWER OF SCOTLAND .

The wall-hanging was sketched from a BBC video entitled, "A Vision of the Corries", with Scotland's most famous folk musicians, Ronnie Browne and Roy Williamson. 

The landscape is part of the filmed background to the song, "Massacre of Glen Coe."   For music details see www.corries.com.

 

 

 

Druid Quilt, New age Quilt

CELTIC NATURE; THE DRUID'S QUILT

 

Measuring 56" by 65 ", this beautiful tapestry finds its inspiration from the natural world, firmly rooted in ancient Celtic Lore.

The plants depicted were chosen for their underlying meanings and thematic representations of ancient folklore.

This unique design revolves around a central spiral, reminiscent of that found at Newgrange; the famous Passage Tomb in Ireland dating from 3200 BC, and considered by the "Auld Ones"  to be a sidhe, or fairy mound. 

 

The plants depicted in this quilt are as follows...beginning at bottom middle and proceeding in a clock-wise fashion....

The THISTLE, fashioned in metallic lame fabric and highlighted with metallic threads, right down to the veining of the leaves; symbol of all that is Scotland.

Bluebells of Scotland

 

BLUE BELLS, also of Scotland....tender and delicate in nature.

SILVER BIRCH, earliest of the forest trees to put out leaves, and therefore named as the first month after the Winter Solstice.  It is a tree of beginnings, with wood traditionally used for cradles....Beth of the Ogham Calendar.

WILLOW, a tree which loves water, and beloved of the moon-goddess; it is also sacred to poets, bestowing the gift of eloquence.  Saille of the Ogham.

 

Druid Quilt

ENGLISH MISTLETOE, the All-Heal...a sacred druidic plant believed to cure illness; in rare cases it grows upon the mighty oak.  Its small white berries are tiny balls, sewn onto the quilt  3-dimensionally.

OAK, King of all the trees....steeped in royalty.  A tree of triumph and endurance, representing courage.   It belongs to the Druids; with branches that extend as high in the sky, as roots which run deep underground....Duir of the Ogham.  Brimming with acorns.

SCOT'S PINE...Guibhas of the ancient alphabet.  This is a tree to build boats.  It is used in bonfires at the Winter Solstice to call back the sun, and as an aide for despondency or despair.  Notice the seeds of the cones, outlined in gold thread.

IRISH LADIES TRESSES...a rare and beautiful orchid found in Ireland and Scotland.  It grows in proximity to Oak and Scot's Pine...just like in the quilt.  The small white florets are puffed fabric, and stitched in a 3-dimensional manner onto the quilt.

 

Druid Quilt

 

Stalks of  WHEAT follow next in the cycle....the very staple of life, and focus of August's celebration of Lughnasa in Ireland, and that of Lammastide in Scotland.

A branch of ROWAN...."quickbeam", the Tree of Life.  Druids kindled them for incantations.  Adorned with berries of  'magic'  to heal the wounded.  They were considered food for the gods.  Luis of the Ogham Calendar.

The background fabric of the quilt is a marbled light blue, representative of the sky and heavens.

Each of the four corners contains a Celtic knot design of zoomorphic-styled birds, with embroidered feather details in metallic threads which shimmer and gleam in the light.

Newgrange, spiral, quilt

 

 

The central spiral is done in marbled green fabric to match the outer border of the quilt.  It is appliqued using metallic thread which picks up and emits flickering rays of light.

 

 

Note that the stitching on the front of the quilt mirrors to the back, as seen in the Thistle below.

Scottish Nature QuiltThe exquisite and detailed hand-stitching, along with the 3-dimensional rendering of so many features, make for a very unique and one-of-a-kind work of art.  Sure to catch the eye, and hold pride of place wherever it is displayed.

The Quilt is both machine and hand-stitched.  Appliqued pieces are all highlighted using satin-stitching embroidery in a variety of cotton/polyester and metallic threads.   Tabs at the top of the quilt hold a dowel for hanging.

A delightful way to bring Nature and the out of doors - indoor to home or office.


Celtic Nature is currently available for sale. 
For more pictures and detailed background information, please see CELTIC  NATURE



If you are interested in a Celtic-Themed quilt....one which reflects your Gaelic.....or any ethnic heritage or background...please give us a call at 617-304-4249   or email  bev@acustomquilt.net.  
We'd be happy to design a quilt to celebrate your own ethnic heritage.
There is no charge for consulting.


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