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Celtic Knot Quilt

pieced by Robby Alden and quilted by Jill Kerruish


Celtic art has been used to decorate stone, metal and wood for centuries.  In addition Christian manuscripts, most notably the Book of Kells, are illuminated with the most beautiful Celtic interlacing knotwork designs which are a constant source of inspiration to artists and craftworkers.  Many of our churches upon the Island have outstanding examples of 11th and 12th century Celtic crossed, which are carved with symbols and the familiar intricate interleaving.  More recently Archibald Knox created “Celtic Art” designs for Liberty silver and pewter ware.


Our quilt design was chosen to continue this Celtic tradition and to acknowledge the Christian significance of the year 2000.  The design by Robbie Alden was adapted from her Celtic Cross wall hanging which was made for the Manx  Heritage Flower Festival and which was displayed with the stone Celtic crosses in Old Kirk Braddan.


The technique we used was taught to us by Angela Madden in a Mannin Quilter’s workshop.  Narrow strips of gold fabric were cut on the bias, sewn into tubes and then temporarily attached to the background fabric using Bondaweb.  They were then hand sewn into place.  It was outline quilted by hand in gold thread with additional quilting by machine.