Am fear nach cuir a shnaidhm, caillidh e chiad ghrèim.
The man who puts not a knot on his thread loses the first stitch.
I love the intricacies of celtic design. Aidan Meehan has published a series of books on Celtic design that are an excellent help when it comes to drafting the designs. He is also very informative about the origins of the designs. In this quilt I used a lot of his drafting techniques and design elements.
Knot work is, of course a large part of celtic designs. Zoomorphic design is also a key element.
The design in the four corners of the quilt is after a Commaccio Flagon Mount, Italy, about 325 BC. In the outline, you can see the mask, with the drop shaped eyes and bulbous nose. In the corners are dragon shapes and in the triangles, griffin shapes.
This is a close of of the knot work.
This is a closeup of the central spiral.
The quilt is approximately 58×58 inches. It is hand appliqued, and hand quilted. It is finished with a corded edging.