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Celtic Quilting

“Easy, but Complicated… Looking”

Have you ever seen a Celtic quilting pattern, but thought there was no way you could make it yourself?

Our patterns are so easy, even a beginner could make them come to life.

We’ll walk you through the process on how to make them into fabric reality and look good.

Before you know it your friends and family with be complimenting your work and wanting some of it to be theirs.

The How To

Here are some simple steps to guide you through working with our Celtic patterns.

Print out the pattern.

After you have the pattern printed out, choose your fabrics. Decide what will be the different pieces of the pattern and what will be the background fabric.

Then trace the whole design on to some fusible adhesive.

We prefer Heat n Bond because it’s high quality and extremely affordable.

If this is the brand you choose, use ultra-hold for non-washable wall hangings and lite hold for anything that will see the washer or a needle.

The lite-hold is the only one that can be stitched down. We don’t want to gum up your needles or cause a fun project to be the one to make you scream at the top of your lungs. Don’t want to scare the neighbors. ;)

Next, cut out your design in between the lines or outer lines. Don’t cut out each individual piece for the smaller knots yet. Just cut around those pieces for now.

Place the design on the back of the desired fabric. Make sure the adhesive side is against the wrong side of the material. It could get mess if the adhesive side touches the iron. Ewe.

Then, with a medium hot iron, press the fusible and count to 3.

Now that the fusible is on the fabric, cut fabric along the inner lines. This particular step is what helps the designs look so good and have less fraying or whiskers on the edges. Don’t cut the knots yet!

Arrange the applique in the ideal position on the background fabric. Cut the pieces for the knots as you press them into place. Use the cut away parts as a negative guide for knots placement.

Got the perfect fit and know where things should go?

Wonderful. Peel off the paper backing and iron press the piece into place to the count of 5.

Once that is finished it’s time to stitch it down with a satin stitch if you planned to do so.

This is done with a tight zigzag stitch that is also known as a satin stitch.

Congratulations, now your quilting block is complete.


Remember to leave some fusible to be cut away once it is fussed to the applique fabric.  This is the essential step to avoid fraying to the edges of the material.

Use the cut away fabric with fusible backing that is usually just thrown in the garbage.  It makes the perfect guide to show you the ideal placement for the design pieces.

Lite weight fusible is the only one that can be needled.  Anything stronger will gum up your thread and ruin your needle.

Ultra hold fusible is perfect for decorative wall hangs that will never be washed or sewn.  It’s ideal for framed raw edge appliques.

Other Helpful Things

Never get discouraged when Celtic quilting.  Sometimes all it takes is walking out of the room and coming back to it.  Other times it just takes some practice.  A lot of times, it’s just a matter of point of view.

We are our worst critics.  Have patience with yourself.  Take a picture of your work.  Judge the work from your image, before you tear yourself down.  A change in view can make all the difference in the world when it comes to critiquing your own art.

Play around with it and enjoy.            

Remember, we are always here if you need help, guidance, or just to brag.  Be sure to post pictures of your work in our forum and share with the rest of us.

Wrap Up

We have several Celtic quilting patterns in our store.  Visit it and shop around.  See what you love and let us know if there are other things you would like to be available.

We look forward to serving you.

Until next time.

Happy quilting,

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