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Celtic Quilting


Not much is known about Celtic quilting history.

One thing we do know is how beautiful the intricate knotting system they’ve created shows on a quilt.

Here we will give you an example of how to incorporate this technique in your own design.

How to Incorporate

There are several ways to bring a Celtic design to your quilt.

For instance the three easiest methods are:

1.    Embroidery

2.    Applique

3.    Piecing

Embroidery and applique tend to be the easiest to incorporate a Celtic flair to your quilt.

Finding piecing patterns for this style can be hard to find.

That is why we are going to go over one of them today.

Celtic Twist Colors

McCall’s Quilting has a wonderful Celtic pattern that is a perfect example how piecing a design can make a quilt.  This pattern is called Celtic Twist.  Clicking on the link will take you to the instructions for this pattern.

This quilting pattern can be used with any colors you wish. 

I know the colors displayed using shades of green.  However, any colors would work well.  Shades of blue, purple, and green batik fabric would work awesomely.  Mixing and matching colors make it pop even more.

The more different the colors are that you choose the more depth will be to the design in your quilt.


Since this is a quilting block design, the overall quilt you make can be any size.

Just remember that the finished block is a 12” x 12”.  That means that your quilt dimensions will have to be divisible by 12, minus the boarders.  This is explained further in Block Quilting.

Because of the block’s larger size, it would be an excellent pattern for a bigger size quilt.  A queen or king would have lots of detail and imagery. 

Of course, a twin or crib size would work alright too.  It would just be less for the eyes to feast on. 

Wrap Up

There you have it, Celtic quilting using a piecing pattern to assemble a top.  Later we’ll also go over how to use applique and embroidery to make this type of design. 

For now though, you have an excellent place to start.

Until next time.

Happy quilting,


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