Scottish Mystery… Clue 1 Celtic Embroidery

Hi Mystery Participants Everywhere!

Some of you have already received clue #1 and I thought I’d use this blog post to explain the embroidery this month.  I chose a “Celtic” circle design to begin our mystery.  You KNOW how I LOVE to add embroidery to most of my quilts and the Scottish Mystery is no exception.

When traveling through Scotland last summer, my friend Erica found a wonderful gem of a “Georgian House” tucked away in Edinburgh.  The house was built in 1791 and decorated in the Georgian style and open to the public to view.  Georgian Architecture was named for the “kings” named George from 1714 – 1830.  (Yes, this included the King George that was ruling during the time of the American Revolution.)

Basically, the architecture and furnishings had proportion and balance.  (Just like all my quilts, I might add.)  Georgians loved symmetry which shows in these lovely bed covers.  Notice the symmetry of the head board.

Embroidered Georgian Headboard.

The “pockets” were there to store the lady’s or gentleman’s pocket watch.  We were told that pocket watches kept better time if they were stored upright and kept warm.

I loved the hand quilted whole cloth quilt that was on the bed and can you discover something by looking closely?

Look around the center design.

There it is!  My inspiration for our embroidery!  I did look up Celtic designs and found them in ancient writings in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Cornwall.  Celtic designs also decorated the first bibles.

Some of you have asked, how many colors do I use for my embroidery?  I like to use 2 different colors per line, but use whatever inspires YOU!

Be sure to check out my blog post at  for a refresher in hand embroidery.

Close up of my embroidered Celtic circle.

I did do all my blocks different just because I am the gal that always dove into her box of crayons the first day of school and used all of them!  You might want a “quieter” palette all the same.  It is up to you!  It is YOUR quilt!

Until Next Time,

Happy Embroidering!


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