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    Scottish Quilt Block?

    I'm writing my second novel, a Christian Romance. The lead female is a quilt barn painter. That's a person who paints a quilt pattern on sign board to display on a barn or house, for those who don't know.
    The design needs to be a traditional quilt pattern that would have been used in Scotland in the early 1900's. In the plot the barn quilt pattern comes from an heirloom quilt they find stored in an old trunk. This quilt came from Scotland to the USA during WWII.
    Any ideas?
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    Maybe try sending these people an email
    http://scottishtextileheritage.org.u...sp?articleNo=8
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    Thanks, Woody, I'll give them a try.
    I've found a Scottish Thistle pattern and a Celtic Knot pattern. Might work if I can't find a better idea.
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    I think I've seen white on white ones and maybe the chintz cut outs appliqued to plain backgrounds?I know that the American Red Cross sent quilts to England during WW2. I saw a story about them in one of my quilt magazines and maybe you could tie those into your story too.

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    White on White would make a lovely quilt. It wouldn't look so great hanging on the side of a barn. A bit hard to see details in that. The appliques would be fine for a quilt barn block. Ideas on a pattern??

    This quilt needs to come from Scotland with two children who are evacuated. Thanks for the tip on the Red Cross. I'll see if they have some pics on a website.
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    On the International Patriotic Challenge thread, Muv just posted a "Scotch Thistle" that she's completed as part of her Diamond Jubilee quilt
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    As you probably know, most Scottish families can trace their family name to a particular Clan. Each Clan has it's own tartan. The Tartan has a particular pattern and colourway. Perhaps you can incorporate this somehow. There are also elements of a family crest that could be adapted.

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    Do a Google search for antique Scottish quilts. I just did and found several old quilts that might be what you need.

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    Nova Scotia Canada has a rich Scot history. You could also look into designs used in Nova Scotia. I have not done any research but I thought most antique quilts from that area were wholecloth and that patchwork quilt blocks were not very popular in that era.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    On the International Patriotic Challenge thread, Muv just posted a "Scotch Thistle" that she's completed as part of her Diamond Jubilee quilt

    Thanks to each of you. You've given some good suggestions. I'll check each of them out. If others have data feel free to pass it along.
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    http://www.barnquilttrails.ca/quilt/all-tangled this is a link to barn quilts in ontario. there is an example of a quilt block made reflecting the family's clan tartan from Scotland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riutzelj View Post
    http://www.barnquilttrails.ca/quilt/all-tangled this is a link to barn quilts in ontario. there is an example of a quilt block made reflecting the family's clan tartan from Scotland.
    Thanks for that link!! I've been wanting to check out our Ontario Barn Quilt Trail, and am glad to get all the updated hosts. WOW!! has it ever grown since the starts only a few years ago for the Plowing Match. Interesting the link you gave as I know some of the McK's from that area!
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    http://scottishtextileheritage.org.u...rchResults.asp

    There are illustrations of three quilts here, a log cabin, a trapunto and an 18th century chintz medallion that includes basic star blocks in the borders, ca 1830.

    http://www.quiltmuseum.org.uk/collec...-coverlet.html
    shows a red and white strippy 1900-1930.

    Good luck with your novel.

    BTW: The Quilts of the British Isles [Paperback]
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    as is, more expensively:

    Quilt Treasures of Great Britain: The Heritage
    Janet Rae
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    Where did you find the thistle pattern?

    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt-Writer View Post
    I've found a Scottish Thistle pattern and a Celtic Knot pattern.

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    Thistle and Celtic Knot

    Quote Originally Posted by barbgooch View Post
    Where did you find the thistle pattern?
    http://www.barnquilttrails.ca/quilt/mcalister-thistle
    I don't have a "cloth pattern" for Celtic Knot. This link is for a quilt barn trail with a "Thistle" pattern. It would be an applique if you made it from cloth. That's the same quilt trail link with the "All Tangled Up" tartan pattern.

    This is a picture I took of a Celtic Knot quilt block hanging at a pub in Manchester, KY.

    I think I downloaded a cloth pattern for Thistle during my research. I'll look for it and post if I find it.
    Thanks for the other links. I'll check on those to see if one would fit my needs in the book.
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    http://www.ludlowquiltandsew.co.uk/T...ilt_Block.html

    Here is the link for a "Thistle" cloth pattern.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt-Writer View Post
    http://www.ludlowquiltandsew.co.uk/T...ilt_Block.html

    Here is the link for a "Thistle" cloth pattern.
    And go one step beyond this pattern, and you'll find more info about Scottish Themed Quilts!
    http://www.ludlowquiltandsew.co.uk/S...med_Quilt.html
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    Some great info. Thanks for the help. I'm gathering ideas and pictures.
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    Hi Melinda, thanks for posting my Quilt Art Square! I just wanted to correct the city, that is Celtic Knot on O'Rourkes pub in historic Downtown Maysville Ky on the Ohio River. It is part of the Maysville Heritage Quilt Trail, 21 squares in and on historic buildings in our beautiful town. www.randesignscustomjewelry.com, check out the Quilt trail page!

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