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Philomena Durcan

Author, Designer, Quiltmaker

           

Oregon Quilt Project

Philomena Durcan introduced Celtic design to the quilt world in 1980 with the publication of her first book, Celtic Quilt Designs.

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Philomena Durcan introduced Celtic design to the quilt world in 1980 with the publication of her first book, Celtic Quilt Designs. Since then she has lectured and given workshops throughout the world on her Interlace, Spiral, and Floral designs. Her work has been exhibited internationally in numerous museums and shows, and she has been featured in quilting magazines such as Traditional Quilter (Featured Teacher), Patchwork Quilt Tsushin (Japan), as well as on Kaye Wood’s television show Quilting for the 90’s, and on Alex Anderson’s show Simply Quilts.

In addition, Philomena is a designer of Celtic stencils for Stensource International, one of the largest stencil companies in the United States. Through Stensource, her stencils are distributed worldwide. Philomena was originally from County Sligo, Ireland, where she was greatly influenced by her mother, a lace maker. She has since combined her Irish heritage with her designs and needlework skills to develop a new and unique concept of fabric art. She is retired in Portland, Oregon, but continue to explore new horizons in Celtic design.

After the success of her first book, Celtic Quilt Designs, Philomena published three books of spiral and floral quilt patterns based on her bias applique technique. These are Celtic Spirals, A Celtic Garden and Celtic Quilt Designs II, The Children of Lir. Each book includes full size design patterns. The first 10 quilts shown were not made by Philomena, but were made from patterns in her book, Celtic Spirals. The 11 quilt was made from patterns in the Celtic Medallion I book. The last quilt was made from a pattern in the Persian Treasure book.

In these books, Philomena demonstrates how three ancient Celtic art forms (Interlace, Spiral, and Floral motifs) can be beautifully adapted to the art of applique quilting. Celtic Design Company has been the sole distributor of the original Celtic design quilting books around the World!

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