Philomena Durcan's Gallery

Here are some pictures of Philomena's books, along with quilts & quilt blocks made from her designs.  Please be patient, as it may take a little bit for these to load! Please scroll down to view all the pictures. If you've made a quilt or blocks from any of Philomena's books, please email a picture to Scarlett and she'll share it here!

Celtic Quilt Designs II: The Children of Lir, Philomena's fourth book

Children of Lir cover

Children of Lir
Philomena's third book contains 24 brand new Celtic Interlace block designs and illustrations showing step-by-step instructions. Five of the new block designs are pictured on this cover.

Children of Lir back cover

Here's the back cover of Children of Lir, showing some more of the new block designs.

Kaaren's Children of Lir quilt

Kaaren Biggs of Simcoe, Ontario, Canada entered her finished quilt in the Norfolk County Fair in October. The quilt won a First Prize in its category and then it also won Reserve Grand Champion.

Vittoria in November 2011.

A closeup of Kaaren's quilt, with ribbon attached.

All of the Celtic blocks are from Children of Lir by Philomena Durcan.

Kaaren Biggs' Celtic block.

Celtic block made by Kaaren Biggs of Simcoe, Ontario, Canada

For 2010, Kaaren is teaching a Celtic Block of the Month class using Philomena's Children of Lir book.

Kaaren's Rathlin block.

Kaaren Biggs' Rathlin block

Kim Cook's Christian Cross block.

Kim Cook's Christian Cross block.

Kathy Hird's 3 blocks.

Kathy Hird with 3 of her Celtic blocks.

Mary Sayban with her 4 blocks.

Mary Sayban with 4 of her Celtic blocks.

Dianne Bakker's Celtic quilt.

Dianne Bakker's Celtic quilt.

A Celtic Garden, Philomena's third book

A Celtic Garden cover

A Celtic Garden
Philomena's third book

Quilt from A Celtic Garden

From inside of A Celtic Garden, a sample quilt

Blocks from A Celtic Garden.

Floral blocks from A Celtic Garden


Carol Borland's quilt.

My Four Roses by Carroll Borland of Red Bluff, CA. Carroll made it as a tribute to the four inspirational women in Carroll's life: her grandmother, mother, daughter and granddaughter.

Celtic Spirals- Philomena's second book

The cover of Celtic Spirals book.

Celtic Spirals

Inside page from Celtic Spirals book.

Inside page from Celtic Spirals

Here are some quilts made from Philomena's first book, Celtic Quilt Designs:

Back cover of Celtic Quilt Designs.

Back cover of Celtic Quilt Designs, showing all the quilts Philomena made for this book.

Closeup of Celtic Quilt Designs cover quilt.

Close up of Philomena's quilt on the cover of Celtic Quilt Designs. This is Philomena's first book on Celtic applique.

From the AQS show in the mid 1990s.

From the AQS show in the mid 1990s.

Anne S in Ontario made this quilt.

Anne S. In Ontario, Canada made this quilt for Jeramy and Holly.

From a show in 1996.

Picture taken at a quilt show in 1996.

Quilt by Joni S in WA.

Quilt made by Joni S, shown at a quilt guild meeting in Washington state.

Celtic Sampler

This is a Celtic Sampler by Jeanne Fischer of Ellensburg, WA. Measuring 71" square, this quilt was hand appliqued by Jeanne and machine quilted by Dian Keepers of Centralia, WA. The designs used are from Philomena Durcan's Celtic Quilt Designs and Scarlett Rose's Celtic Style Floral Applique. It has been juried into the 2005 AQS show held in the Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville, Tennessee on August 24-27th.



Celtic quilt made by Kaaren Biggs of Canada.

Kaaren Biggs of Canada made this quilt with 18 of the block designs from Philomena Durcan's first book Celtic Quilt Designs.

Karen lives in the small town of Simcoe, Ontario, Canada, which is on the north shore of Lake Erie about 2 hours west of Buffalo, New York. Karen says, "I have loved doing Celtic-style applique for several years, both by hand and by machine, and have been teaching the technique as well.  I teach a Celtic class and many other classes through a quilt shop called Quilters' Haven in the village of Renton which is just five miles from Simcoe."

Multicolor quilt.

Wallhanging made from multicolor batik and black, unknown source.

[Light A Penny Candle]

Light A Penny Candle
by Lynn Scoby of Seattle, WA
72" x 112"

This quilt has blocks that were designed by Philomena Durcan from her book Celtic Quilt Designs.  Lynn decided to use one of Scarlett's borders from her first book, Celtic Style Floral Applique, to finish off this quilt.  The Celtic border is also available in "Celtic Medallion IV" as a pattern or as an e-pattern.


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