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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Market Day at Stonehenge

I am a big fan of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, in which stone circles play a big part. I have started making some of the cover art into small quilts, with a background of dipoini silk. You can see some of these further back in my blog.
But my favorite thing, maybe my most favorite thing I have ever done is Market Day at Stonehenge.  I even made it a triptych. I used hand dyed fabric that I purchased online, since I am not a dyer.  I got the material from Wendy Richardson.  I put the large stones on the background and set 3 figures at a stone table with their wares.  On the right part of the triptych I featured an oxcart bringing things to market, and on the left side  2 women with a torch.
For the most part the piece is raw edge applique, a technique I learned from Pamela Allen.  Some pieces are needle turned applique.  I used embroidery floss to attached the pieces and to hand quilt it. Some of the quilting (spirals and concentric squares) I found in a Pictish stone online. The first picture shows the completed

quilt measuring 43 wide by 17 tall. The second picture shows the right part of the triptych, and the third shows the left side.  Finally the bottom picture shows the center.


  1. oh yes ! market day at stonehenge is really an awesome work. i am not surprised it is your favourite. (lindamorris )

  2. yours is the second reference to Diana Gabaldon today! I have read all her books and heard her speak at the national book festival in DC. She is really funny and entertaining as a speaker BTW. The show is coming out soon. I saw the trailer and like Clair but Jamie...
    LeeAnna Paylor

  3. All I can say is "WOW!" Love your work!

  4. I love these. I've read all her books too and these works really are a great interpretation.