I entered these two quilts to the 2015 Journal Quilt Challenge (the theme was “Picture This”) and to my delight I won third place. There had to be two quilts, each just A4 size, so it was a real challenge, but great fun to do.
The Story of Michael Scott.
Michael Scott, who lived during the thirteenth century, was known far and near as a great scholar, and it is told that he had dealings with the fairies and other spirits. When he wanted to erect a house or a bridge he called the “wee folk” to his aid, and they did the work for him in a single night. He also had great skill as a healer of wounds and curer of diseases, and the people called him a magician.
The story of True Thomas.
True Thomas lay on Huntlie bank;
A ferlie he spied wi’ his e’e;
And there he saw a lady bright
Come riding down by the Eildon Tree.
Her skirt was o’ the grass-green silk,
Her mantle o’ the velvet fine;
At ilka tett of her horse’s mane
Hung fifty sil’er bells and nine.
True Thomas he pulled off his cap
And louted low down to his knee:
All hail, thou mighty Queen of Heaven!
For thy peer on earth I never did see.
O no, O no, Thomas, she said,
That name does not belang to me;
I am but the Queen of fair Elfland,
That am hither come to visit thee.
Harp and carp, Thomas, she said,
Harp and carp along wi’ me;
And if ye dare to kiss my lips,
Sure of your body I will be.
Betide me weal, betide me woe,
That weird shall never daunten me.
Syne he has kissed her rosy lips,
All underneath the Eildon Tree.
I have long admired Lizzie Mcdougall, a highland story teller and artist and thought I would take inspiration from her work. You may remember that we worked together last year on this quilt.
Here is another story panel I did last year, St Columba and the Worm.