My Country

In 2010 we were invited to make a collection on this theme for the annual exhibition at Veldhoven. The common size was specified, but we have interpreted the theme on a very individual basis.


Pat Archibald

East, West, Hame’s best

Inspired by the rich sunsets on the West Coast of Scotland, the mountains in the North West, the lowlands in the South East, but most of all by the stunning skylines of Edinburgh, my home town.

East, West, Hame's Best


Mary Ennis

Plus Ca Change

Millennia have seen innovation flourish and fade, but the land remains unchanged. Mountains stand and waters flow. “My Country” endures.

Plus Ca Change


Alison Drayson

The Highlands: a Lost Culture

This quilt reflects the changes in the Scottish Highland landscape and culture caused by the Highland Clearances of the early 19th century. The people were forcibly removed from the land and their homes burned to make way for sheep farms. Now the sheep too are gone and the land has become wilderness, with only occasional ruined settlements to remind us of our past. The central square contains memories of what has been lost; the people (many of whom emigrated to Canada), their Gaelic language and their way of life.

The quilt uses hand-dyed and commercial fabrics, and is machine pieced, with some hand stitching.

The Highlands: a Lost Culture


Margaret Morrow

Between the Islands

Scotland is a country of islands and you are never far away from the sea. We go sailing a great deal and I always think of approaching from the sea. The land always looks different from that perspective.

The quilt is silk dupion and silk satin. The satin gave me the slightly shiny feel I wanted for the sea. The whole quilt is painted with Marabu silk paints and raw edge appliquéd with other fabrics. The quilting was done with various rayon threads to represent the contours of the land and the waves of the sea.

Between the Islands


Margaret O’Gorman

Domiciled in Scotland

In my spare time from quilting, I have been pursuing family history. Throughout the 19th century my mother’s family lived in or near Fort George, Inverness-shire – either as soldiers or working in the Post Office. This discovery led me to other places in which they lived, and finally to the towns and cities in which I lived and worked.

Domiciled in Scotland


Joyce Watson

Scenic Sentinel

An interpretation of Doune Castle and the countryside near Stirling, Central Scotland.

Overpainted commercial fabrics and felted fibres, edged with interlaced Celtic strips. Machine embroidery and quilting enrich the textural quality of the image.

Scenic Sentinel


Jan Watson

Paisley 2010

I live in Renfrewshire whose county town is Paisley. The textile connection with the internationally recognized Paisley pattern was too tempting a potential theme to ignore and inspired this design. I was also intrigued by Katie Pasquini Masopust’s Ghost Layers technique, and have tried to marry the two ideas in this quilt.

Commercial fabrics, machine appliqué, machine embroidery and quilting, and some beading.

Paisley 2010