One of the most popular trends in applique quilts today is Celtic quilting, done by continually weaving thin fabric strips into a decorative geometric pattern that seems to have no beginning and no end.
Such interlace or endless knot inspired designs have been around at least since the Roman Empire, but it is the Celts, a Germanic people who settled the British Isles, who are identified most often with this art form. During the Dark Ages, Celtic artists incorporated continuous line designs into everything from castles and monuments to the margins of bibles – the Book of Kells an interlace decorated manuscript from 8th century Ireland, is considered one of the finest works of art in the world.
There is one thing the Celts didn’t decorate with endless knot designs – quilts! Quilting didn’t come to Ireland until the 18th century.