Helen Hazon – Music
Inspiration: Based on the Skye Boat Song. Made in cotton with metal foil and nylon/polyester nets.
Inspiration for the Music theme came to me while on holiday in NW Scotland. I knew that I wanted a single song as the basis for my quilt – and there it was in front of me, the Isle of Skye with its distinctive mountains and calm blue sea – on that day anyway!
For those who may not know of the song, The Skye Boat Song is Scottish. It was written in the late 19th century to commemorate the journey of Bonnie Prince Charlie (Charles Edward Stuart) from Benbecula to the Isle of Skye (both are islands in the Hebrides group NW of Scotland) to avoid capture by Government troops after his defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746. It’s a very famous song here in the UK with many versions available to listen to on the internet.
The opening lines are:
Speed bonnie boat like a bird on the wing
Onward the sailors cry.
Carry the lad that’s born to be king
Over the sea to Skye
My quilt is mostly cotton with the mountains and boat made from 2 different types of nylon/polyester. I added metal foil for the moon and its reflections and quilted with cotton and metallic threads.
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