The Chakra commission quilt that I have been working on for far too long is finally finished! I laid it out on my bed so I could remove the lint from it and I just had to take some photos and a short video too!
The sun was shining in and really highlighting the beautiful texture of the machine quilting. It also brought out all the subtle changes in colour of the hand dyed fabrics.
The machine stitching has made the quilt, perfect for snuggling under. It has enough quilting to soften the lap sized quilt but not too much to make it stiff.
It has been an honour to have been asked to reinterpret my Modern Chakra Quilt into a functional quilt. It’s been fun to create it using all of my hand dyed fabrics.
Set of five of my Chakra series of quilts is available in my shop.
These all occasion cards are blank inside and come with envelope. They are printed on glossy paper that show the beautiful colour of the original quilts. On the back of each card is the title, the medium and size of the original artwork.
These greeting cards would make a wonderful gift for the holistic seeker, yogi or quilt lover in your life.
Individual fine art photo mount cards of these Chakra Quilts are also available individually in my shop.
I am happy to be making my series of Chakra quilts available on blank note cards. Photographs of my art quilts are mounted on heavy weight card stock with matching envelope.
Chakra is a Sanskrit word that means wheel of light. These spinning centres of vitality move energy up through our bodies keeping our physical, spiritual, and emotional selves in harmony.
Danielle’s Quilt was the first chakra quilt I designed and made for my sister-in-law whose body was out of alignment – she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Each chakra is appliqued in the colours and symbols associated with that area of the body. The Vibrant Path quilt was entered into the Sacred Threads Exhibit and I documented the process in previous posts.
The Chakra Quilt above was a commissioned piece. It is the largest in this series at 90″ by 105″. I love the flames of orange and red behind the seated figure!
Radiant Light was purchased by a healthcare professional and is hanging in their office. This quilted art piece has also been published in the book: Quilts and Health by Marsha MacDowell, Clare Luz, and Beth Donaldson. More about this quilt and book is in this post.
Simplifying the chakra symbols into their most basic elements, I used hand dyed fabrics to create Modern Mosaic Chakra.
Each blank note card is 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm (5″ x 7″) and comes with an envelope. This Chakra series of cards as well as the Flora & Fauna series are available in my shop.
Clare Luz assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine at Michigan State University
Beth Donaldson, Digital Humanities Project Asset Coordinator at Michigan State University.
These three authors have written a scholarly book that is beautifully illustrated with hundreds of quilts as well as the stories behind them. Through their research they discovered that they could not name a disease that could not be connected to a quilt. Quilts are given as to comfort and memorialize those suffering from so many diseases. The AIDS Memorial quilt is an iconic example.
I am thrilled that my quilt: Radiant Light is included in this book.
My quilt appears in chapter three: Individual Experiences of Health and Well-being Through Quiltmaking. Radiant Light is the third in a series of chakra quilts. The first was made for my sister-in-law who was diagnosed with cancer. The second quilt was made as a commission for someone who had seen my first one and had survived this disease. I have since made a fourth quilt: The Vibrant Path.
Excited to see my name and Sandy’s name in the index!
Radiant Light is an original design. The background is pieced as are the leaves. The outline of the woman and the chakras are appliqued. The quilt was beautifully long-arm quilted by Sandy Lindal of Scrappy Gal Quilt Co.
Artist Statement submitted to the Sacred Threads Exhibition:
This quilt embodies the divine life force in women. Chakra centers correspond to seven centers of energy in the human body. These spiraling wheels of vibrational energy channel power into and out of the body. When this vital energy flows easily, we remain in physical, spiritual and emotional alignment. The portrayal of the chakras superimposed on a female figure honours this divine/vital/transformative power. This quilt is a reminder to us all to be nurturing of ourselves, to be present in the moment, and to be in tune with the creative life force within us.
Radiant Light was accepted and displayed at the Sacred Threads Exhibition 2013. It was purchased by a health professional and is currently on display in their offices. I can’t think of a better location for Radiant Light.
My son’s last school art project involved selecting a Canadian artist and creating a piece based on their style. My son chose me!
He spent some time looking at the photos on my blog and selected The Vibrant Path. I was very pleased and surprised! He very carefully drew out his design in pencil and then coloured it in with pencil crayons.
He also researched the artist and wrote a couple of paragraphs describing their work and some background information.
This is the finished piece I submitted to the Sacred Threads Exhibition. It’s a chakra quilt based on the Kundalini serpent design. Kundalini is a Sanskrit word describing the life force or spiritual energy that resides in the body. I’ve been exploring the ideas of balance in our lives or more likely, imbalance in our lives! The Kundalini serpent represents the seven energy centres (chakras) awakening, rising up, activating each in turn until a whole, healthy and balanced state is achieved.
This is a juried exhibition, so I won’t know until the end of April whether this quilt has been accepted. Below is a detail of the Throat Chakra, it is said to be located in the throat area and deals with communication, self-expression and the truth.
I dyed a piece of Hoffman PFD (prepared for dyeing) fabric for a whole cloth quilt. This is a very good quality cotton with a lovely hand. The fabric was laid flat on a large table on top of a sheet of plastic. Each of the colours was mixed, and applied individually onto the wet cloth. Another sheet of plastic was laid on top and I used a paint roller to spread the dye into the cloth.
I left the fabric to cure overnight, then I rinsed it out, washed it and am happy with the results. Each of the seven colours on the cloth correspond to one of the seven chakras.
The chakra symbols are constructed from two or more shades of hand dyed cottons. They pieces are cut, fused and satin stitched to the darker piece of fabric by Carol Bryer Fallaert. This fabric by Benartex is called Glacier Park, it is a beautiful deep purple that looks almost black. The kundalini serpent below is also made with this gorgeous fabric.
This quilt will be the fourth in a series of quilts I’ve created based on the chakra symbols.
I hope to enter this piece into the Sacred Threads Exhibition this year. This exhibition occurs every two years and features quilts that are based on “Expressions of Joy, Spirituality, Inspiration, Grief, Healing and Peace/Brotherhood”. My quilt, Radiant Light was accepted into the exhibition in 2013. You can see it as well as a selection of other beautiful and inspirational quilts in the Sacred Threads gallery, as well as the first three of my chakra quilts on my website.