Monday, February 28, 2011

Shining on a Walk


Solstice 6, part of a sun series created in 2008, is a 12" square quiltlet that is pieced, appliqued, painted and machine quilted.   I am donating it in support of this year's MS Walk  to Beth Atkins, my long time yoga student and MS Walk team captain, who will it add to the donation reservoir for her team.  Follow the link above to find out more about the event and Beth's team!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Resurrection



Carol Rossi created a thoughtful addition to the set during her 2005 participation in the Bhavana Project.  Here is her interpretation:  Resurrection - rebirth, renewal. String is representative of purusa, spirit, soul, everlasting, continuous. Beads are representative of prakrti, person - hallmarks in a life, everything that exists, finite.

She shared her thoughts about the project  "I am honored to have been a part of the Bhavana Project. Linda has created a unique collaborative project that gives everyone involved the opportunity to express herself fully. The strands of personalized flags, to me, represent the way we are each individual yet connected by a thread.
Viva la bhavana!"


Retreat Center, Montecito, CA

Monday, February 21, 2011

Updates and more...

 The journey with one of my latest quilts is completed.... "Fluid Fissures" is ready for the entry deadline.  After sewing on the facings, thought I would share the link to a great tutorial from Jeri Riggs for the best quilt facing technique I have found to date.  One that doesn't end up with a lot of fabric bulk in those hard to turn corners.  Try it!



More updates.... The Discovery Challenge quilts are now on the road.  The next stop  - the Denver National Quilt Festival, April 28 - May 1. 
The Sketchbook Project is open at the Brooklyn Library and soon to be on tour.  The closest it will get to me is San Francisco on June 18. 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Play


Here is another Bhavana Project flag from the first set in 2005.  Sara Cloud chose "Play" for her theme.  She says, " It's strange to realize how powerful hands on activity can be in relation to our intentions."  
A wonderful reminder of the power of creative process! 








 
 

Friday, February 11, 2011

In Progress

Some seasonal fun tidbits that I have been playing with...













I am still in process with the quilt below.  You may remember the earlier version of one of the sister pieces ( see previous post ).  More layers of paint were added along with hand embroidery detailing.  The intended entry deadline came and went...or so I thought.  Now I have until March 1st.  Ah!  I am happy the date was extended (seems to to be a number of extensions recently, wonder what that is about) ...for I have the motivation to complete this one...which is sometimes needed, don't you agree??

February work in progress detail...

Earlier detail

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Courage

I have updated the Bhavana Project site and linked it to this blog's Flag Page.  Check it out!
 
Also, I wanted to share with you another flag from the first set in 2005.  My friend Chris Dormaier, a Seattle based yoga therapist, chose Courage for her theme.  She shared her thoughts: "At first I was intimidated by the depth of the messages that were already done, and then I realized that that was exactly what I was going to put on mine was the thing I was feeling FEAR. We live in such a fear based society right now, that we must be vigilant about not letting it get to us. So Courage is the word I chose." 
I appreciate the power and simplicity of her flag.



The flags will be returning soon...are you ready to particpate with us?!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

What is important?


Last Friday, there was another memorial service commemorating a short but remarkable life lived.  This Buddhist contemplation seems very apt right now- "Since death is certain, but the time of death is uncertain, what is the most important thing?"  Words to reflect on.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Remembering

I wanted to share the fine poem "Imagine a Woman" by Patricia Lynn Reilly with you.  It came to my attention as part of last weekend's memorial service of a remarkable woman, Nancy Chernus Mansfield.  I had the privilege of attending the service with a mutual friend who was close to Nancy.  Nancy was a tireless advocate of children and families at the Retinoblastoma Center at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.  This poem was apparently one of her favorites, and I can see why.  May it inspire you as well.

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