Let Love Shine

The yoga studio where I practice can be a bit chilly in the spring and fall.  During Savasana (you know, corpse pose: lying completely still, focusing on your breath), I have trouble focusing on anything but cold fingers and toes.  Clearly, I needed a yoga quilt.

What Does a Yoga Quilt Look Like?

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Let Love Shine

In addition to making me stretchie-bendy and strong, yoga offers some life lessons.  Something I work on is the flow of positive energy.   I just think about walking into a room full of happy, excited people.  That energy pours right into me, and I feel the buzz from it.

What sort of energy am I sharing?  I try to lead with love and positivity.  I try.  I’m a work in progress.

My quilt had featured a heart, the design and the quilting needed to represent the outward flow of energy, and  I needed an organic, spontaneous process.  OK, but how to start?

After cruising Pinterest for a bit, I stumbled upon a tutorial for making Pieces of My Heart, by Wendy Williams of Red Thread Studio.  Bingo!  I was off and running.

The fabrics for the top are all batiks and hand-dyed, with some of the hand-dyed being my own.  The pieces are all very small at the start, so I got to choose a lot of fun fabrics.

The quilt is made in two parts; each starting with half of a very small heart.  As successive strips of fabric are added and trimmed, every so often, a rotary cutter is used to trim and refine the heart shape.

 

20171029_1408177155091442367579437.jpgThe two halves were constantly lined up, fabrics were auditioned, and more strips were added.  At this point, one of the challenges of this technique became very obvious.

Williams gives a warning about this in the tutorial: trimming the strips leaves bias edges.  Sewing seams along the bias involves a lot of loosey-goosey, flexie-stretchie bits (sounds right for yoga, right?).  Moving the growing pieces also took care, as I didn’t want to stretch them out of shape.

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I started this quilt on October 1, 2017.  By November 10, all of it’s bits and pieces were packed up and loaded into the car for our drive to British Columbia.

Let Love Shine goes on a road trip!  

My sewing machine wasn’t set up again until our house sit in Comox, on Vancouver Island.  While I often consult Karen during my design process (it’s good to have a second set of eyes, she’s good with colour, and she can make decisions in a heartbeat), this project had a second consultant.

Miss Tala seemed to approve, every step of the way.

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Things were moving along very well until I needed one final fabric.  I was in search of the perfect black-purple batik, and poor Karen learned that a person can search a lot of quilt shops before finding that one perfect match.

During this stall, inspiration for another quilt hit my squirrely brain, so my *ahem* focus shifted.  Then, all production came to a screeching halt, while we travelled Thailand for a month.

Eventually, back home, I got the two halves finished, sewn together, squared, and sandwiched (layered with the flannel backing and cotton batting).  The squaring off and sandwiching happened with a lot of help.  What would I do without my quilting groups?

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At 129 x 193 cm (51 x 76″), this is the biggest project I’ve quilted on my domestic machine.  Lesson learned: ignore the advice to roll the quilt to fit it through the throat space of my machine.  That roll of fabric and batting became very stiff and hard to move.

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My quilting stitches were uneven to say the least, and I ripped out several lines of extremely small stitches.  Not fun.

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Simply smooshing the material allowed it to puddle and move freely.  Much easier.  Far fewer bad words.

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I managed to get the binding attached the day before setting up our quilt show this past weekend.  Even so, Last Minute Leah employed some quilt show smoke and mirrors.

The back is a total mess, as I still have to tie off and bury my threads!

Good thing it wasn’t a juried show.

 

 

 

 

On display at the Ponemah Thera-Piecers’ Quilt Show

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Let Love Shine

October 1, 2017 – Any Minute Now, 2018

 

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37 thoughts on “Let Love Shine

  1. Wow, it’s gorgeous! I would love to make something like that but I don’t think I have the patience

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  2. That is the number one lesson from quilting: patience. That’s not my strong suit, but it’s growing.

    Thanks for the compliment.

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  3. It’s funny, I have generally avoided hearts. I thought they were too sweet and girlie. It kind of surprised me that I thought to make this!

    I ♡ it. 🤓

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  4. Awesome piece of art Leah! And your canine model is particularly gorgeous! I love that Tala and our home played a part in your heart. Now I want to see you roll that sucker up with your yoga mat and cart it to class, 💕♥️😍

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  5. Thank you very much. It’s not a tailored, ruffled skirt with a pouf and matching plaid on the seams, like you pull off, but I will take that compliment with a very warm heart.

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  6. Every single time I put the quilt down, Tala was there to check it out (just like my cats used to do with my sewing projects).

    Miss Tala does add a little bit of style to any scene, doesn’t she?

    I just had a flashback to attending your yoga class, when the instructor wore her fake butt! I love that we have these connections.

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  7. Lol I do love that skirt! I dodge quilting despite having tons of scraps, purely because of the actual quilting part. I quite like making crazy patchwork pieces though- the almost random aspect gladdens my chaotic heart! Even more amazing is that it travelled with you so much too. I envy your travels…

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  8. As much as I enjoy my travels, I have to say that I’ve turned into a bit of a home body this summer. I can barely drag myself out of my little village!

    You may be what is affectionately called a “topper.” There are many, many people who like piecing the quilt tops, but send them to a longarm quilter to have them finished. No shame in that!

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  9. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your quilt, your process, your yoga approach and your intention. I have forgotten what genuine peace in the heart feels like. You and your quilt show me a way back to the center. I am in tears.

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  10. Kathryn, thank you for sharing your thoughts. It’s lovely to hear from you. I wish you peace and contentment, even if it’s only for moments at a time. Breath in all that is good.

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  11. Oh that is such a beautiful quilt! I have tried to get ALL of my students to bring socks to wear during shavasana, but they haven’t. There are some that put on their socks (if they came to class wearing them) so that is a step. I have one student who decided to heed my word and try a blanket and she loves it. I think that even when it is warm the air moving from the air conditioner can be a distraction on the 7000 nerves in the feet!

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  12. I’m a sock wearer, all the way! They’re quick and easy to whip off before I get my dog on. I only just now thought about starting off with mittens!! I hope it doesn’t come to that.

    Thanks for reading and for your compliment. I’m glad you like my quilt. It’s rolled up in my mat, ready to hit the studio this morning.

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  13. It was great, thanks! The studio has turned cold (too soon for fall weather), but my toes stayed nice and protected. I can even wrap my hands up while they’re extended (the benefits of a custom quilt!).

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  14. Congratulations, Leah! I am not a quilter, but I have been known to crawl under a quilt on occasion. Always enjoy your humor, and I love the design. Not to mention Lory’s favorite colors! Oops, colours, eh?

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  15. Thanks, Norm.

    Colours, eh, indeed! I’ve never been a big fan of quilts, believe it or not. It’s only since I began making them that I actually discovered their appeal.

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