Showing posts with label inspiration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label inspiration. Show all posts

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Quilting Mojo: Letting in the Light

"Love is the essence of the universe. Love in action is service."

 Sri Ravi Shankar

The very best part of quilting for me, is the love that a quilt can carry and in the giving of that quilt, how that love is passed on to someone else. I called it the "Letting in the Light" with my heart and my hands into another person's life.

Sometimes, I know and have met the person to whom I am giving the quilt, and sometimes I have not. But the love remains the same, and the passing along of that love and the deep happiness it brings to me is so much more important than any ribbon or award or recognition I could ever get for anything I make or do.

And whenever I can, I hang the quilt either outside in the air and in the light as a sort of spiritual cleansing and bringing of the light and if it is raining, then indoors where the light of our clearstory windows can shine through the quilt and with intent, bring in goodness and grace.

I keep prayer flags, of one kind or another, upon my railings year round and they, too, pass onto so many good thoughts, prayers, and positive intentions into my home, into our lives, and into whatever I am making or doing or giving from the heart.

I've learned of the impending birth of several little ones in need of quilty love and nothing better in the world than the making of wee quilts for wee little ones!

Whenever my mojo is lagging, my go to favorites are baby quilts, potholders, and cleaning the sewing room for fabric and bits of inspiration! Variety provides options and choices and while mine may seem diverse, they never fail to work.

This little quilt is one of my fidget, fiddle or tag quilts. Names for the fun the bits and pieces of ribbon around the edges create for the owner, whether a little one or an elder with fidgety hands as in the making of my own Tag or Baby Fidget Quilts.

Incredibly easy, quick, and SO much fun! And you needn't buy expensive ribbons, anything will work..from bits and bobs of ribbon, to rickrack, to seamed shut bias tape, to even the bits of woven ribbons that tie up fabric purchases and I've used the woven fabric of free items like logo lanyards..anything works as long as it is cute, clean, and washable!

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  Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Reaching Out with Light and Joy

There is only a single, urgent task: to attach oneself someplace to nature, to that which is strong, striving and bright with unreserved readiness, and then to move forward in one’s efforts without any calculation or guile, even when engaged in the most trivial and mundane activities.

Each time we thus reach out with joy, each time we cast our view toward distances that have not yet been touched, we transform not only the present moment and the one following but alter the past within us, weave it into the pattern of our existence, and dissolve the foreign body whose exact composition we ultimately do not know.”

Rainer Marie Rilke
Letters on Life page 7

Our sunflowers come up year after year. Thriving and reseeding with very limited attention or care. They give me great hope in perseverance,  hope, and survival in spite of all challenges.  I choose hope, joy and finding beauty all around me.

With a deep faith and sustaining belief that all sentient beings are connected to, and with nature, I feel all of us interconnected. If sunflowers can grow with such abundance and exhuberance of spirit then so can we all. 

We have survived losses that hurt us to the core of our being. We have all faced fear and anxiety and managed to keep going anyway. We have all been so exhausted, so tired of fighting through sickness or disease or pain. 

We are still here. We are still fighting. Deep inside we know we are here for a reason. We keep waiting to figure out what our life purpose is. All the while we are already doing it, already learning bit by bit, day by day. 

We are all hanging in there. Trying our best. 

I'm at week 6 of my "Great Attic/Garage Clean out of 2020". Oh the stuff that I saved ! I boggle my own mind. But what an adventure reliving my youth, high school and college adventures! Getting married, having children, all the birthdays and Christmases and fun of making, buying, and always the giving! 

I am filled with gratitude to still be here. To still have so much joy and love.


Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.