Showing posts with label with healing heart and hands quilts. Show all posts
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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

The New Colossus: Lifting the Lamp

"Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she

With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

                                                            The New Colossus
                                              Emma Lazarus (November 2, 1883)

                                 Patriotic Quilt Patterns With and Heart and Hands

 Healing Hearts Textile Arts 



 Healing Hearts Textile Arts 

My Tutorials List by Themes

Symbolism of the Cross...Feeling and finding the center and using its powers for manifestation from the very center of all there is . Feeling the energies of convergence,  the power of transmutation of matter, bending the universe at will to manifest change and direction in your life, and understanding energetically, how to use the blessed and divine given gifts for helping others become who we were all  meant to be and be a part of of..not greedy, not selfish, not separated but part of the entire life's journey to unity and wholeness...the holiness of One.

The 5 Most Basic Laws of the Universe:

1. The Law of Potential

You are pure consciousness that has manifested into physical form. This consciousness that you are holds infinite potential and responsibly.

You have the power to feel the potential of your consciousness through meditation, prayer, and other spiritual practices. You have the power to understand how consciousness manifests by opening your eyes and your heart and seeing what has been created..the dark as well as the light in the world around us. When the can understand the potentiality you can understand the very nature of sin. An ancient archery term is originally meant "missing the mark." If you/we/us miss the mark then it is within each of us to choose again.

2. The Law of Frequency and Reflection 

Everything in this Universe carries a frequency. This frequency is carried by, and extends from your entire being including your thoughts, emotions, and actions. But in the essence of the true energies of karmic action and reaction, this energetic and vibrational frequency then attracts experiences, people and circumstances back into your vibrational field.  What you put out into the world through your vibration and through your energy comes back. What we send out, returns to us again.

If every experience that comes your way is a reflection of your inner state, that means that every experience is here to teach you a valuable lesson about who you truly are and what you can overcome.

3. The Law of Attraction

You have the ability to attract things into your reality based on the energy that you are creating. This is the act of power of manifestation.

The more you focus on something, the bigger it grows.... and the more you think about something, the more likely you are to notice it. Like attracts like, so the more you can align yourself with the vibration of what you want to attract, the more likely it is to manifest in your life.

When you start aligning with your potential or pure consciousness, you automatically start sending out a vibration that is aligned with your highest path. This vibration then attracts the perfect opportunities and circumstances into your reality.

4. The Law of Karma

There are certain experiences that your soul has come here to learn. These experiences are your karmic points of growth that you are meant to experience.

The law of karma ensures that you are always learning and growing from your past, and moving forward to help expand the consciousness of this Universe. Without the expansion of the Universe, the Universe ceases to exist.

5. The Law of Oneness

We are all connected, which means that what we do to others we do to ourselves. We are not only all connected and part of the whole and holy so whatever we do to another, we also do to ourselves. unto others as you would do unto your own self. And 'to thine own self be true.' There is no need for fear of others or of competition. We are already connection, all part of one another. The air that I breathe out, you breathe in. The air you breathe out, I breathe in.

Every atom of my being mixes with every atom of your being. Our cells within are like the stars without. Vast spaces of the ethers lie between them but those vast spaces are microscopically minute in the grand scheme of the Universe.

We have enough, we are enough and thus according to the divine plan, if we open our hearts to these concepts, embrace them and live them, we become a part of the whole and holy and manifest the world we want to see and to be.  

We do not just bear the weight of the symbolic cross alone, for all of the stores and legends passed down to us in all major belief systems are there to guide us and teach us. The heros and heroines, the angels and spirit guides, the ancestors and forefathers and foremothers are all part of us, part of our soul, our spirit, and our DNA.

We become one with its manifestation and use its intersection to join the energies of a new and better direction for our world and all who live in it.

As we walk through the shadows, even the shadow of death, we come to understand how death has no meaning, it simply marks one step in a long line of steps that lead us on our soul's journey. The shadows are part of all of us, they are the yin's balance to the yang, the balance of the darkness to the light.

We are mightier than we can ever imagine for we are part of the Divine, the One, the Ah-men of the inhale and the exhale, the Alpha and the Omega..from the very beginning to the very end which has no true end but simply begins a new journey through timeless space and never ending energies of creation.

You are blessed today and every day, in all ways. Open your heart to the magic and the mystery, the sacred and the divine. That is who we are.

My heart joins yours as we share this long... and what may often seem very challenging earthly journey together. Even through the hardest and most painful of times, we know that this too shall pass for we can become all that we were truly meant to be.

We will build a new world from the ashes and the embers of the old one. Never doubt that. That is our lesson and that is our path. We have created this world, and we can manifest the changes through love of a new and even better one..the world that we all yearn to live in and the people our heart's yearn to be.

Blessings today and everyday.

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.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Life Unfolding (Patchwork Quilt)

They unfolded your lives one by one

They laid out your patchwork under the sun
And people gathered from miles around
To witness your quilt spread on the ground

And then they called out your names
Oh yes they called out your names
Oh and you’ll live forever

You know that I’ll be loving you just like a patchwork quilt

Well there were men and women and mothers and fathers
Sisters and brothers and daughters and sons
And children and babies and lovers and friends
They all lay before me sewn into one

And then they called out your names
Oh yes they called out your names
Oh and you’ll live forever 

You know that I’ll be loving you just like a patchwork quilt

Oh your lives had meaning and your lives had joy
You touched so many people many more than you will know
And you wrap yourselves around me as I walk down these roads
You are letting me feel your beautiful souls

I feel the warmth of your lives
I feel the warmth of your lives
Oh and you will live forever 

You know that I’ll be loving you just like a patchwork quilt

My heart spills over flowing with tears
I cry for your suffering and for your shortened years
And I’ll take you with me as I walk away
Remembering you who have died as *slaves

Yes, I remember your name
Yes, I remember your name
Oh and you’ll live forever

You know that I’ll be loving you just like a patchwork quilt.

("Patchwork Quilt": by Sweet Honey in the Rock)
*Honey later switched the wording from slaves to AIDS for the AIDS Quilt movement

My Blog Post Links/Tutorials for Making a Cross Quilt of  Your Own:

 Designing a Liberated Cross Block and Quilt

 Cross or Plus Quilts: Free Patterns

Thank you, sweet honey and thank you Hillary Rodham Clinton and Tim Kaine who reminded us that we are stronger together and as Tim quoted from the bible... "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up".

*And Happy, Happy Birthday to my daughter who is keeping the faith in the bigger picture,
I love you, my eldest daughter of the earth. The sun always shines, the clouds always part, and the rainbow is always one breath away.

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.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Fidget Quilts and Busy Heart and Hands

It's such fun designing, sewing, and quilting creative but simple little Alzheimer's Fidget, Busy, Tactile, or Sensory Quilts!

A quilt by any name for any good cause is a lovely one. And the best part of these is that they not only do not need to be perfectly sewn, with lovely full bindings, but it's much better if they're lumpy and bumpy, and the colors want to jump out at you from every which way!

That's their purpose here on earth. To bring joy and happiness and keep both heart and hands busy!

Each one is different and unique in its own way, just like each of us! Different textures, different colors, different strings and ribbons, and bobbles and rick rack and buttons. Bits of embroidery or applique, leftover bits of quilt blocks and patchwork patches of any bit or kind! A wooden belt buckle above to slide along the yellow rickrack.

A bit of lime green velcro with lace on one end to draw the eye to the fact that it lifts up and away and can be ripped and zipped and flattened back down again! Buttons tied on with crochet cotton, some ends knotted and left to dangle, just inviting a fidget or fiddle or two.

Old curtain rings to slide up and own with bits of lace to catch them here and there to add further interest. Even a hankie on the one below, sewn down a bit to hold the petal like folds but still welcoming exploration and ruffling.

I start with my hands and my heart. I'd mention my head as well, but not a whole lot of thinking was required and that was such a good thing.

I'm on my 6th week of almost non stop headaches, many of the severe migraine variety...and doctors and emergency room shots have not helped and those only sought after my own special mind over matter abilities for balancing and healing.

So, I knew then, that I had to deal with this, I had to find my own way to distract and easy the incessant pain that fills up every bit of the head and all of its cavities to imploding. So, I thought about my sweet mama with Alzheimer's for 8 going into 9 years and all I'd done with and for her as I traveled back and forth from Oregon to Alaska to help my father care for her..year after year, many visits in a row. 

For long before Alzheimer's Disease claimed her life, it claimed her memory, her mind and her body. She became the sweetest and dearest little lady in spite of all of this. In spite of being blind, and bedridden and barely able to lift her right hand much less use it to feed herself. But she was free of the pain that had plagued her, as it has plagued me for most of her life. Free of pain, free of emotional and mental confines she began to soar free on the inside before she soared free on the outside.

But in the beginning, she described the disease that was taking over her mind, as a big block. Like a headache only bigger and it wouldn't move and it wouldn't go away. So, for all of these weeks, with my own real headaches, ones that doctors have not helped, I felt myself merging even more than I normally can with my mother and her experiences and the energies moved me to work on keeping my own heart and my own hands busy. Very busy. Just like an A.D. person can be kept busy with little things to touch, and do, and fiddle and fidget and be kept busy with.

So, back to creating more fidget quilts! My own mother may be gone now, but more than 5 million people battle this disease and all of their loved ones with them. And nothing better to do than feeling like you have something to do!

Not just writing about Alzheimer's as I have, nor teaching and educating others with my sharing as I have, nor making all of my 75 little Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative small format art quilts and having them donating off for research funding, as I have...but now ...continuing to create these little lap sized charmers of good will and love.

Some to keep as examples, the ten or twelve that I have already given away, these three I am showing her, and three more in progress on my floor..yes, the headache and the heartache both can be eased by distraction, by the drive and the distraction of mind over matter, and by my own soul's purpose to make a difference.

Fiddle and fidget, tactile and sensory. Busy and fidgeting..I'm all of that and more and so are they!

Making Fidget Quilts for Alzheimer's Patients: Free Tutorials and Ideas


Alzheimer's Fidgeting and Mojo Uprising


AAQI Sprints to a Grand $1M Retirement Finale!

 (now if we could only retire Alzheimer's Disease!!!!)

  My old blog footnote read:

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska and all of her AAQI Quilting. Sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join in the Liberated Quilting Challenge and make or donate small art quilts to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time! 

And I feel we all made a difference. The best we all could and if love could heal..and it does..then someday it will find the cure to heal and prevent this disease! But for now, each of us, in his or her own ways continues to battle this disease! By being there for our loved ones with A.D. or Dementia or by donating to research and education or by making fidget or lap quilts! Don't know where to donate them..send them here and I'll find them wonderful homes. The demand now is HUGE!   

My new blog footnote reads:

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.