The Labyrinth Appliqué is Finished!

June 9, 2010 § 20 Comments

It seems to have taken ages but at least the first top for my series of wall quilts titled Pathways to the Divine Centre is finished. All that remains is to square it up, sandwich it, quilt it and bind it. Doesn’t sound like much when you say it fast!

The Rose Labyrinth

The Rose Labyrinth

The Rose Labyrinth

The Labyrinth is the first in what I hope will be a series of 4 or 5 quilts depicting the various pathways to the Divine Centre. There are five aspects to the symbolism of this quilt which is based around the design of the Rose Labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral in France.

The symbolism of the Labyrinth

The path through the labyrinth is represented by the gaily coloured Kaffe Fasset fabric. Which is also the same as the fabric outside the labyrinth. The reason for this illustrates the first two symbols.

Firstly it represents the many attractive distractions of the everyday world in which we live.

Secondly the Path to the Centre is to be found in the midst of the world. Most of us can’t lock ourselves away in monasteries or on mountain tops, we have to find the Divine in the everyday.

The third symbol is the fact that while we are on the Path we can see only snatches of the design. Nothing really makes sense to us. We just have to have faith and hope that by putting one foot in front of the other we will arrive at the Centre.

The fourth symbol is the whole flower at the Centre. The fact that wholeness is restored once you reach the Centre.

The fifth symbol represents the third or vertical dimension which is the only one by which we can see the whole design and through which we can even see beyond the Labyrinth to see the pattern of the whole fabric. This represents the omniscience that belongs solely to the Divine.

I hope you like it.

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§ 20 Responses to The Labyrinth Appliqué is Finished!

  • Lynne says:

    Love your Labyrinth. Love the Kaffe Love the colours and the meanings, Will be watch progress with interest.

  • Annette in NC, USA says:

    Hi Munaiba,
    It is just beautiful! great quilt. – Annette in NC

  • sewjournal says:

    Hi Annette
    I’m glad you like it.

  • Dee says:

    This quilt has got right into my head. I would truely love to see it ‘in the flesh’. There is just something about it.

    Well done Munaiba.
    Am looking forward to seeing/experiencing the next.


    • sewjournal says:

      Thanks Dee. This design nearly did my head in at one point when I was going round trying to work out where to cut. I was worried I’d cut in the wrong place and wreck it. Happily it worked out.

  • Deb says:

    this looks so great, cant wait to see the rest….hope u are bringing it to the retreat next year so we can see it in person…..well done

  • Chérie Hoyle says:

    Hi Munaiba

    That is just stunning. I really like reverse appliqué and what you’ve done is superb.



  • Janet says:

    Wow, it’s really awesome, both the design and what it represents. Your workmanship is beautiful.

  • Kate says:

    Happy to join the choir on this one. It’s just lovely, and so is the symbolism.

  • Sylvia says:

    Oh Munaiba, it is glorious!!! I love it. hmmm would you ever consider selling the design? We would probably be amazed at the differences in each other’s choices for labyrinths…

  • Julie says:

    I work with with your lovely (very proud) husband and he was showing off your blog the other day. I also spotted it on Squilters. I Love, Love, Love this quilit, the colours are so beautiful. I lost some of my passion and inspiration a couple of years again……….I think your helping to bring it back!!

  • Fran says:

    Oh Munaibe, it’s just beautiful. I’m totally blown away with the design and the meaning. I’m with Sylvia, are you going to sell your design? Be sure to let us know.


  • Joan says:

    Hi Munaiba,

    Make that 4 with an interest in purchasing the pattern. That would be a really worthwhile quilt to make. What a beautiful meaning, for a beautiful quilt.
    Well done

  • Doris says:

    Hi Munaiba,
    Absolutely lovely! Thank you for sharing the symbolism with us it add another dimension to the work.

  • sebbie says:

    Very, very clever. I love it!

  • Ann Ferguson says:

    I really, really like this Munaiba. The symbolism is very interesting, thank you! Ann 🙂

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