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 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.