Comments on a Labyrinth

Labyrinth CenterIn a recent post I wrote about longarm quilting a Labyrinth for my friend Dianne.  She was kind enough to share her thoughts about her quilt making process.  Please visit Dianne’s blog, A Quilted Life.

In the World of Quilting, Two Heads Are Better Than One

When I first began quilting four years ago,  I didn’t really know anything about this amazing and practical art form.  However, having been a painter, I found that I was particularly drawn to choosing and matching fabric, and I find spending time in the batik section of my favorite fabric shop to be a sublime experience.  Quilting truly allows us to “paint” with fabric.

Piecing together my first wall hanging was very exciting, though at the time, I really did not understand the difference between piecing a quilt and quilting  a quilt.  It wasn’t until I got that very first quilt back from Emily that I understood how critical both ends of the process are.  Two heads and four hands are most certainly the way to go.

I recently completed a king-size quilt for our bed…my very first really large quilt.  Once I had pieced together the entire top, I was delighted with the colors and the labyrinth design and was proud of my efforts. But I knew that there was magic still to come.  I met up with Emily to hand over the new baby and we talked at length about colors and symbols and ideas to make the quilt fit my husband and I in a very personal and meaningful way.   I always know, when I hand off a quilt to Emily, that it will return from her remarkably capable and artistic hands a much greater creation than the sum of the parts that I handed to her.  But this quilt surpassed all expectation!

The subtle detail in the labyrinth and the star visually demonstrated what it feels like and means to actually walk a labyrinth, and was joined by an incredible host of woodland creatures and vegetation tucked in around the labyrinth itself.  Although I still have the monumental task ahead of binding this  project, it has already brought a sense of deep peace and contentment into our home.  The intertwining branches of the labyrinth design could not be a more appropriate symbol of the interplay and shared creativity of the two partners in its creation.  Emily, I send you my sincere gratitude and everlasting admiration.

Dianne Harson, A Quilted Life

Hand-guided freemotion quilting


  1. This is beautiful!

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