I have been fascinated by labyrinths ever since I saw a picture of one in a book years ago. It was one of the things I most wanted to see when we lived in France. I searched every cathedral to see if there was one. My favorite? The one at Chartres, of course! And this quilt is patterned after that one.
I had a picture of the labyrinth from a book I purchased there and copied it onto transparency film. Then I used an overhead projector so I could trace the pattern onto a large piece of freezer paper taped to the wall. I very carefully cut out both the positive and negative parts. I ironed down the part with the “paths” onto the blue batik and then discharged the dye with bleach. It was hours and hours of prep work followed by a terrifying 5 minutes of discharge!
It is one of my favorite quilts that I have ever made. And what did I do with the other part of the freezer paper? I ironed it onto black fabric that was layered with a round tie dyed piece and stitched along the edges. Then I cut away the black to reveal the path. Then I quilted it to death to get it to lay flat. LOL
The next one is another one done with bleach discharge. This one has 7 circuit labyrinths. It is called The Long Dark Night of the Soul after the book of that title by St John of the Cross. It hung at the Sacred Threads exhibition in 2006 or so. It also hung in a local art show and brought home a nice cash award.
I hope you enjoyed this look back. Have a great day!