Friday, January 31, 2014


As soon as I read the title of our new theme many ideas came to my mind. As an ENT surgeon I often had patients with balnce disorders. On the other side, I also had to make sure that some persons I saw didn't have balance disorders. Last october I started taking yoga classes where some positions require a good balance. Yoga is also a mean to achieve a better inner balance.
I finally decided to use the tree position from yoga.
The right shape is cotton fabric fused to the background and stitched with satin stitch. The left shape is made of sheer polyester fabric and stitched also with a satin stitch and acts as a shadow to the first shape.
The quilting lines are horizontal as in perfect balancce.
I choose a light blue green background and almost tone in tone fabrics for the shapes to achieve a quiet, peaceful effect. The background is hand-quilted as I found the continious machine quilted lines to be too strong.

commercial hand-dyed cotton fabric
cotton and polyester thread
polyester batting



  1. This is a lovely piece Sabine that immediately speaks of balance, peace and calm. I love the clean lines and colour palette you have used.
    Really good work.

  2. I like the simplicity and clearness of this quilt!

  3. I like that you have placed your focal point off balance but balanced it with your negative space. Well done.

  4. A lovely idea, the balance of yoga as a metaphor for our life. Lovely image.

  5. Ah, inner and physical balance -- yes, I need that! Like Janice, I also think it's great that you balanced the composition with the focal point to the side. Your color selection is perfect.

  6. I love the tranquility of this piece. I used to go to yoga at an ashram and it reminds me of the atmosphere there. And the issue of balance and vestibular problems is something I have (unfortunately) had experience of in the past. I like your interpretation Sabine.

  7. This image is so serene. It does evoke thoughts of balance in several connotations.

  8. Beautiful colours in your fabric. Did you dye it. Simple clean lines, it's very calming

  9. I love your choice of color, when thinking of what this color symbolize "Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. It slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect. Blue is strongly associated with tranquility and calmness. In heraldry, blue is used to symbolize piety and sincerity."
    The color palette in combination with the simplicity in your piece makes it very pleasing.