A Mandala is a spiritual symbol in Hindu and Buddhist representing the universe. The literal translation of a Mandala means circle. A Mandala Quilt starts with a center point and the quilt design radiates outward from the center geometrically. The design can be simple or complex. Mandala quilts are often appliqued, however there are pieced Mandala Quilts and painted or drawn Mandala Quilts. There are also Mandala quilting designs that can be stitched onto the quilt. Mandala quilts are a type of Art Quilt.
Benefits of a Mandala Quilt
Creating a Mandala Quilt can be done with Paper Piecing and provide a chance to explore working in the round.
Mandala Quilts provide the opportunity to replicate a Mandala Design in your own unique style and colors.
Tools and Supplies for a Mandala Quilt
You'll need the following to start your Mandala Quilt:
- Basic sewing supplies
- Mandala pattern
- Sewing machine
- Rotary cutter, ruler, self healing mat
- Fabrics, paint or ink supplies as needed for the techniques you want to use
What I Wish I Knew When I Started Mandala Quilt
Start Simple. Begin by drawing a few Mandalas and determine what appeals to you and how to translate that into your MANDALA QUILT.