I’ve always loved jigsaw puzzles, so it was a real thrill when C&T offered to produce a 1000 piece puzzle for me, based on my award-winning quilt, ‘Free Tibet’. In creating the quilt, it was my fantasy that if the Dalai Lama was able to go back to his beautiful homeland, the local people would come out to greet him and celebrate, dressed in their traditional costumes.
I do sometimes think about this paradox, though: it’s terrible that his country was invaded, and that he was forced to leave – however, it that hadn’t happened, the people of the world would never have had the privilege of knowing him and hearing the wisdom of his words.
My puzzle, is now available just in time for the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday, and my book , ‘Create Landscape Quilts: A Step-by-Step Guide to Dynamic People & Places’, also from C&T, will be released on February 2021.
Meri Henriques Vahl has taught at quilt guilds all over Northern California, and in France and Australia.Her quilts about People and Places have won the Mancuso’s ‘Best Quilts of the World’ contest three times!Please visit her website at www.meriartquilts.com.