The Omega Peace Quilts

The Omega Peace Quilts
Weaving Peace One Thread at a Time
February 13, 2014

The Omega Peace Quilt is an annual staff project led by quilt artist Helema Kadir. Inspiration for the Omega Peace Quilts is drawn from a variety of cultures, including symbols from many spiritual traditions and words for peace in various languages. The results are always unique, beautiful, and meaningful. Some of the finished quilts below have been featured in magazines and in an exhibition at Queens College’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum. 

Discover more about the history of the project. 


 

  • The 2005 Omega Peace Quilt was created by the Omega community, including staff, faculty, Omega’s cofounder Elizabeth Lesser, and Omega Hermitage resident Julia Butterfly Hill. Community members created squares as visual expressions of the idea, “I have a dream of peace.” Their work also embodied the idea, “We are the quilt.” As they created their squares, they worked to bring peace into the greater world community.

  • The 2006 quilt, called the Mandala Peace Quilt, explores the spiritual and meditative qualities of images, without relying on the traditional mandala form. Composed of 64 quilt blocks and lined with rainbow stripes of color between each row, this quilt is a visual expression of a collective desire for world peace.

  • A gift from staff to honor Omega's 30th anniversary, the 2007 Kaleidoscope Peace Quilt embodies the dynamic process of peace, revealing how peace is not simply the absence of conflict, but a manifestation of the promising possibilities of humanity. 

  • While some of the 88 squares of the 2008 Tarot Peace Quilt resemble traditional tarot images, they all work to create a new story by which we can live—one that embraces peace and love as the highest goals.

    Julia Butterfly Hill, who contributed to the quilt, says, “Peace, like quilting, is a labor of love.”

  • In the 2009 Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) Peace Quilt, Omega staff used the letters "OCSL" to create phrases that would inspire an image of peace, such as "Our Consciousness Spreading Love," or "Oneness Creates Sacred Laughter."

    Fabric artist Helema Kadir says, "May the rainbow sashes that bind together these beautiful visual expressions of peace inspire us each to find a sustainable, peaceful way of life."

  • The dynamic interplay of light and dark in the 2010 Transformation Peace Quilt celebrates how we can illuminate and eventually transform the darkness that is inherent in the human experience, and use that path of transformation as a road to inner and world peace. 

  • The 2011 Honoring the Divine Feminine Peace Quilt honors the divine feminine in both women and men in many cultures around the world, and celebrates the launch of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center, where this quilt will eventually be displayed.

  • The 2012 Rebirth Peace Quilt uses all batik fabric and is the largest quilt yet in the Omega Peace Quilt series. It is inspired by the belief found in many indigenous cultures that the year 2012 was pivotal to the regeneration of the human spirit. The images of this quilt speak of the endless possibilities of creating a refreshed, more peaceful world from the one that existed before. 

  • Set in a deep pink batik background, the 2013 Opening the Heart Peace Quilt is a visual expression of the true peace attained when we open our hearts to ourselves, each other, and the world. 

 

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