Due to space limitations, the how-to didn't include the following paragraphs, which are very important (particularly the last sentence) in the process:
Buddhist patchwork is not my idea - I first read about it in Yoshiko Jinzenji's book Quilt Artistry where she describes the 16th C. Japanese monks patching together rags for their robes. The rags were elevated to the status of Buddhahood, and the patchwork was a visible reminder of the interconnectedness of all beings.So, here you go, friends! Looking for a lovely, meditative approach to creating a treasured piece of cloth, rich with memories and meaning? Try a Buddhist patchwork quilt! And go have a look at Jean Betts's latest project - Layers of Thinking.
I later read more about Celia's Quinn's method of doing the patchwork in her book Quilted Planet. What I do is cut a whole schwack of strips the same width, grab two at random to start, join them, and then work very spontaneously, asking "What does it need?". Sometimes the answer is a certain colour, other times a woven fabric to stabilize an area full of stretchy knits. Sometimes it's a lively print, others a subtle stripe. Always thinking of the whole, how it all works together, seeking balance, harmony and truth.