Beatha – Gaelic for Life

I was invited last January to participate in the Bhavana Project for a second time and immediately agreed. Each participant is invited to embellish a prayer flag that is part of a series of flags, building upon the Tibetan tradition of hanging a set of flags to blow in the wind, spreading good energy. About a week ago, I received an note from Linda Miller, who organized the project, to ask if I was ready to contribute. It was fortuitous timing in my hectic schedule.

I sat in meditation near the site of our new home in Washington state listening for inspiration. Soon I had sketched the basic design for my offering.


Beatha is gaelic for ‘life’ or ‘that which sustains’. Gazing out over our forest, I felt sustained. And, unless we sustain our forests, life on this planet, as we know it, will cease to exist. So, as my flag flows in the breeze, I trust that it will send out good wishes for all to sustain our planet.

It gives me great joy that it has joined Linda’s beautiful flag in this gathering of good wishes. I look forward to see the flags that will follow!


I am linking this post, as usual, to Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Friday blog. Please check out what other artists are working on.


Irish Cottage, Bunlough, Devlin North, County Mayo, Ireland


25.5″ x 32″

Not For Sale

Fused appliqué with free motion quilting/thread painting and a bit of jewelry wire.

This quilt depicts the remnants of a cottage on the West Coast of Ireland in Bunlough, Devlin North, County Mayo. The cottage was still standing two years ago when my cousin took a photo of it. It figures prominently in  my family history and why my grandmother moved to the U.S.

Detail image – click to view larger:

Roots, detail