Thursday, May 22, 2008

Another Heart

Well, it's been a full week since my last post. What can I say? I've had several minor reactions to chemical exposures. Taken on their own, none of them would have been much more than a blip in my activities. But the cumulative effect seems to have taken a larger toll. There's been a lot of down time. And DH has left on a road trip, taking every camera we own with him. I made sure to get at least a few pictures I could use here before he left :- )

I have done a little more work on my wonky hearts but I'm not going to show you that yet. What I want to share today is this month's journal quilt. It's another heart, this time for the people of Burma and China.


It's 8.5" x 11" like all the other journal quilts I've been making. I used a silk damask for the heart and a batik and a hand dyed cotton for the background. The silk has a chrysanthemum design woven into it. There's a reference on Wikipedia that says in the Chinese culture white chrysanthemums are symbolic of lamentation. White is the color of mourning in Eastern cultures. I chose the background color to represent the Buddhist monks who have been in the backgound of both countries, providing both physical and spiritual support to the people.

At this point I don't have any specific ideas for embellishments. My first thought was clear or silvery seed beads to represent tears. We'll see.

6 comments:

freebird said...

That is so wonderful. What a great idea. Kind of like a prayer, a lifting up of all that suffering. I can't wait to see what else you do with this page.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

ooh, beautiful fabrics. I love the wonkiness.

Sharon said...

What a wonderful thought, and I love the wonky heart, the beautiful fabrics, and the simplicity of it all. Your idea of clear beads is good, I think. A very thoughtful concept.

andsewitis Holly said...

Very pretty, Sue.

Joan Cromley said...

?wavy lines for water and movement? I like the tears idea. It makes me wonder about my page, may pole ribbons - the happy thoughts of new beginnings, against having to start all over because of nature, not by choice.

The Ring'snThings trunk show is next Saturday at the Cottontree. I know it's probably too risky, but if you get there when it opens, it wasn't busy for the first 20 minutes or so.

Finn said...

Hi Sue, please feel better soon. Darn all the 'stuff' anyway. Neat heart..whatever you decide will be wonderful for emblellishment. Hugs, Finn