This journal quilt is not finished. It needs to be cleaned up, embellished and quilted more; but I felt I must post since it has been a few days. My bete noire, atrial fibrillation, returned four times recently so it must be the subject.
At first I planned a dark cloud over four fibrillating hearts, and they were to be created from the cursing symbols. However, when I got out my fabrics, the ordinary blue sky of my life seemed to be an accidentally perfect background for how I felt (nearer my G....). Then I found the characters for Cinco de Mayo and thought they would serve as memento mori found in paintings to suggest mortality. Joe pointed out that the herky jerky Mexican band is a perfect metaphor for the afibs. I cut out some black fabric for the clouds and got so excited, I glued all down lightly with a gluestick and started sewing with a machine blanket stitch through the three layers (top, batting, backing) right away. Then I went to bed early.
I want to show you a cute quirky tree in my back yard that was about 5 inches when I planted it. Life goes on! If not, I love the Mexican celebrations on Day of the Dead. I want to adopt the holiday! In fact, I may.