This is the first Quilting Arts challenge I have entered. I have really enjoyed the challenge.
Many thoughts went into this tiny "Artist Trading Card": The red envelope style binding was modified from the "Circles into Squares" pattern from the quilt book, "Japanese Folded Patchwork" by Mary Clare Clark, 1997. I first saw this pattern done as a scrap quilt. It won first prize at a quilt show, and luckily the artist had mentioned the pattern origin. This pattern is made one square at a time (all three layers) then assembled. I made a queen size scrap quilt for my daughter from this pattern. It was beautiful and fun.
I used the "Under the surface embellishment" from Quilted Arts Magazine, August/September 2012 in my flower center. I enjoyed hidding the button. It was easy with the great instructions. The remainder of the flower was made with silk fabric and glass beads. My flower represents nature in general and how much I love it. I find great peace in natural places.
My yellow heart bursting from the envelope represents the love and light I want to shine from my heart. The hand represents the need to reach out to others. I want to help others feel loved and important. No hiding quiet heart for me.
Thank you all at Quilting Arts for this opportunity.