What's in Your Heart – Judy

The August/September issue of Quilting Arts was delivered three days after Judy, my sister, died from a fall down the stairs.  When I saw the title, "What's In Your Heart?," all I could think of was that it was broken, and I was going to go through the Five Stages of Grief.   I started working on the heart just for me but I realized that the other bits IN my heart were the good things that I remembered about Judy.  That's when I designed a heart IN my heart.  Making the Challenge piece was cathartic for me and I know my sister would love the thought of her memory living on in a place she never would have dreamed of.  The ATC is made of Bristol board with fused fabric and ribbon trim.  The braid on the right was a technique from the article on Therese May.  The lady bug fabric and bead is because her nickname was Judy Bug (we just always used the lady bug for her).  The clear heart bead is my signature bead and I add it to everything I make.  I usually hide it among more beads or incorporate it in a non-conspicuous place.  Judy always loved looking for it (and wanted to be the first one to find it).  The silver jigsaw puzzle piece is because we both loved to work puzzles; the lion is because she was a Leo; and the three "tears" behind the Leo represent the three sisters…Suzy, Judy, and Bebe.

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