Art Quilts Around The World Challenge: Bugs (Bee Hive)

Today is reveal day for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World. The theme is BUGS and I chose bees as my bug of choice for two reasons. First, I have a refrigerator magnet with a woman wearing a bee hive hairstyle with bees swarming around her head and, second, I remembered a 2008 movie based on the book The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. The story is about 3 black women who are sisters in the 1960s who live on a farm and are bee keepers. They run a honey business and their honey is called Black Madonna. Black Madonna represents fertility and motherhood. A white female teenage runaway finds her way to their farm and they take her in. The actresses Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys are in this movie-check it out!! I love this movie and because of this the woman is my quilt is black.  I Googled to make sure bees are bugs. They are part of the same family of wasps and ants and are know for their pollination abilities.  I chose to take the bee hive idea literal. I found it was easy to find bee themed fabrics and buttons to complete this project.

Today is reveal day for my Facebook art quilt group Art Quilts Around The World. The theme is BUGS and I chose bees as my bug of choice for two reasons. First, I have a refrigerator magnet with a woman wearing a bee hive hairstyle with bees swarming around her head and, second, I remembered a 2008 movie based on the book The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. The story is about 3 black women who are sisters in the 1960s who live on a farm and are bee keepers. They run a honey business and their honey is called Black Madonna. Black Madonna represents fertility and motherhood. A white female teenage runaway finds her way to their farm and they take her in. The actresses Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys are in this movie-check it out!! I love this movie and because of this the woman is my quilt is black.

I Googled to make sure bees are bugs. They are part of the same family of wasps and ants and are know for their pollination abilities.

I chose to take the bee hive idea literal. I found it was easy to find bee themed fabrics and buttons to complete this project.

This is a close up photo of the eye area. I added a few rhinestones because I couldn’t help myself! There are two sizes of bee buttons that form the swarm!

This is a close up photo of the eye area. I added a few rhinestones because I couldn’t help myself! There are two sizes of bee buttons that form the swarm!

My quilter friend found this fantastic iron-on beauty full of bling to complete the quilt. I added a subtle yellow glitter in the center of the bee hive but felt the quilt had enough activity already. I finished early for the deadline and I have it hung on the wall at the hair salon I work at. A customer wants to buy this quilt and if she accepts my price it’s a go!

My quilter friend found this fantastic iron-on beauty full of bling to complete the quilt. I added a subtle yellow glitter in the center of the bee hive but felt the quilt had enough activity already. I finished early for the deadline and I have it hung on the wall at the hair salon I work at. A customer wants to buy this quilt and if she accepts my price it’s a go!

Beehives and Bouffants

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I have not posted in a while since I had a busy month of quilt classes, attending an area quilt show, prepping for my 4th visit to teach at the International Quilt Festival in Houston and actually traveling and attending the IQF Houston show. The stress of deadlines are over!! I started this little whimsical quilt before the Houston show and finished it after I returned home. It started with the outside border fabric which I found in September at Bungalow Quilt Shop of Ripon WI while I was attending the WI Quilt Expo. Since I am a hairdresser I am attracted to anything with hairstyles on it. I love the 1960s and retro big hair-think the movie "Hairspray" with Ricki Lake!!. I had originally planned to use colorful fabric markers and "color" in the hair motifs similar to a coloring book design. After trying a few hairstyles with the markers I didn't like it and decided to use the fabric as is and add color from the hair, lips and inner border fabrics.

I saw there were three different hairstyles in the border print and I drew them in the same size scale as my Whimsical Selfie Quilt pattern. I added a simple shift dress for each lady. I picked pink, yellow and orange for the hair to have fun colors to balance the neutrality of the border fabric. I gave the ladies crazy lipstick color as well. As I was working on this quilt I decided the hair needed some black bows a la the 1960s. I decided the yellow middle lady did not need a bow but added a subtle brooch idea to the lower neckline for balance

This was a fun easy enough project and I plan to turn it into a pattern. I will make another version with "normal" hair color and a lipstick outer border. I will need until early 2018 to design the pattern.