Friday, April 2, 2010

Lady Bug Tracks


As you know, we've experienced devastating weather here these last two months. So much of what we heard was the crack and crash of falling trees and limbs, the howl of the wind, and the harsh pound of rain pelleting down. Mother Nature was overpowering and overwhelming.

Then, two weeks ago, the weather turned. We heard gentle breezes, bird song and the whir from wings of newly hatched lady bugs. It was all music to my ears. Eureka! Our recent challenge for Textile Abstractions was to represent music in our piece and this was perfect. As a result, this quilt's final look and name -- which was brewing in my head and driving me crazy -- was inspired by the many lady bugs who hitched a ride on it as I quilted. I celebrate the music of spring!

This piece is a hand-painted cloth, quilted with rayon and metallic threads, and embroidered. Any comments / critique / thoughts you have would be welcome.

For all the other wonderful pieces that were made for the challenge, please visit our group blog.

P.S. Credit must go to Norma for the name of the piece. I love the play on words: "tracks" can mean the path taken by the little critters and / or the sound tracks the wings make. Thanks, Norma!

5 comments:

norma said...

I love it! I had to laugh when I saw that you used my title suggestion.

Natalya Aikens said...

Brilliant! you and Norma both!

Kristin L said...

I like the story to this. I have to admit I didn't really get it just looking at the image, but with just a bit of story it all became clear. I see buzzing and flight patterns now.

Cindy said...

Love it! The colors, the lines, the title - it's vibrant and energetic!

Pamela Price Klebaum said...

I love the way those lines go in and out of the circles -- quite entrancing...