Susan L. Griffin

9 Feb 2010
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I grew up on an apiary tending colonies of bees and my family and friends believe I’m still "busy as a bee" so my art quilt features the apis mellifera. To get the look I wanted I used the reverse side of a commercial fabric and rubbed Shiva Paintstiks over a piece of actual honeycomb foundation then used a dry brush to blend the colors. Pounding flowers from my garden onto pre-treated muslin transferred the dye to make up the flower section of the quilt. I hand embroidered the details with embroidery floss and used bamboo batting. The quilting was completed free motion on my domestic sewing machine. The title of my work is "Perhaps I’m a Subset of the Genus Apis mellifera".


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Charlielynn wrote
on 11 Feb 2010 8:10 PM

Love it Susan.  Beautiful!!!

LauraGL wrote
on 15 Feb 2010 9:39 PM

As I said before Susan. This quilt is quite astounting.

Very nice job and effective use of different techniques.
Way to go.

Laura GL

LauraGL wrote
on 15 Feb 2010 9:39 PM

As I said before Susan. This quilt is quite astounting.

Very nice job and effective use of different techniques.
Way to go.

Laura GL

memawof3 wrote
on 16 May 2010 11:44 PM

Wow, superior use techniques/materials.. I'm jealous of all you folks who are so darned artistic/creative!!!

on 5 Jul 2010 8:56 AM

This is gorgeous - thank you for describing how you did it.  A lot of work but well worth it in the end!