Louise Brogan

I have created my "Let Out Your Inner Animal Reader Challenge" quilt illustrating a bumble bee!  I have always been drawn to their beauty and contrasts.  Contrasts in the beauty of their physical forms as well as their misunderstood personalities; their soft fuzzy bodies and bold contrasting yellow and black stripes; their nurturing and driving, task-oriented nature contrasting their painful sting when feeling threatened or protective.  They are a curious creature – somewhat like me!  I have used dense quilting for texture on the bee itself, and quilted the center of the flower and background in free-motion stitching.  For the wings, I used a gold organza and some free-motion stitching for the veins within the wings.  I auditioned many different flowers for my bee, but she finally landed on this pink cone flower!

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