Bee Sewcial - May 2017 - Bones and Structures

Yay! It's May! 

This month I am hosting the Bee Sewcialites with a prompt that it's all about bones. Be it human or architectural, I want to explore (or rather, you to explore) the beauty that is hiding inside. 

As I age, I have started to pay more attention to what's going on inside my body. Muscle and joint pains are also making an appearance. In addition, I often get frustrated with the pediatrician's push for milk. I don't drink milk and never broke a bone (like my reasoning?) unless you count the two times I had to get stitches on my head because of a bad fall from the hammock on a concrete floor or that time a kid smacked his wooden pencil case on me. See, I know what I am talking about. That got me thinking of all these unseen parts that are essential to the body, very much like stitches in a quilt. Likewise in a bee group where each individual is a part of the whole and each block the next vertebrae of the quilt. 

I made a Pinterest board as a starting point, but do not feel limited by those. As inspiration, anything goes. You can choose a more simplified approach like Georgia O'Keeffe paintings or Henri Moore's bone sculptures, or you can choose a more complex one like Antoni Gaudi's organic structures, or Zaha Hadid's fluid and layered aesthetic. 

The idea is to make two blocks approximately 12.5" x 12.5" or one approximately 12.5" x 24x5" that display internal structures. I do not intend for this to be eerie. No need for broken bones, it's more about the elegance of the joints working together or the beams uniting into a form.

For the color palette, feel free to use any lighter grays and whites. You can add some light neutrals, plus a small touch of black, red or rusty orange or rusty tan.

In Kona Cotton land you can use any of (but not limited to) these. 

In Kona Cotton land you can use any of (but not limited to) these. 

Feel free to use any techniques (pieced, appliqué, hand stitching). As long it endures washing, it's all good.

So, that's it friends. 

Have fun! I can't wait to see what you make.

Cheers, S.