Monday, February 1, 2016

Pretty But Potentially Deadly:  February 2016





E.coli, pretty but so bad


In our first Four-in-Art reveal for 2016, the theme for the year is Color and for this round the sub-theme is Microscopic, chosen by Simone.  It was the most difficult sub-theme to date, at least for me. I considered many subjects, but when I came across images of E.coli bacteria I knew the hunt was over - they spoke to me.




Up Close and Personal


This little thing almost took my mother's life AFTER she had survived a heart transplant.  Her transplant took place in November 1990 and sometime in 1992, after eating (we believe) a burger from her favorite "hamburger joint", she became ill enough to be hospitalized.  It was touch and go for some time and thankfully she recovered fully and lived another 10+ years with her new heart.  



In this 12" quilt, I chose 4 background fabrics which reflected things you might see under a microscope.  The E. coli cells are teal and hand-appliqued while all other stitching is done in Sulky Metallic in raspberry.  Most of the actual quilting follows patterns in the background fabrics.



The Back


On the back I have used another piece which spoke "science" to me and included our great logo on the label (hard to believe this is our fourteenth reveal).   A few other pictures will be on my Flickr site (Salt Ayer or Betty Ayers).


2 comments:

  1. Betty--
    Such a personal story for such a terrifying "little devil," to use your words. I love that metallic thread covering his spikey little body. I'm glad he's captive on your quilt, however, and not wrecking havoc in some alternate universe inside the body. Bravo!
    Elizabeth

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  2. Beautiful! You've captured the sinister side while making a beautiful piece!

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