cotton fabric, batting, thread
machine pieced + quilted by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill
32″ x 32″
Fitted with a hanging sleeve for wall display.
I designed Bzzzzzz over the course of many major winter storms. There was so much snow, I could barely see the beehives out the windows of my studio. Bzzzzzz is a reminder that during the coldest of days, spring and warmer weather will eventually arrive. I love bees for many reasons, but my main inspiration was that this mini-quilt would be a reminder that winter would (hopefully) soon disappear and the bees would emerge.
accolades & exhibitions
• 2016: QuiltWeek, Paducah, Kentucky
• 2016: QuiltCon, Pasadena, California
• 2015: Quilts=Art=Quilts Exhibit, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, New York
• 2015: Quilt Alliance “Animals We Love”, First Place and Mark Lipinski Judge’s Choice
“Because the quiltmaker took a creative risk and interpreted the competition’s theme in a totally different way and style than the other entrants, Bzzzzz immediately caught my attention and interest. The pieced work, with its clean and graphic design shapes, was appealing to me. Blending a combination of the modern aesthetic (more than average negative space, solid and contrasting color combos, a sense of minimalism) with traditional piecework (matching points, traditional quilting, a variation on a traditional Lone Star quilt pattern) was both interesting and appealing. The use of the grey and black pieced strips in the bees’ wings adds movement and depth, while the soft hued binding only complements the totality of the piece rather than abruptly stopping the eye with a more predictable choice of bright yellow, black, or grey. Frankly, there was nothing that I didn’t enjoy about this entry.” —Mark Lipinski