An Inordinate Fondness For Beetles

Apparently biologist J.B.S. Haldane said this, and apparently he really was fond of beetles. I’m not fond of the actual critters, but I do like seeing pictures of them, especially the more colorful ones. I’ve even bought some beetle fabric, although in black and white.

While I was pulling out my lobster fabric, I found a small bag with the beetle fabric. Then I found my collection of animal totems.

“Self,” I said, “these are all black, white and red. You’ve got black and red lobster fabric, and black and red space fabric. What does that suggest?”

You’re probably thinking it suggests a little artistic intervention and counseling for me – no such luck. What did happen is I thought of labyrinths. Wouldn’t it be fun to make a labyrinth quilt from this collection?

Not so much, as it happens. I really don’t want to piece all the little sections that the design in my head requires. The work-in-progress is resting on my design wall, and I am considering quilting designs to enhance the labyrinth motif. Perhaps some sashiko would work. Suggestions?

Luck and wisdom!

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3 Responses to “An Inordinate Fondness For Beetles”

  1. norma Says:

    I like the idea! Sashiko would show up well so ought to be good for superimposing a labyrinth pattern on this without having to do too much piecing.

  2. timetowritenow Says:

    I’m not a designer and I don’t know what Sashiko is, but I think the totems, insects, and lobster could be combined somehow. They seem to go together in my imagination. Go for it!

    • Lani Longshore Says:

      Thanks! Sashiko is a Japanese embroidery style. I’ve always admired it, but since I’ve never taken lessons and don’t have the right thread, I think I’ll have to call my version sashiko-like.

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