Anne is a wonderful member of two bees I am currently a part of, Snip.Sew.Send and the Stitchin' Bee. June was her month for S.S.S., and she requested that we make her a map block. It could be any kind of map using any technique.
Mine is finally done and on its way to Anne, who hopefully will forgive me for being so very very late. I did enjoy making this block, though, and since it might seem a little abstract, I'll give you my thought process for coming up with the design.
When Anne sent out her introduction for the Stitchin' Bee, she mentioned that she is married to her best friend. I find that incredibly romantic . . . and I have read many many scientific articled about pair bonding between two humans, what causes it, and how it is sustained. For instance, did you know that when you see someone you are in love with your brain sends out bursts of chmicals called oxytocin and serotonin? These chemicals give you a sense of euphoria, and you are literally addicted to the other person . . . the process also occurs when drug users get a fix :)
For some couples this chemical reaction occurs for only a few years, for others it can last through their entire lives. Thinking about this made me remember a book I bought some time ago about human brain development and function: Mapping the Mind, by Rita Carter. I love this book, its like a cool text book/coffee table book hybrid. Very easy to read and lots of nice pictures, but very informative and interesting.
The cover of the book has a "map" of brain function. So this is the image I chose to recreate, using embroidery floss in the colors from the "map of the states" fabric Anne sent to us for inspiration. I didn't sketch it out first, or anything, I just kind of started working on it. I did fold the fabric sometimes to get a straight line to follow, but otherwise it was all freestyle. I really like it. I think of it as an homage to Anne and her husband, as well as a nod to my love of both science and sewing. A union of left brain and right brain, if you will.
So there you have it. Possibly the coolest and nerdiest quilt block I have ever made.
Forgive me, Anne! The block is on its way.