Podophyllum pelatum (May Apple)

   Podophyllum pelatum is a source of plant chemicals in clinical use today.  Medicine created from the May Apple helps people with cancer. 

   As a geoecology student at Albion College, I studied transect in the woods and identified everything within its boundaries.  My quilt depicts the May Apple with the woven floor of the forest.  The distinctive leaves are easily identified!  The lovely flower is unique!

   The quilt is hand quilted, machine quilted, and embellished with beads, baubles, and embroidery stitches.  The raw edges add to the depiction of a forest floor.  My husband, Chuck Busby, is a photographer who often takes pictures for my art work.  I printed the flower pictures from the computer on adhesive-backed fabric.  I mixed fabric medium with acrylic paint to add touches to the forest.

   Making an art quilt honoring the researchers who identify, gather and create from such a lovely natural source is a joy!

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