Inspired by a painting of Gustave Caillebrote titled ‘the Orange Trees’, I used a combination of machine piecing, needle-turn hand applique and hand embroidery followed by machine quilting to emphasize the plant boxes and the chairs in the painting.
18W by 21T
This piece began with a base of ice-dyed silk. It was stamped using printer ink and leaves collected from the George R Brown convention center in Houston during Quilt Festival. The leaves were then used as templates to make additional floating leaves on the piece. The quilting lines are meant to suggest leaves drifting to the earth in the fall. This piece has been in Mancuso shows around the United States as part of a group known as Stretching Art.
This started as a challenge in an Art Group. We exchanged sandwich bags filled with bits of thread; embellishments, fabric and could add a few things. I used what was in the bag, added the yellow button and the felt spool cap. Finished piece is 9 by 12–and will probably be up for sale in my local quilt guild biannual show.