This quilt was the result of a challenge from my former quilt group, Fringe Benefits, which has since disbanded. The topic of the challenge was "Varmints". I was less than delighted with the topic, but after spending months trying to eradicate fruit flies from my home, I did come up with my subject matter. I had been thinking about doing a still life for some time. Scroll down for details.
I was particularly interested in creating dimensionality in this piece. I used layers of fabric and machine embroidery (thread painting) to create the highlights and shadows on the pear. When I scanned this image, the pear became a bit squashed, but is OK now, and does not look squashed in person.
Below see the fruit flies of the title. The flies are quilted in. I used a swirling quilting design to mimic the erratic flight of the fruit flies.
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Created on : 03/02/02
Last Updated : 03/03/12