May 2009, 17" wide by 17" high, Private Collection, © 2009, Maria Elkins, All Rights Reserved.

Violinist by Maria Elkins
My oldest daughter, Lydia has been playing violin for about fifteen years. She loves improvisation, letting the music go where it wills. I love watching the dreamy expression on her face when she’s playing. Absolute bliss!

I’ve always loved this picture of her. I love the movement and how the light illuminates her hair. I wanted to make a quilt that would allow the viewer to feel the passion of my daughter’s playing and be drawn in, as if they were invited to a private concert

This quilt is entirely fused applique using a modified version the beginner’s technique described in my "Making Faces" technique.

Violinist, detail, by Maria Elkins
Violinist, detail