These were great themes to think about. They make an interesting combination because there is one particular form of synaesthesia where music and colour are linked and particular keys or sounds are experienced in colour. While I was thinking about this my daughter's piano teacher mentioned in passing that she associates keys with colours - for example C major is red and gold. The colour/music relationship in synaesthesia would make a lovely theme for a quilt and I'm keeping that in the back of my mind!
However my first Four-in-Art quilt for the 'Colour' theme explored the possibilities of monochrome black and white and for the second quilt I was interested in then moving on to one colour and focussing on that. I thought I would choose a piece of music and try to express the mood of it in a quilt. The obvious choice was Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin which is one of my favourite pieces. The choice of colour was already in the title, and so I just had to think about the images it evokes.
Gershwin described it as "a sort of musical kaleidoscope of America, of our vast melting pot, of our unduplicated national pep, of our metropolitan madness". It's been used as soundtrack music in the films Manhattan and The Great Gatsby but even before I saw them it sounds to me as if it opens on a big city at night - it sounds decadent and seductive and busy. In the first performance of Rhapsody in Blue Gershwin improvised some of his playing and so I decided to make an improvised quilt with the idea of a night-time cityscape in mind.
Here is Rhapsody in Blue.
I know there is a pictorial quilt in me but at the moment I'm quite interested in making quilts which could be abstract or have a meaning. In this quilt the flying geese could represent roofs, the gold squares lit windows and the circle could be a moon. The odd shape is a motif from an art deco building contemporary with the music and I liked it because it could also represent a trumpet which plays one of the themes.
I used shot cottons in various colours but where the warp thread is always blue and supplemented it with all that was left of some treasured gold metallic silk for city sparkle. The quilt is partly pieced with added fused applique.
I quilted in the ditch, and around the central panel. I thought I should stop there but am tempted to go back in again and do some more quilting round the shapes - there is always the fear of making things worse though!