6901 – Purple Orchid

6901 – Purple Orchid

Jean Cheszek
Palatine, IL   USA

Width: 9"   Length: 12"

Materials/Techniques: Photo, edited in Photoshop, and then printed on fabric and machine quilted.

Artist Statement: My mother's parents were avid gardeners, especially in their retirement years. My mother was also an avid gardener, a writer of gardening books and a photographer, and my father liked working in the yard. I didn't inherit any of their gardening talents, but my mother got me started taking photographs when I was about 10. My mother served in the WAVES during World War II -- this is from a letter to her parents February 13, 1945: "After dinner we headed for the Metropolitan Opera House. During the afternoon we had tried to get tickets for it as none of us had ever seen an opera but all were sold out. But we were advised to go anyway and buy tickets for standing room. So, as we wanted to see it very much, we did. The line for standing room tickets was about a block long when we arrived and we figured it would be pretty hopeless. Just as we were thinking of leaving, an elderly man in a top hat and tuxedo came up to us and asked us if we’d like 3 tickets. He said he belonged to the Metropolitan Opera Club, and that one of the members of the club had just called up and said that he had three tickets he wouldn’t be able to use, and that this man should go out and give them to 3 sailors. We could hardly believe it was true. We took the tickets. Went inside and discovered that they were for just about 3 of the best seats in the whole place. They must have been at least $7 apiece. All around us were sitting women in evening dresses, mink coats, wearing orchids and men in full dress, top hats, etc. When we got to our seats we were brought opera glasses and programs from the supply belonging to the opera club. It was almost more fun watching the people then it was seeing the opera. They were evidently the cream of New York society. The building was a beautiful place. The Opera was The Magic Flute, and was very good—easy to understand. There were about 50 different stages settings all very elaborate. It only took a few seconds for the scenes to change." Purple Orchid is from a photo of an orchid that I bought at Home Depot for about $10 several years ago. It bloomed spectacularly for quite a while, but it’s been dormant for a couple years now. Guess it might be permanently dormant at this point... I finished the quilt by printing the photo on fabric and then adding a lot of thread painting.
Jean Cheszek

Dedication: In memory of my parents, Charles and Marion Schroeder, for whom every stage of life was interesting, even Alzheimer’s.

This quilt has Fast Finish Triangles.



This quilt earned $114.69 for the AAQI.