Chantal Guillermet – Music


Inspiration : My picture was taken on the French side of the Lake Leman in the Alps last June. On the original picture there were no birds but I liked the quiet water and it is easy to imagine one perched on the balustrade and singing

In the dictionary one of the many definition of Music says ” Sounds produced by singing or by musical instrument”. I thought a singing bird would be a perfect illustration. From the dictionary I have chosen these definitions : ” Sounds produced by singing or by musical instrument” or ” Sounds perceived as pleasing and harmonious” to illustrate my interpretation and make my composition.

Background : I started by a layer of Mistyfused on the batting, organised my background and fused everything in place. The balustrade was cut out from a piece of light grey batik and appliquéd in a second step with free motion quilting, using quilting paper and following the shadow lines. Shadows were made with Inktense pencils and gel medium. I made a stamp for the bird and printed it with acrylic paints on a piece of fabric; it was then cut out, fused and embellished with free motion embroidery. I made some decoloration on the blue fabric behind the balustrade to suggest the movement of water.

Musical score : It is a copy from my husband’s huge pile of musical scores … he is a clarinetist ! Sprayed with Brusho, I fused Mistyfused on the back and tear it into irregular squares; then ironed them in place. To fix the colours I applied satin acrylic wax on them.

The quilt is faced.

Original photo:

Close up views:


  1. Lovely depiction of the music produced by the bird. Love the blue, serene scene too!

  2. Very lovely piece with so much detail. I can hear your bird chirping…

  3. I just knew that this was yours, it has the a real feel of calm and tranquility with just the gentle bird-song breaking the silence.

  4. Chantal you are so talented with the brush, love the wholeness of the quilt.

  5. Lovely piece, good that you added a bird in the picture, together with the water on the background this makes real music. Very nice colors too.

  6. I once had a friend whose last name was Vogelsang; she translated it as Birdsong. Your quilt very much reminds me of her. The bird is so life-like that is seems to be about to fly away. The trail of music adds a whimsical effect to the composition.

  7. studiociboulette

    I love your quilt. The bird singing is so beautiful, I love the way you interpret it. Beautiful stitching and colors. Bravo.

  8. What a lovely little bird you have used to sing his song. I love the way that the pieces of musical score are spilling from his beak. A very well worked and happy piece.

  9. I also like the music coming from the bird – a clever way of showing his song. The colours are beautiful and calm.

  10. So nice to see the little bird as a colourful centrepiece of your work. You made a very skilful stamp for it. The little squares of music paper form a nice rhythmic counterbalance to the rhythm of the balustrade. I love it.

  11. Lovely and peaceful interpretation of music. Love all the techniques, details and the pop of color with the sweet, little birdie. Well done!

  12. I like your use of different techniques. Especially the bird stamp and how you colored it with acrylic paint. A lovely balanced and quiet piece.

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