Maryte Collard – Music


Inspiration: Lithuanian artist and composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875-1911), was a unique figure in the history of European arts and has left a profound imprint on Lithuanian culture. Many of his paintings were based on intricate musical compositional techniques, and inspiration for my piece came from his Sonata of the Summer. Scherzo. Tempera on paper, 1908.

Borrowed from Italian, scherzo (joke, play) is a swift-moving piece of music performed in a playful manner.

In this quilt I wanted a viewer to hear the melody of the wind as the swallows dance across the sky. When the melody reaches it’s crescendo, candle flames flicker in delight, trees and grasses bend and move with joy. It is summer, it is time to play!

Technique: I used my own hand dyed cotton fabrics following colors of the painting. The shibori discharged piece of fabric used for the right side of the sky was laying around for a long time. I thought I would never find any good use for it. It worked well in this quilt. Pieces were fused using Soft Fuse, machine appliqued and machine pieced where it was possible. Machine quilted. Adding spirals in quilting helped to express movement. Some hand stitching added for more texture.

Close up views:



Inspiration: Ciurlionis, Sonata of the Summer. Scherzo.

Ciurlionis, Sonata of the Summer. Scherzo.


  1. Ciurlionis would be proud of you, Maryte! Wonderful, meaningful artwork.

  2. A lovely piece of work, you have really captured the movement and feeling of a crescendo with fantastic stitching, well done.


    You have captured the atmosphere of the painting as well as the movement in it. Beautiful composition and stitching.

  4. Your quilt is so vibrant and echos the original painting in a delightful way.

  5. Summer, music, playing, movement, all ingredients are there for creating a symphony. Love the way you were inspired by the painting, and gave this piece its own composition!

  6. Beatiful work, the quilting motif you have used totally bring your work to life.

  7. Lovely colors. I especially like the hand stitched detail. The echo quilting is well chosen.

  8. studiociboulette

    Beautiful work. Your interpretation of the symphony is striking. Your quilting adds a lot of movement. Wonderful!

  9. You certainly have captured the essence of the painting and the interpretation gives movement to the swallows. Beautiful colours and stitching. Well done.

  10. An excellent interpretation of your theme with beautiful stitching and subtle colours.

  11. You managed to capture the atmosphere and reproduce it. Excellent choice of colors and wonderful stitching.Very charming.
    I didn’t know this Lithuanian artist and thanks to you I went to discover his works.

  12. What a beautiful piece Maryte. I really love it. You captured the essence of the painting and made it your own. The subtle colors and stitching are awesome. Bravo.

  13. Your design and interpretation of the musicality and movement of the painting is spot on. It has a lazy, breezy, playful summer day feel to it. Beautiful work and amazing quilting!

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