Iced Water at the Café Rouge

Iced Water at the Café Rouge © 2002 by Suzann Thompson
23-1/4″ x 29″
Hand-spinning, knitting, quilting, crochet, appliqué, embellishment; wool, ramie, silk, acetate backing and binding, beads, buttons

My husband was out of town, so I took myself out to lunch for our wedding anniversary. I ordered a sandwich and iced water, which the Cafe Rouge has lifted to an art form. The black straw refracted beautifully in the frosty glass. The bright lemon accent was thrilling. I sketched the still-life, much to the amusement of other diners. Yes, I must try to reproduce this in a quilt. Here is the result.

The background is knitted and crocheted from handspun yarns. I made the glass with layers of net. Where I needed a shadow, I embroidered with dark yarn before adding the net. The bright accents are fabric appliqué. The straw and lemon are embroidered. The flower and the lettuce on the plate are crocheted.

$2,950 plus sales tax and shipping