As I thought of the theme a number of ideas came to mind--images of aspen leaves on a tree, an owl flying silently in front of a stand of trees were some. But then we had a major hailstorm with softball size hailstones bouncing through the yard and banging on our metal roof and striking the tree branches. Afterward it was silent while we gazed from our deck at the mess of leaves and twigs. After so much noise there was the Sound of Silence.
This piece involves applique and extensive stitching and quilting. The quilting pattern I learned after studying a quilt by Marie Roper of the UK. I used metallic thread for that.
Leaves have served me well as images both here and in the City and Guilds patchwork class.