Ahhhh...I love a good mystery, especially a British one!
My first thought was Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, then thought of, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. After a few days of considering those two options, I thought of Jack The Ripper, as I have been fascinated with him for as long as I can remember . At some point, after I decided that Jack would be my "victim", I realized that I have been associated with a "ripper" for the past 15+ years, so the concept of Jack The (seam) Ripper was born!
The background is silkscreened and rubber stamped on antique linen that I dipped in very watered-down black acrylic paint. The background images are from a photo of Big Ben and the Parliament buildings; a Victorian street map of the area in London where Jack committed his crimes; and a bit of information regarding the Whitechapel murders and the victims names. Even though I wanted this to be a whimsical piece, I felt a certain obligation to acknowledge the murdered women. The last surface design element is a large rubber stamp question mark. The houses are silkscreened on cotton, cut out and fused, "Jack" is fused black organza and the lettering is fused, free-hand cut out of black cotton. Originally I intended to include the word (seam) on the quilt, but thought an actual seam ripper would add a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor! I don't think they show up very well in the photo, but I made a number of slits into the background with the seam ripper also.