From the beginning, I debated between two different puns, but eventually I settled on the homonyms “pear, pair, and pare.” I pared a red and a green pair of pears, arranged the pared pairs on a plate, and shot the photo outside on the back porch against the brick wall.
I printed the photo, after doctoring it a bit on Photoshop, using Jacquard Inkjet Fabric Sheets. Inktense Pencils in various shades of greens and red and a bit of brown and yellow helped to brighten the colors; I blended them with a brush dipped in water. This was the most fun part of this quilt for me! (Thanks, Jane Hartfield!)
I have a brand new machine and was eager to try it out on the quilting. I lost my nerve, though, as far as free-motion quilting, so stitched a gentle curving vine and leaves using the open-toe embroidery foot, feed dogs engaged. The quilting can hardly be seen, but it shows up a bit better on the back!
Then I fused the photo onto the background, using Wonder Under. After fusing it, I appliqued around the photo using the buttonhole stitch to secure it. Finally, I bound the quilt with another red batik.
PS: This is actually a two-sided quilt! On the back is the other design I considered. This one is based on the pun first mentioned by Carolyn: “Blessed are the piece-makers,” [a pun on the Bible verse “Blessed are the peace-makers”] and it depicts various ones of us Material Mavens “piecing.” Well, sewing on machines. Some of us claim never to piece! Not me! Who makes this claim will remain nameless! I actually put together a composite, but I don't think I'll be taking over Randy's job!
I identify the "piecers" (sorry, quilt artists) in the caption. I've also posted the original composite, which of course is sharper and clearer than the photo I printed onto fabric!