Watercolor Coneflowers

Watercolor Coneflowers is my quilt for the Fall 2012 Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  It’s a small art quilt that I’ve been working on to donate to the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (which has already raised over $773,000 to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and fund research).  Both of my parents suffered from Alzheimer’s, and you can read more about why I support AAQI here.

Here’s Watercolor Coneflowers.  It’s about 9 inches wide by 12 inches high.

To create this quilt, I started with some photos I’d taken of coneflowers in my yard.  In Photoshop, I edited out all the extraneous stuff and reduced the flowers to black and white sketches.

Then, using many layers in Photoshop, I colored the sketch to get a watercolor feel.  Here’s the result which I had printed on fabric at Spoonflower.com.

I didn’t get any in-progress photos of the quilting, but I obviously did a lot of thread painting to fill in the flowers and leaves.  Here’s the front and the back before the final trimming and mounting.

To finish the quilt, I mounted it on a very heavy-weight interfacing (Peltex 70) which I’d covered with my hand-dyed fabric.  The heavy interfacing gives the quilt a firm frame, almost like putting it into a picture frame.

Here’s a detail of the final quilt.

Thanks for looking at my quilt, and I hope you enjoy all the other amazing quilts in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats: Finished quilt measures : 9″x 12″; Special techniques used  include thread painting and photo printed on fabric;Quilted by Jean Cheszek; Best Categories — Art Quilt or Wall Hanging.

Every stage of life is interesting — even this one.  — My Mother, 2002, in the later stages of Alzheimer’s

14 thoughts on “Watercolor Coneflowers

  1. Lovely quilt – thanks for sharing your process, it’s so instructive for those of us who are new to art quilts.

  2. Fabulous! Love it. Thanks for sharing how you did this. Have a friend’s photo of sunflowers i’ve been wanting to make into a quilt. This might be a way to try. Have a great day. Sorry about your family’s struggle with such a hard disease. Fantastic the money raised–hopefully soon there will be a cure

  3. Kudos, definitely captured the beauty of coneflowers — such a great flower and such a great quilt.
    Come see my entries #23 antique zigzag and #46 repro tulip batik

  4. Your Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilt is stunning!!! I appreciate you sharing the different steps. Thank you for supporting the AAQI. Your mother’s quote at the end is heartwarming.

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