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