Stargazer — A Small Quilt for AAQI

Each spring the Milwaukee Art Museum has a 4-day exhibit called Art in Bloom which pairs amazing floral arrangements with the museum’s artwork.  We went to the show last spring, and I took tons of photos of the flowers.

The photo below of the Stargazer Lilies I took at one of the vendor booths.

Using Photoshop, I edited the photo to down to one flower without all the other distractions.  I also used various filters to make it look more like a painting.  Here’s the final photo I used for the quilt.

I had this version printed on fabric at Spoonflower.  To create the quilt, I used a lot of thread to enhance the photo.  Once that was done, I backed it with a stiff Pellon interfacing wrapped in brown fabric to create a mini frame for the piece.

Here’s the final quilt Stargazer.  It’s about 8 inches by 8 inches.  I’m planning to donate this to the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative–a non-profit organization which has raised over $870,000 for Alzheimer’s research and awareness programs.

To guard a title that was rich before,
To gild refined gold, to paint the lily,
To throw a perfume on the violet,
To smooth the ice, or add another hue
Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light
To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish,
Is wasteful and ridiculous excess.
William Shakespeare in King John (4.2.11-17)

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