One Tulip — A Small Quilt for AAQI

Here’s another small quilt I’ve made for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative.

I started with this photo I took at the Milwaukee Art Museum’s annual Art in Bloom exhibit.


I wanted to highlight the tulip, so I made a duplicate layer in Photoshop and changed it to black and white.


Then I made another duplicate layer of the original and deleted everything except the tulip.


This is the combined image.


Next I played with various filters to give the image a painterly effect.  Here are 4 different versions:  watercolor, impasto, gouache and oil.


I picked the “oil” version to print on fabric.  In retrospect, I probably should have toned down the white areas in the background–something to remember next time.

Here’s the piece with the background quilted.  I did a grid pattern for the background and the leaves.


The final piece, One Tulip, measures 9 by 9.5 inches.


Please continue to support the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative — 2013 will be their last year of fundraising, and they have an ambitious a goal of raising $1,000,000 before the end of the year.


Bring the tulip and the rose,
While their brilliant beauty glows.
– Eliza Cook

Tiptoe through the window
By the window, that is where I’ll be
Come tiptoe through the tulips with me
– Tiny Tim

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