November 13, 2011

Astonomy as Quilter’s Muse – stellar inspiration

Posted in Techniques and Materials tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:13 pm by satinmoon

Real life action figure

Jimmy McBride  is the hot new man on the quilting scene.

The Crab  Nebula quilt

87″ x 78″

his hand and machine quilted with hand embroidery, sent me on an intergalactic search .

Not too surprising, N.A.S.A. is a major inspirational source and promoter of

space themed quilts..

Astronomy enthusiast

Judy Ross , our Washington neighbor has

interpreted some of the Hubble Space Telescope’s best galactic and extragalactic vistas.

   What Hubble Saw , 41 inch by 38 inch

Astronomical quilts have a venerable past :

This Solar System quilt was made by Ellen Harding Baker of Cedar County, Iowa, in 1876.

It is 89″ long and 106″ wide. The wool top of this applique quilt is embellished with wool-fabric applique, wool braid,

and wool and silk embroidery. was used as a teaching aid in Baker’s astronomy lectures and based on textbook illustrations available at the time. According to the museum, “astronomy was an acceptable interest for women in the 19th century and was sometimes even fostered in their eduction.

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

  The 7th planet from the sun was discovered in 1791 by Herschel, an astronomer.

This planet was later renamed Uranus in the late 19th C. This fabulous appliqued quilt depicts the 7 known planets, their moons, rings, and axis angles during orbit. A written label lends information regarding each planet; the colors are bright and the background toned. This quilt is absolutely attic fresh.Hammer Price: $64,000

But is is the Hubble Telescope

that has allowed us

new vistas of earth as seen from space

“Hubble to Earth” by Louise Harris

This represents the inner workings of the Hubble with earth’s blue oceans as seen from above.

Elemental Blue Water by

Martha Cole

And of the heavens from beyond earth .

Colliding Mice Galaxies 

38″h x 62″w ©2008

by     Ann Harwell

Across the Universe

A quilted montage of 8 public domain images of distant nebulas taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
The  image is printed on  EQ Printables inkjet fabric sheet The finished size is 12.5″ x 16″.

Constellation of the Deer

by Paulette Landers

 Orion Nebula

Cone Nebula by

Liz in Ypsilanti

Australian art quilters, Art Quilts Around the World  

challenged themselves with  photographs from the Hubble Space station,


created a beaded   Star  nebula of  evolon , purple velvet and angelina with

free motion embroidery  mounted on black felt

with a needle punched edge.

The study of the stars  inspired and explosion of colour energy by

author and artist Eileen Wright

 and stellar paper piecing techniques 

by artist and author  Judy Mathieson

and interior explorations  like

Stellar Crystal  by Margaret K Silverstone   

Home Astronomy Quilt of the Week

  Six by seven foot quilt consisting of 52 individual pieces (11 inches by 8 inches)

Let Judy Ross’s weekly  journal  project  inspire you to launch  your creativity into intergalactic exploration !


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