November 13, 2011
Astonomy as Quilter’s Muse – stellar inspiration
Real life action figure
Jimmy McBride is the hot new man on the quilting scene.
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..
Judy Ross , our Washington neighbor has
What Hubble Saw , 41 inch by 38 inch
Astronomical quilts have a venerable past :
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.”
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
And of the heavens from beyond earth .
38″h x 62″w ©2008
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
Cone Nebula by
Liz in Ypsilanti
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
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 !