This is one Mean Old Lady!

This is one Mean Old Lady!
Self-portrait: 'Quilter on Fire'

Sunday, August 6, 2017

"Big Bang Theory"

This is my most recent quilt--entered in the Hot Springs Quilt Show 2017.  

Each entry was required to include a brief description of the quilt, its inspiration, and so forth.  Here is what I wrote:

I began making these English paper-pieced stars more than 12 years ago, as a fairly inexperienced quilter.  (I progressed from hand-traced freezer-paper construction to computer-printed freezer paper to die-cut paper pieces from a commercial vendor; there were some sizing differences....)   For me it was a way to try a new technique and use small amounts of exciting fabrics like batiks.  

My design ideas going into the project were fuzzy "maybes,"  but as time passed ...and passed...our exploratory probes traveled into space to visit distant planets and the Hubble telescope sent amazing images of distant nebuli. I became interested in representing Outer Space in fabric, using my stars to illustrate "The Big Bang Theory."

I went through a number of  possible arrangements.  Then I had to construct all of the (English paper-pieced) background for the stars and come up with a way to join all of this into a quilt top using my machine (or else plan for it to take a century.)  

Can you find the Black Hole and the Star that has 'gone out'?


  1. It's beautiful, esp. the way it has shape without symmetry and the way the colors of space in the background vary.

    I'm not sure I can see the colors well enough to find the dead star. Is it the one in the lower right without a center piece? Is the black hole at the center in the top, a kind of glowing vortex? I hope you'll reveal the answers.

    1. A friend is going to do a better photo when we have a sunny day and will be at the same place.... there is a deep blue star near the top (just under the Southwestern multicolored star) is hard to discern from the background. We know stars do 'go out.' The black hole has a quilted spiral and rays on a black hexagon, but I don't think it can be seen on this photo. Thanks for visiting!


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