Friday, August 18, 2017

Eclipse Sky made its debut!

Thank you all for your encouragement on my last post.  The trunk show was well attended and I think went very well.  At least, it seemed like everyone enjoyed themselves.

My latest pattern made its debut at the end of my presentation.  Here is Eclipse Sky, in anticipation of next Monday's solar eclipse.


Of course there is some artistic license here, but my astronomer husband vetted it for basic scientific accuracy. He's a helpful, supportive kind of guy! The panels going from light to dark and back to light again represent the sky during the eclipse.  At totality the sun's disc is completely obscured by the moon and you can see stars, as well as the sun's corona flaring out beyond the disc.  You usually can't see the corona because of the brightness of the sun.


I had a tough time deciding what to quilt on this quilt, but when I finally did it made so much sense that I don't know why it took me so long to get there!  In the sun I quilted swirls like the swirling gases in the sun.  Pebbles in the moon remind me of the craters on the moon's surface.  Of course you can't actually see those details during the eclipse, but hey, it's a quilt!  Artistic license, right?


The concentric circles in the background?  Sorry, no great significance there.  I just thought they directed the focus to the eclipsed sun quite nicely. Looking at the quilts I shared last night, I realize I have used concentric circles several times.  I do like them, so don't be too surprised to see them pop up in more quilts.


We're going to head down to Missouri next Monday, hopefully down in Missouri Star Quilt Company territory (hubby does indulge me).  We'll try to get a picture of the quilt with a phase of the eclipse in the sky above it.  Then we'll focus on watching the celestial show for the total eclipse, I promise!  Weather permitting, of course.

Eclipse Sky is now available for sale as a pdf download in my Payhip shop and in my Craftsy shop, or in print form from Quilting Connection in Ames (they are happy to take phone orders).  It will also be available for your favourite quilt shop to order from distributors very soon (or immediately if they want to order directly form me).


18 comments:

  1. I should have known you would have something like this up your sleeve! This just makes the moon rise! You and your husband are so creative, and this creation is especially beautiful! Enjoy your trip, and be careful! ---"Love"

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  2. Beautiful!! And so apropos. Love it!

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  3. Eclipse Sky is a beautiful quilt. I wonder where your next quilty inspiration will come from.

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  4. great quilt look forward to seeing your photo whilst the eclipse is happening and how lucky you are to be going to Missouri quilt co

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  5. Excellent design! Very clever--if I actually get to see the eclipse (right now cloud cover is in the forecast for the area we plan to visit), I might have to make one of these. :)

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  6. what a fantastic quilt and I think you chose well the quilting designs. Delighted to read that the trunk show was a success. Gosh I would have liked to have been there to meet you and see your quilts. Rather envious of your trip to Missouri Star Quilt Company. Have a great trip!

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  7. This is absolutely genius! You've certainly raised the bar in the quilt design department.

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  8. Love it! What a great idea for a quilt.

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  9. Beautiful Eclipse! Glad your trunk show went well.

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  10. This quilt is so cool, and lovely too.

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  11. LOVE this! Beautiful and the quilting is perfect.

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  12. I'm jealous of you for being in such a great spot to see this in all its glory, as well as to get to go to THE quilt shop!!! Have a blast (ha blast off to the moon, didn't think of that until I wrote that) and as I told you on Instagram this is just magnificent Joanne! As is the quilting--YAY you!

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  13. Oh, I LOVE this. I love the colors, and the layout, the stars, how you quilted it. Congrats, it is beautiful.

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  14. Your quilt is fantastic! I really like it, lots! ! !

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  15. That is too cool!!! As I'm commenting, I'm waiting to see the eclipse from our front yard. I woke up about 3:00 AM today and couldn't get back to sleep because I started thinking about the eclipse! It would be nice to commemorate the event with a quilt.

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  16. Now that we've all seen the 2017 eclipse (most of us by TV of course), I just have to say again what a great quilt you designed. If I had not seen it before the eclipse, I'd have been very surprised that your design is really so in line with what we all saw. Absolute perfection! ---"Love"

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  17. What a beautiful design! This one is on my wish list now that we have seen the eclipse and plan on going to the next one. So well done!!

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  18. PS: I shared about your quilt on my blog. =)

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