A few years ago, I started thinking about a photograph I took at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center as the basis for a quilt.
My original thought was to produce a pixel quilt from the photo, but as I played with pixellating the image in a photo editor, it became clear that this was not a good candidate for that type of quilt. I put the idea aside for a while.
Then when Luke Haynes published a tutorial for one of his applique designs, a light bulb came on and I realized that would be a better approach for using my photo.
I used Photoshop to manipulate the image into a posterized pattern, and had it printed on large-format paper at an office supply shop.
The background is a traditional Storm at Sea design; I drafted my own
blocks onto freezer paper and used a "paperless" paper piecing method.
We fought with wind and sun to get photos; this one is almost a reject, but the angle of the lighting does show the quilting well:
To quilt the curved flying geese, I marked the curve first on freezer paper (any large piece of paper would do):
Then I cut the paper along the curve, and positioned the two halves so as to mark the upper and lower boundaries for the flying geese:
I used Gale Garber's method to mark the geese within the curves, and Kathleen Riggins' method of quilting the geese.
The background is quilted with several organic type fills; the quilting on the rocket is inspired by details in the photo.
For the reflective part of the rocket, I used a few metallic fabrics:
The larger applique pieces were basted in place with washable glue; smaller details are either fused in place or created via reverse applique.
I used a couple of NASA licensed fabrics for the back. The label, printed at Spoonflower, includes the original photo.
I tried to use a few sky- or space-related fabrics for the background; this is one of my favorite blocks:
The binding is a Lizzy House Constellations print which seems particularly appropriate:
The name of the quilt (and the photo), "Back to the Moon," comes from a Kate Campbell song.
I'm linking up with crazy mom quilts for Finish It Up Friday.