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FLY ME TO THE MOON
Curated by Susanne M. Jones
A collection of breathtaking art quilts that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first moon walk, with artists from eight different countries. Included are quilts honoring all of the Apollo missions and astronauts. All quilts measure 18” x 30”.
Some artist statements have been edited for length and clarity.
2017 Chicago Festival sponsor – Moda
2016 Houston Festival sponsor – eQuilter.com
By Margaret Williams
Alan Shepard was the first American to escape earth's atmosphere and venture into space. On May 5, 1961 a Redstone rocket launched his Freedom 7 capsule 116 miles above the earth. The flight lasted all of 15 minutes. Ten years later, as the commander of the Apollo 14 mission, he became the oldest man—and the only one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts—to walk on the moon. Two golf balls are still there today, left by Shepard when he became the only person to hit a golf ball on the moon.
Raw-edge fused mosaic enhanced with thread, paint, and ink; thread-painted (Mercury symbol) appliqué created on water-soluble stabilizer; organza overlay, free-motion quilting
By Linda Syverson Guild
Photo by Mark Gulezian
7:00 a.m. 4 April, 1968: Unmanned Saturn V-502 rose thunderous from its Florida launch pad. That was nearly the last normal thing the big rocket did. 5 pm. 4 April, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr. died in Memphis Tennessee. This day began with hope (hence the white binding on the left and top sides) and ended with sorrow (the black binding on the right and bottom sides).
Appliqué (both turned and raw edge piecing) using a layer of fusible interfacing with the pattern drawn on it, and machine piecing of the rocket sections. The flag and words United States were hand embroidered. Quilting was free-motion.
Apollo 11 – “Soft Landing”
By Deborah Dempsey
July 16, 1969: Apollo 11 launch. Saturn V F-1 rocket engine, the most powerful single thrust chamber ever developed, disengages… plummeting into the Bermuda Triangle and impaling itself three miles deep into the ocean floor, a mile deeper than the Titanic!
March 2012: Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, underwrote a private—and secret—expedition to recover the Apollo engines. March 20, 2013. The F1 Saturn V Engine Recovery was an incredible achievement.
Free-motion quilted with metallic thread. Engine chamber details are hand-painted and thread-painted. Ship constructed of sheer fabric with metallic zipper blades. Basket embellishments incorporate drywall mesh, chain, vinyl cording and metal paper fasteners covered with nail polish.
Apollo 17 – Night Launch
By Martha Petry
Apollo 17 was the last manned U.S. mission to the moon and the only night launch. NASA shares that the astronauts on board were Eugene Cernan, commander; Ronald Evans, pilot; and Jack Schmitt, the first scientist and geologist to fly to the moon. The rocket was so bright that it illuminated the night sky and its' light glowed across the water as it lifted off on Dec. 7, 1972. In addition, I have outlined the stars in the sky to emphasize the night launch.
Machine pieced, hand quilted, hand embellished with beads, buttons, stars, sequins, and embroidered.
Captain James Arthur “Jim”
By Ellen Icochea and Jayne Gaskins
Ellen Icochea was born amidst the space race and Apollo missions and remembers adults always being excited about the launches, crying during the tragedies, and patriotically welcoming the astronauts back. She didn't truly understand the magnitude of the space program to Americans until she attended the Challenger Space Shuttle Launch on June 18, 1983. She felt connected to Sally Ride's accomplishment as a major step forward for women.
Captain Lovell's face is densely blended and thread painted. The remainder of the quilt is thread painted and quilted.
Colonel James Irwin – LMP/GAPP
By Karol Kusmaul
This quilt honors astronaut Colonel James Irwin, USAF. It is based on a NASA photograph taken by Apollo 15 Commander Dave Scott. The photo shows Jim Irwin, Lunar Module Pilot, working near the Lunar Rover. This was the first mission in which the Lunar Rover was used. The astronauts on this mission collected over 170 pounds of lunar material, including a core sample from 10 feet below the surface.
Raw edge hand appliqué collage, hand quilted
Dad and Me and Live TV
By Debra Goley
This time of my life was blissful, sitting with Dad, staying up well past my bedtime, watching live
TV, and watching history being made. My father has documented every day of his life since he was 12, and this day would be no different except the fact that other people would write of this day too and 500 million will be watching along with me this moment in time. It truly was a moment I sensed as a child and did not understand its impact until my adulthood.
Collaged fabrics, painted areas to depict shadowing, layering.
Dr. Mitchell and Friends
By Phyllis Cullen
Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 lunar module, walked
on the moon. With his experience in space with NASA and a Ph.D in astrophysics, his declaration some years later that "aliens prevented nuclear war on earth," in lengthy interviews seen worldwide, engendered a great deal of attention and consideration. I have therefore depicted him with his guardian angel-aliens as he peers through the cosmos.
Fabric collage, raw edge appliqué, thread painting, embellishment, free-motion quilting
Failure Was Not An Option for Apollo 13 Engineers
By Gail Heller
This quilt was made as a tribute to my daughter, Jaclyn, who trained as an aerospace engineer, loves all things aerospace and whose favorite mission is Apollo 13....to the point where she
has read the mission manuals and can recite
the entire script of the movie. While it is said
that the phrase “failure is not an option” may
not have been said in exactly that way during
the actual mission, all who were involved lived
by the mantra.
I used actual pictures of Apollo 13, the mission patch and the “fix” as the basis for my threadpainting of these items. Embellishments were added.
Far Side of the Moon
By Betty Hahn
Frank Borman and fellow Apollo VIII astronauts Anders and Lovell were the first to see the "far side" of the Moon. The topography is different than that of the "front." I chose to show Borman with the never seen view of the moon.
Whole cloth silk, painted with acrylic paint and Dynaflow directly onto the silk. It was quilted on a movable machine.
By Deb Berkebile
This quilt is an artistic depiction of the moon taken from the 1992 Galileo false-color composite remote sensed image. The image was created using different filters from the Galileo Orbiter. I discovered these amazing satellite images while in a Remote Sensing class I took as I was pursing my degree in GIS (Geographical Information Systems). The vivid colors and their outstanding variations are what first drew me to these representations.
Raw edge fusible appliqué, thread painting, acrylic painting and free motion quilting provided the details on this quilt.
Godspeed! July 16, 1969 Apollo 11 Liftoff (2015 copyright)
By Denise Currier
On July 20th 1969, I remember the family’s 24" black and white TV antennae rabbit ears on top, holding hands and jumping up and down with my three sibling brothers. The main pictorial focus image chosen is the July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 liftoff with President Lyndon B. Johnson and Mrs. Johnson amongst the crowd viewing the launch tied to the actual space rocket liftoff with America’s glorious Flag waving its glory.
Artistically rendered hand colored images, hand dyed and painted surface design fabrics. Machine appliquéd, pieced, quilted, trapunto techniques.
Last Quarter Moon
By Ricki Selva
The line between daylight and night is known as the Terminator, and it is the inspiration for my treatment of Last Quarter Moon (also known as a third-quarter moon phase). Steeply angled light rakes across the craters, turning the transition zone between light and dark into organic lace. Drawing and painting the moon took nearly two months of nerve-wracking work with permanent inks, dyes and paints.
Hand-inked, hand-painted, hand-overdyed, machine-pieced, hand-embroidered, hand-quilted, portrait-mounted
Leaving Home: Launch of
the Apollo 8
By Tanya Brown
Styled after the works of
This quilt commemorates the launch of the Apollo 8 on December 21, 1968, crewed by Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders. Over the course of six days, they travelled out of Earth orbit to the moon, reached and orbited the moon ten times, then returned safely to earth. They were the first to make this trip; their mission demonstrated its viability, and was an important prelude to actually traveling to and landing on the moon.
Watercolor painting on soy-sized cotton; stitching
By Linda MacDonald
Photo by Kathy Lichtendahl
In the 1960's, I worked in the aerospace industry and was fascinated with the plans for land vehicles to be used in the space program. More recently, I have discovered the fun of thread painting on my art quilts. I decided to combine these interests and make a thread-painted Lunar Rover on a moonscape background.
Drawn with markers and free-motion thread-painted with Sulky embroidery threads. The Rover was then appliquéd to the background landscape. Extra batting used for dimension.
The Moon in the Classroom
By Patricia Hobbs
Memories of the "lunar landing" include some of my first teaching experiences. I was in my second year as an art teacher for a rural school district, sharing rooms with other teachers. I remember walking through the back of the fifth grade science class. This memory is the basis for my quilt. The students were so excited to watch the landing on TV as some of the families did not own a TV or even have electricity.
Raw edge appliqué, drawing with fabric pen and oil pastels, machine piecing and quilting. I do feel that there is no difference between painting and drawing on canvas or cotton.
Propulsion: The Other Boosters Behind the Moon Landing
By Linda Cooper
The Apollo program was made possible by an amazing collaboration of imaginative people
in many professions and it led to incredible technical achievements. I remember the push for science education and the excitement generated by news stories chronicling the race to the moon to meet Kennedy's 10-year challenge. This mission also fueled the spirit and enterprise of the American people.
Machine appliqué and quilting
Pseudo Lunar Topography
By Meggan Czapiga
My inspiration for this piece comes from my love for science and microscopy imaging. Microscopy and astronomy share many core concepts which stem from the way light behaves. This particular pseudo-colored image of the moon demonstrates the topography of the lunar surface. Although my quilt is not scientifically accurate because I did not copy a true topographic image, it is my original artistic interpretation of a pseudo color image of the moon.
Rough-edge appliqué, reverse appliqué and machine quilting
Ron Evans Apollo 17
By Timi Bronson
Photo by Patti Hayes
After a fellow artist had to bow out of making
a quilt representing this astronaut, I said I
would. While searching through my quilts for
a presentation I came across an old embroidered self-portrait quilt and decided that was the technique I would use to create Ron Evans
Digitized photo image stitched onto hand dyed cotton fabric, enhanced with paints, colored pencil, markers and stenciling. Machine quilted and pieced.
The Stars and Stripes on the Moon
By Sarah Entsminger
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin put the first U.S. flag on the moon in place during their historic walk on July 20, 1969. The image used as inspiration for this piece was a photo taken by Armstrong of Aldrin with the flag. This photo has become one of the most remembered images and one that I remember seeing many times as a child. Buzz Aldrin stated that when he looked at the flag he sensed an "almost mystical unification of all people in the world at that moment."
Hand appliqué, machine appliqué, machine quilting, painting
To Infinity and Beyond
By Laura Gilmartin
In my research to find a photo representative of the Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, I chose his official NASA photo. To me it expresses the excitement of what he must of felt being chosen for this historic event. The sparkle in his eyes and the genuine smile drew me in from the start. I must confess that “Buzz Lightyear” in the Toy Story movies also came to mind, hence the title of the piece To Infinity and Beyond!
Trapunto, Fabric painting, thread painting, domestic machine to quilt, fusible appliqué, needle turned appliqué and hot fixed crystals. hand embroidery.
Tom and Alexei Share a Bottle
By Luana Rubin
This quilt celebrates the lifelong friendship of Tom Stafford and Alexey Leonov. After orbiting the moon on Apollo 10, Tom went on to command the Apollo-Soyuz Test project, smashing down barriers between US and Russia and making fast friends with Alexey, commander of the Russian side of the joint mission. Here is an imagined moment between them, sharing a tube of space food that has been covered with a label from a Vodka bottle.
Fused appliqué and machine stitching.
Way Better Than Sci Fi: Moon Landing Memories from A to Z
By Meena Schaldenbrand
Just a few months after coming to the U.S. as a teen, I was thrilled and engrossed in the Apollo mission. I wondered if they could they really land on the moon and return safely to earth. These are some of my memories of the exciting moon journey. “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind!" - Neil Armstrong
Text designed in Make the Cut software and printed on fabric. Also machine embroidered text. Electronic cutter: film strips, LM Thread sketched Walter Cronkite.
We Choose to Go to the Moon
By Laura Mosher
President John F. Kennedy's desire to have America be a leader in space, and his inspiring speeches issued a call to the citizens of the United States to support the considerable investment in money, energy, and time that would get us to the moon. I wasn't around to hear his speeches in person, but even via a scratchy recording I have felt the power of his voice and his words.
Machine piecing and fused machine
appliqué; machine quilting and hand
appliqué and embroidery.
With Stars in Their Eyes
By Dolores Fegan
This piece was inspired by a photo of my siblings and myself taken about the time of the moon landing. The quilt depicts my memory of the moon launch and a bit of artistic license.
Ink jet transfer, raw edged appliqué, free-motion thread sketching around people and objects and free motion quilting.
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