Home Astronomy Quilt
(Click on quilt for closeups)
Credit and Copyright: Judy W. Ross
Point Roberts, WA, and Roberts Creek, BC
Each morning, I start my day by looking at the NASA 'Astronomy Picture
of the Day' on the internet. Most of the photos are from large
telescopes, including the Hubble, which is space-based. The photos
are amazing and surprising and one day I thought, 'I wonder what I
would see if I had the Hubble at MY house.' That was the beginning of
this project, which went on for a year and became 'Home Astronomy
Quilt of the Week.' (The quilt is 6 feet by 7 feet, and the
individual pieces are 11 inches by 8 inches.) Most of these pieces
are based upon my own imaginings, though some are suggested by actual
NASA photographs. There are 52 pieces, one for each week, because,
unlike NASA, I didn't think I could produce one a day.
Astronomy Picture of the Day archives
include well over 2000 photos!
The quilt was featured as the NASA astronomy picture of the day on October 17, 2003. It received the Creativity Award at the 2003 Sunshine Coast Quilt Guild show in Sechelt, BC, and was featured at the fourth annual Fibre Arts Festival in Gibsons, BC. It spent the 2004-05 academic year at the Lick Observatory Visitors' Center, Mount Hamilton, CA. It was a featured exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX, in November 2006.
Navigation: Clicking on any one of the 52 weekly pieces will display a closeup of that piece. The pieces that were suggested by a particular NASA photo have asterisks following their names; clicking on the closeup for these pieces will bring up the corresponding NASA photo.
Other works: Many of my other quilts may be seen on my Google web site.