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September 13, 2017
MQG Quilt of the Month – September 2017! from Flying Parrot Quilts

I’ve made another science quilt (shocking, I know!), and this one is the Modern Quilt Guild’s September Quilt of the Month, meaning members can download the pattern from the community site! I’m so excited to share the quilt and just a little bit about the science with you.

Molecular Test quilt by Sylvia Schaefer, inspired by gel electrophoresis/Flying Parrot Quilts | www.flyingparrotquilts.com

This quilt is called Molecular Test because it is based on a test called “gel electrophoresis” (pronounced “e-lec-tro-FOR-ee-sys”). Scientists use this method to separate molecules (typically, proteins or DNA fragments) by size. Basically, the samples are placed in a gel medium and an electric current is applied, which causes ...

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June 1, 2017
Finished Science Quilt: Corona from Flying Parrot Quilts

When I went to the AQS Chattanooga show back in the fall of 2015, I really fell in love with Zen Chic’s Modern Background Ink line. All that was left in the Moda both was a jelly roll. I don’t use precuts very often (mostly because I’m a pre-washer), but I had to have this one. So, what to make with a jelly roll? The answer, for me, was a whole lot of half square triangles (HSTs).

Corona | Flying Parrot Quilts

This quilt is inspired by the Sun’s corona, the superheated zone of gas (actually, plasma) surrounding the star itself ...

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April 26, 2017
Gaia’s Reproductive Phase from Nina Paley

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The Gaia Hypothesis posits the Earth’s biosphere is a single living organism. Living organisms by definition reproduce. How would a planet’s biosphere reproduce?

By sending reproductive cells of some sort to other planets.

Much (possibly most) of the Earth’s biosphere consists of bacteria. In fact most animals, including humans, consist largely of bacteria. Animals are mobile housing units for bacteria.

Humans are a peculiar animal. We’re creating our own extinction event. We seem hellbent on exploiting and destroying “nature,” yet we are part of nature, produced by nature. Why would the biosphere produce homo sapiens?

An ...

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April 14, 2017
"Vetruvian Man" Awarded Prize from Linda's Art Quilts

30" x 50" "Body Map in Honor of DaVinci's Vetruvian Man"
Am very happy to learn today that my work which pays homage to DaVinci's Vetruvian Man has been awarded second prize in mixed media at the Sorensen Gallery in Fresno, California.  This work was juried into the 7th Annual Art Scientifique month long exhibit at the Sorensen Gallery in the heart of Fresno.  Yearly the Departments of Science and Mathematics at California State University, Fresno put out a national call for art entries which deal with some area of science and/or mathematics.  Because many of the ...

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January 18, 2017
Technology: Friend or Foe? from Lisa H Calle's Blog

images-58With the advances many gifted humans have made throughout time it is not surprising to witness applied science making its way into the quilting world.  Beginning with the birth of the first patented sewing machine in 1791 to the now visible computerized quilting machines; mechanics has evolved quilting into an amazing hobby and business.

Somehow in this ever-changing quilting world I still embrace the tried and true, (a.k.a the old-fashioned way) pencil and paper.  Bells and whistles are in abundance; enhancing the efficiency and uniqueness to what can be created with a small needle and thread.  Yet, I ...

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October 24, 2016
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: S P A C E from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Watch out for the aliens! This week's inspiration: space. Especially those fun 1970s and '80s science book pictures. Wouldn't they make perfect fabric? I'd have so much fun designing a science/space themed fabric line with these pics as inspiration. And the quilt! Hold on, they are coming!

Cover from “Stars” a Golden Nature guide 1951:

Space Alphabet:


by El Gato Gomez:

All About the Stars by Anne Terry White, illustrated by Marvin Bileck (1954).:

The Look-It-Up Book of Stars & Planets by Patricia Lauber, illustrated by John Polgreen (1967).:


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You Will Go to the Moon by Mae and Ira Freeman, illustrated by Robert Patterson (1959).:

Journey through space.:

Eszter Schall - Planets:

From the Earth to the Moon (1958):

Science Fiction 1970's:

The Walt Disney Story of Our Friend the Atom:

Here they are! As promised. Are they some pretty amazing quilts. Imagine these in a room for a little boy. And a few of them would make great sofa quilts for a big boy scientist. 

Sampaguita Quilts: Solar System / Space quilt If I ever actually learn how to quilt/embroider:

Space quilt I made for little Nic:

glaxy with 2 1/2 inch strips and many stars Sampaguita Quilts:

How awesome does this look!!  Solar System Quilt - looks a little tricky but not as time-consuming as hundreds of tiny pieces - sew planets and stars onto the blue base, then quilt in circles/a spiral.    Pinned for Kidfolio, the parenting mobile app that makes sharing a snap.:

Outer space quilt by c_nilsen, via Flickr:

convergence quilts:

Deep Space Baby Quilt  | The Land of Nod | "Pluto (not a planet, but still our friend)":

Similar, but not quite it.  less "stars", more planets, less noticeable background (maybe embroider some stars with shimmery silver thread?):

paper pieced quilt patterns | Handicrafty Sisters: Outer Space Quilt:

Space Quilt, Baby Boy, Blast Off, Outer space Spaceship, Rocket Planets Moon, Crib Bedding, Nursery Decor, Blue Red Orange, Astronaut Space Quilt Baby Boy Blast Off Outer space by SunnysideDesigns2:

Have a wonderful week, everyone!

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October 14, 2016
Society of Women Engineers head toWE16 #swe #womenengineers #philly #we16 #swe from TwynMawrMom

I received a package from the Society of Women Engineers a few weeks ago that I wanted to share with you! I recently had the pleasure of hosting some young women who have just started their college journeys at Villanova University and it got me thinking. One of the six of them was pursuing engineering and she was the most confident in her career path and chances of success. All of us agreed!


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