Finished Science Quilt: Corona

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. The corona is mostly visible during solar eclipses. Speaking of which, what are my American readers doing on August 21 of this year? If you’ve not made your plans to try and get to the path of totality that will cut across the entire United States from coast to coast, I strongly encourage you to do so! I’m told there is no substitute for being in the path of totality. We’ll be near Anderson, South Carolina, for 2 minutes 33 seconds of totality!

Corona | Flying Parrot Quilts

Anyway, back to the quilt: I used solids from my stash. To piece the HSTs from strips, I used Thangles so that the HSTs finished at 2″. The HSTs made up of two solids were pieced using the old-fashioned two-at-a-time method.

Making the Corona quilt | Flying Parrot QuiltsWhile going through my photos of making the quilt, I found this one of my sweet Pizzicato (whom we lost at the end of last year) playing with trimmings. It totally sums up how she used to help me quilt!

Making the Corona quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

Then there was a whole lot of design wall (okay, floor) rearranging to get the placement just right, and then a whole lot of strip sewing and matching up of points.

Making the Corona quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

Using my music stand for non-approved purposes.

After that, I had trouble figuring out how to quilt it, and the top sat around for a while. When I pulled it back out a few weeks ago, my husband actually had an idea that broke the quilter’s block: rays. I marked them with a blue wash-out marker on the quilt top before loading it on the longarm and using rulers along the marked lines.

Making the Corona quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

The in-between areas are quilted with a combination of fiery sorts of fills: swirls in between the curved lines, and then flames, petals, and McTavishing in alternating rays.

Corona | Flying Parrot Quilts

Corona | Flying Parrot Quilts

Some of these photos were taken at the Sapelo Island, Georgia ferry dock while waiting for people to come off the barrier island on the ferry and hand off some scientific samples to me. I’m pretty sure people thought I was weird for bringing a giant bag full of quilts to photograph, but haven’t we all gotten some weird looks with our quilts?

Corona | Flying Parrot Quilts

The quilt is backed and bound with yardage of the same Modern Backgrounds line. I love how well you can see the overall quilting design on the back.

Corona | Flying Parrot Quilts

Corona | Flying Parrot Quilts

Corona | Flying Parrot Quilts

Quilt Stats:
Size: 40″ x 52″
Fabric: Zen Chic Modern Backgrounds Ink & assorted solids (mostly Kona, leftover from a fat quarter bundle purchased for the Disintegrating Artichoke quilt)
Batting: Hobbs 80/20 cotton/poly blend
Thread: Aurifil 50-weight, 2606 & 2150
Quilting stitches: 160,293
Started October 2015; Finished April 2017

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11 Responses to Finished Science Quilt: Corona

  1. Brenda Hulsey says:

    I live about 30 minures from where the esclipe is at it’s peak!! Si I will be sitting at home in the dark! LOL!

  2. Alison says:

    This is SO GORGEOUS! I’m all the way up in MD so I won’t be able to participate in any eclipse fun, but I may have to make my own version of this quilt because it is just so fabulous!

  3. Kate says:

    Stunning! I love the way the quilting comes through on the back-adds drama & depth to the design. We’ll be in Charleston – can’t wait!

  4. Louise Clark says:

    The quilt is absolutely beautiful.

  5. Helen LeBrett says:

    What a gorgeous quilt!! Stunning!! I love that you used the blacks/greys which made the oranges pop!! This one certainly should go into a quilt show!! And I love your sweet little bird helping!! They certainly capture our hearts, don’t they!! Glad you have that picture to remember her by! Hugs, H

  6. Frances says:

    Magnificent quilt!! I love the last photo…..it looks so great against the building. It is also heartening to hear that you have mental blocks as well and that your husband can help to break them. Michael often does that for me!!!

  7. Ben says:

    Love the quilt! What a good idea to use Thangles with your jelly roll. We’re less than two hours from the path of the eclipse, but I don’t know if I’ll be free to get away that day.

  8. Kate says:

    Im across the pond so I won’t see the eclipse. I love your quilt it’s stunning, I really like the fabric you chose for the back too, perfect.

  9. Cat Crain says:

    This is just awe-inspiring! Really fantastic and thought out beautifully! Bravo!

  10. Kathleen says:

    Absolutely love this!!

  11. wendy says:

    wow, what a stunning quilt! I love the design and the quilting is beautiful. I love the way you can see the design on the back due to the coloured quilting

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