This quilt shows giant tube worms at a hydrothermal vent. A mile or more beneath the ocean’s surface, in inky darkness and icy cold, jets of superheated water bubble up through Earth’s crust and support a rich variety of life that is unique in its reliance on a chemical source of energy, rather than sunlight. If life could find a way in such a place, perhaps life could find a way on cold dark planets, too.
The background was pieced using Gloria Loughman’s techniques; the vent worms are fusible appliqué that has been threadpainted.
2013, A Journey In Quilts, Cotton Patch Quilters Guild, Watkinsville, GA