7:00 AM 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.
1. Low frequency fluctuations known as the pogo effect, caused the rocket to bounce around for about 30 seconds.
2. Second stage initiated and 2 of 5 engines stopped. The remaining engines fired longer to compensate, it did not achieve desired elevation before stage 2 fell away.
3. S-IVB third stage had to burn longer, putting the spacecraft in an orbit of 178 by 367 km instead of a circular 160 km orbit.
4. Attempted maneuvers to stimulate translunar infection failed. Command and service modules were separated.
5. Onboard 70 mm camera operated by computer was a spectacular success. Photos taken changed mapping procedures.
6. Final test: replicate approach and reentry of future lunar flights, lack of fuel resulted in short, but successful 10 hour mission.
7:05 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).
Constructed for the Fly Me to the Moon competition, 2015.
Apollo 6, 2015, 18" x 30"
Shooting the Moon
"Shooting the Moon" is an idiom that Urban Dictionary suggests means “Attempting the near-impossible.”
When I thought of this phrase, the mental image of a hand throwing dice at the moon materialized instantly. In the next moment, I completed the target with a crescent moon as the center and a stone Moon Gate framing the moon and night sky.
Constructed for the Fly Me to the Moon competition, 2015.
Shooting the Moon, 2015, 18" x 30"
I added a “Wicked Twist” to classic tales involving wicked attitude.
The twister has moved across the Kansas countryside—but it picked up more than Dorothy’s house.
You will also find Snow White’s apple, the Queen of Heart’s crown, a spindle from Sleeping Beauty, cherries from Repunzel and Rumpelstiltskin, a gingerbread man from Hansel and Gretel, and the red rose that is involved in so many tales.
The irregular quilting lines in the twister reflect the irregularity of the twister and its motion.
Constructed for the Wicked Cherrywood Challenge, 2014.
Wicked Twist, 2014, 20" x 20"
Plunge to the depths, then float to the top.
Water was prompted by a challenge to create a quilt with a 1:5 proportion.
Combine that with a resolve to quilt with scrap fabrics the first four months of every year.
In a private collection.
Water, 2010, 9" x 45"
A Hint of Norway
My grandmother’s family came to this country from Norway in 1884; she was the 12th of 15 children. Linda Christianson Syverson was born and grew up on a farm in a Norwegian community in Northern Minnesota. She learned all of the proper skills for a young girl. Linda had 12 children and plied the needle and crochet hook to produce clothes and quilts for her family.
I grew up hearing stories of this grandmother, so upon discovery of the From the Mill challenge. My mind flew to the traditions that came from Norway and of Rosemaling.
Rosemaling is a folk art that is used to decorate homes and furniture in Norway. It is a painting technique, which employs a variety of brushes and fluid strokes, most frequently resulting in abstract representations of floral arrangements. This technique allowed people to bring the bright colors of the outdoors into their homes. I wanted to render a Rosemal design in fabric to honor my grandmother.
Linda Christianson Syverson was born an American, she worked very hard to care for her family. My father was her oldest child and he learned to speak English when he entered elementary school that was filled with cousins. Her life did not have time for rosemaling, but she taught her children to have a love for hand crafts of all sorts and she was always surrounded by a hint of Norway all of her life. Linda is one of the people who set my path in the direction of quilting and the other handiwork that I love.
“From the Mill Quilt Challenge” used fabrics in P & B Textiles From the Mills line of historically accurate reproductions based on the designs from the Textile Museum’s collection of historic mill sample books. The challenge and show were sponsored by Farifield, P & B Textiles, and Bernina.
A Hint of Norway, 2002, 36.75" x 36"
Memories of a Place in Time
The Century Of Progress fabrics tantalize my architectural bent and my love for Art Deco design. While looking for a design that would display these fabrics, I discovered the Century of Progress challenge. Within minutes, a preliminary sketch for “Memories of a Place in Time” was drawn.
An Art Deco attitude, fabric placement, and color create this dynamic design. The ‘flourishes’ are reminiscent of plasterwork I saw in the 1960s. The background is an adaptation of a French floor covering. The remaining elements are interpretations of Art Deco architectural design of the 1920s and 1930s. The jet buttons are from my button collection.
This quilt was awarded the Judge’s Choice Award and was displayed as a part of the Century of Progress Quilt Challenge Exhibit at the following venues:
Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA., July and August 2001
Pennsylvania National Quilt Exposition in Ft. Washington, PA., September 2001
Pacific International Quilt Exposition in Santa Clara, CA., October 2001
Exhibited at the Sandy Spring Museum in Sandy Spring, Maryland as part of an exhibit by the group “Cloth and Chocolate." October 5, 2003 through December 15, 2003
Toured with the Tactile Architecture 2004 exhibit
Exhibited at the International Quilt Festival in Houston November 2004
Exhibited at the International Quilt Festival-Spring in Chicago April 2005
Quilt’s image was used on the Application for the Tactile Architecture 2005