Introduction to Quilting Science Stories

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November 13, 2020 by Dr. G

Digital image stating quilting science stories

I originally created this quilt to represent the overarching theme of all my quilts, but then I updated it to this – same message, just a larger quilt that emphasizes the “quilt” piece to start. Enjoy the video below that provides an overview to my Quilting Science Stories!

To view all of my science-themed quilts, check out my #sciquilt tag. One subset of my quilts is part of my Stitching Hope for the Louisiana Coast collection.

The following description of the three panels is included in the video, but I also share the information here.

The first block is a pattern called White House Steps. The colors represent the blue and white colors that are the official colors in the White House logo. The crackled pattern on the fabric represents the pathway to speak to and connect with our leaders in the White House and Congress, both at the federal and state level – that pathway is not a smooth or easy one to navigate. The pattern for White House Steps came from “110 Quilted Potholders” by Linda Causee and Rita Weiss (Leisure Arts, 2013). The second panel represents various fields of science. The third panel is a shelf and stack of books to represent storytelling.

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Front view of Quilting Science Stories

The backing fabric is a collection of clock faces that represent time. It is time for scientists to find additional and effective ways to share science. It is time for more science stories to be told, and for more audiences to listen. It is time to learn and be informed, so that we can take action to address some of the great and pressing challenges we face on Planet Earth – challenges that can be solved by science and society.

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Back view of Quilting Science Stories

This is my story of quilting science stories – an opportunity to share science narratives in a unique and accessible format. My hope is that with simple designs and thoughtful fabric selection, quilts can provide a new medium to engage new and existing audiences in science learning and sharing. And I hope we do this in time…

The quilt measures 23 inches tall by 52 inches wide and was completed October 9, 2020.

[Again, to view all of my science-themed quilts, check out my #sciquilt tag and YouTube playlist]

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