Drawing Down Towards Climate Solutions

1

June 24, 2021 by Dr. G

In 2020, I shifted some of my science communication and outreach activities to the virtual world – and, to the front door of my house. As it was not possible to share my science quilt collection in-person, I began sewing mini quilts that would fit on the front door and added some supporting text taped to my storm door. This way, people walking by my house could see a piece of science art and learn something about solutions to global climate change. You see, I focused each mini quilt to the sectors of climate solutions defined by Project Drawdown.

I have included here images of each quilt. You can also view a 2-minute video with quick snapshots of the quilt, or view the 8-minute video at the end of this post with my full narration explaining each of the solution sectors in more detail and what the fabrics are showing.

  • Overview - Project Drawdown. Completed March 14, 2021, measures 18 inches across by 24 inches in height. Sashed half hexi pattern.
  • Source - Electricity Sector. Completed April 1, 2021, measures 17 inches across by 21 inches in height. Modified button up pattern.
  • Source - Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Sector. Completed April 11, 2021, measures 21 inches across by 22 inches in height. Brown Goose pattern.
  • Source - Industry Sector. Completed May 21, 2021, measures 27.5 inches by 27.5 inches. Based on Missouri Start Quilt Company’s Irish Change pattern.
  • Source - Transportation Sector. Completed May 23, 2021, measures 24.5 inches by 24.5 inches. Based on Missouri Star Quilt Company’s Snowball Star pattern.
  • Source - Buildings Sector. Completed June 3, 2021, measures 21.5 inches by 21.5 inches. Based on a failed Falling Triangles design from Missouri Star Quilt Company.
  • Sink - Land Sink Sector. Completed June 6, 2021, measures 30 inches by 30 inches. Based on Four Square from Missouri Star Quilt Company.
  • Sink - Coastal and Ocean Sink Sector. Completed June 1, 2021, measures 25 inches by 25 inches. Based on Tile Style from Missouri Star Quilt Company.
  • Sink - Engineered Sink Sector. Completed May 30, 2021, measures 33 inches tall by 18 inches across. Based loosely on Missouri Star Quilt Company’s Diamond Terrace pattern.
  • Society - Health and Education Sector. Completed June 12, 2021, measures 27 inches tall by 30 inches across. Based on attic windows pattern.

I also created a virtual gallery in Artsteps of all the mini Drawdown quilts – please take the virtual tour at https://bit.ly/drawingdowntour

Thank you to my neighbors and educators I’ve shared these quilts with for their enthusiastic reactions and responses to the quilts! Hopefully, each person leaves my front door with more of an awareness, appreciation, and an idea of actions they can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

One thought on “Drawing Down Towards Climate Solutions

  1. […] my Stiching Hope for the Louisiana Coast collection and generate a new collection of mini-quilts on Project Drawdown Solutions to Global Warming (the posts also have videos of the quilts). These quilts that have been a part of my community […]

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Categories

Follow me on Instagram

That’s a “W” for the Sixers today! Now if the other Philly team can get a “W” tomorrow…. Nice to see Franklin and Swoop supporting each other. We’re not called The City of Brotherly Love for nothin’!
Starting #SciArtFriday by cutting fabric for a new @joides_resolution #EXP390 quilt. I’ve never focused so much on cutting! The fabric is Three Cats/Da Gama Textiles that is made in South Africa & where I purchased it post-expedition. No room for errors - it’s a long way to get more! (unless @clairerouty wants to go with me to Cape Town again! 😂)
Dropped these winter hats off at the @psu_bw_socialimpact center today. So glad that my de-stressing #crocheting can provide some winter gear for campus students (but 7 hats made in the past month - eek! It’s been an interesting start to the semester….)
I like to celebrate the small victories… like sewing a zipper for the first time! I took a class today at #vikingsewinggallery and made a pillow with a hidden zipper. Oh, the future possibilities….
I'm excited to share the first quilt in my new mini quilt collection. It is a celebration of the Endangered Species Act, which turns 50 this year. I'll be restarting #FrontDoorScience this year to share a new quilt each month with those walking through the neighborhood. I'm starting with this one (& thanks to @legalquilts for picking up the center fabric for me while I was out to sea! It is serving as the inspiration for the collection.). To learn more about this quilt, click on link in bio.
%d bloggers like this: