This is a little art quilt, about 12 by 16 inches, designed by me and finished in May 2014. I started with the pulsar waves, added the constellations, then the compass and the ship’s steering wheel and finished it off with a little bit of cast off ship’s net (made with ribbon lace).
I quilted the base with a very traditional cross hatch pattern, but used invisible thread as I just wanted the texture. This represent traditional women’s work. I wanted that to underlay the pulsar waves which were discovered by Jocelyn Bell Burnell. As this was a gift for a friend who likes sailing, I wanted to make a connection to navigation and the stars, so I added the constellations at the bottom, the compass at the top, and the ship’s steering wheel. The little bit of ribbon lace was a bit of whimsy to represent ship’s netting.