Bad Moon Rising – 2016.01.31

As I in mentioned in my Goal Setting post at the beginning of January, I recently submitted art quilts to two juried shows, both of which had restrictions about publishing work prior to the decisions of the jurors.  The selected artists have now been announced for both shows, so I can now show my work.  Here’s information about one of them.  I’ll do a separate post about the other one.


My art quilt ‘Bad Moon Rising‘ was one of the selected entries for Fly Me to the Moon.  This project was conceived and organized by Susanne Jones to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Man’s Walk on the Moon.  The collection of 178 quilts will travel for the next four years to a variety of venues.  Each quilt is 18 by 30 inches.

When I heard about this exhibition, I thought of a sketch I had made last spring (when I was exploring all the ways I could incorporate circles into art quilts).  I used photo-editing software to create a simplified image of the moon with dark, medium and light areas.  I constructed the moon first, using fused raw-edge applique.  Then I stitched the moon to the sky fabric.  I quilted the moon and the sky before adding the treeline.   My first quilting lines on the moon where too horizontal, so it was looking like a flat disc instead of a sphere.  I removed that quilting and used freezer paper strips as a guide for more contoured quilting lines.

sketch Bad Moon Rising  FP contour lines for moon  quilted contour lines

After the moon and sky were quilted, I fused on the treeline at the bottom, and then quilted that part.  Initially, I was going to use only the dark fabric for the trees, but I’m so glad I decided to add the lighter green outline – it sets off the orange moon so well!



My statement about Bad Moon RisingThe still, dark forest waits under the brooding purple sky. Slowly, silently, the swollen orange moon rises, casting a ghostly glow on the tips of the trees. The magic of the full moon transforms the night.



I’m really looking forward to seeing all the quilts in the collection, but so far I’ve only seen a few blog posts by other artists whose quilts have been accepted  Here are links to them:


Thanks for stopping by.  Today, I’m linking up with these blogs – click on the links below, where you’ll find many other creative and inspirational projects.

Creations by Nina-Marie    Confessions of a Fabric Addict



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7 Responses to Bad Moon Rising – 2016.01.31

  1. Thea says:

    Absolutely breathtaking.

  2. Susan says:

    Yours was actually my favorite. My middle-schooler is reading a book about a meteor hitting the moon and your piece is a perfect example of this fractured moon. Terrific piece!

  3. Kathy Linslla says:

    Awesome quilt, Terry. Congratulations on it being accepted!

  4. Carol Johnston says:

    Gorgeous piece, Terry! Like all your work!

  5. Christine says:

    Very beautiful !

  6. Great quilt and I love the process.

  7. Fabulous piece, Terry!

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