Sunday, November 30, 2008
The constellation Triangulum Where Stars Are Being Born
My quiltlet, Stellar, made for the challenge quilt on Around the World in 20 Quilts Blog Group was inspired by this information and photo found on line: Emission nebula NGC 604 lies in a spiral arm of galaxy M33, 2.7 million light-years away in the constellation Triangulum. This is a site where stars are being born. Though such nebulae are common in galaxies, this one is particularly large, nearly 1,500 light-years across. At the heart of NGC 604 are over 200 hot stars, much more massive than our Sun (15 to 60 solar masses). They heat the gaseous walls of the nebula making the gas fluoresce. Their light also highlights the nebula's three-dimensional shape, like a lantern in a cavern. The image was taken on January 17, 1995 with Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2. CREDIT: Hubble Space Telescope, photo PR96-27B SOURCE: http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/BROWSE/gallaxies_3.html COPYRIGHT: This photo is not copyright. How Close did I come to creating this constellation? I enjoyed making this small quiltlet using Angelina fibers which I hand felted using a four needle hand punch I bought last summer. This was my first time felting using it and the fibers. The black background fabric is fleece. I free motion top stitched and hand embroidered french knots. I sewed on tiny red beads and some larger circular flat beads that I picked up at the bead store for the adjoining stars. The binding is a black satin ribbon. It is within the challenge size of A4. Stellar by Lynn To see the other 19 entries go to my side bar My Other Blogs and then to Around the World in Twenty Quilts. You will be glad you did.