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« on: July 23, 2009 10:03:54 PM »

Update! See mini-Science Quilt at the bottom of this post!

This is a brief recap of a project I just completed. If you’d like to read much more detail about the making process, and see lots more photos, you can go to my blog: http://beckyhaycox.com/hamblog/?p=1492!

Last year, while working (as a civilian) in a university Chemical Engineering Department, I would pass a poster every day in the hallway. On this poster was a chart. One day, I thought hey, this chart would make a nice quilt!

The chart was a part of a computation called “Capturing Phase Dynamics of Circadian Clocks.” I thought aha — the Circadian rhythm has to do with the wake/sleep cycle, and a quilt is something you wake/sleep under!

A mere year-plus later, and here it is, the Science Quilt!

The quilt pattern on top are EEG patterns of the brain during various levels of wake and sleep:

Here's the detail of the stitching:

Here’s the full story of the Science Quilt:

Update! I recreated this quilt on a re-proportioned and much smaller scale. There are two upcoming exhibits (that I'd like to enter the quilt into) that have a small maximum size, so I made it about 36"x39":


There were lots of unexpected challenges, recreating a quilt. Lots more sewing in a smaller surface area!

One of the exhibits I'm entering it into is an "Art+Science" exhibit, happening next summer. Wish me luck!
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2009 10:06:55 PM »

I would have loved having this in my dorm when I was studying science in college!  Thanks for sharing this!!
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2009 10:38:14 PM »

absolutely incredible. i'm flabbergasted
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2009 02:29:44 AM »

This is incredible! I was excited enough when I saw the chart turned quilt, but to include the stitching too?! Brilliant! I love it!

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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2009 08:55:40 AM »

its gorgeous and nerdy! i love it!!!!!!!!!!!!! so apropos!
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2009 09:10:27 AM »

I think it turned out great!
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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2009 10:22:27 AM »

omg .. you just gave me an idea!!!! a quilt of the computer defrag progress screen!!!!! oh i'd love for you to do it! i'm no good at quilting ... i make clay and wire robots lol
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2009 12:45:43 PM »

Very Cool!
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2009 01:04:45 PM »

Thanks for the input, everyone!

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« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2009 03:55:12 PM »

Oh, this is awesome! I love the inclusion of the EEG patterns! So weel thought out. And totally geektastic. I think I'm going to study ECG interpretation by quilting arrythmias from now on...

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