Sunset at Sea

This quilt is the final quilt (#19) in my Stories from the South Atlantic Ocean quilt collection. I have so enjoyed generating so many quilts that share some of the history of scientific ocean drilling, the history of the South Atlantic Transect, and our work and life at sea. Some of the quilts used traditional quilting patterns, some were made as data visualizations, and some, such as this final one, are “gamified” and have a puzzle for viewers to solve.

…And this is all I’ll provide as a description for the quilt! There is a coded message in the center of the quilt waiting to be solved (click here for a hint). Here is a direct link to the image if it helps to download and zoom in to explore across the quilt.

Quilt measures 44 inches tall by 38 inches wide and was completed on September 22, 2023. 

A quilt that pays tribute to the amazing sunsets during expeditions at sea.... and to JOIDES Resolution being sunsetted.

The blue and red colors in the center section of the quilt represent the two colors found on the hull of JOIDES Resolution. These fabrics are also a Da Gama Textile (Three Cats Shweshwe) manufactured in South Africa, where the ship departed from/returned to for my time at sea during Expedition 390. The top ship graphic is a design created by one of my co-chief scientists, Rosalind (Roz) Coggon and is available on as JOIDES Resolution Sunset on the South Atlantic Transect. The background fabric is Laurel Burch Basics Dark Purple Wave Metallic Fabric. Longarm quilting services were provided by The Old Country Store Fabrics in Intercourse, PA.

Slideshow of images showing close-ups of the quilt, including the gold-thread stitching used. The dark blue sky fabric is the back of the quilt.