Supermassive Black Hole

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Music has played a major role in my life since I was a teenager.  Quite often it provides the escape, the focus and the peace of mind that can’t be found elsewhere.  I listen to and play both classical and modern music and I love them both.  After I made the classical Piano Trio music quilt, I just had to make a rock music quilt.  I made the instruments a while back but was waiting for the complementing quilting design to come to me.

 

I love Muse.  A week doesn’t go by where I don’t listen to a song by them.  I can’t believe that I didn’t think of this design sooner, even though the song Supermassive Black Hole has been blaring in my ears regularly.  Add that idea to my love of cosmology, and I couldn’t move away from the picture of a supermassive black hole with jets escaping from the middle quilted on my rock music piece.  I was giddy with excitement!

 

 

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This is how I quilt quite often.  Instead of transferring the design onto the quilt, I use sheets of tracing paper and quilt on them directly.  I draw the design on the computer and print it out on tracing paper.  I trim the sheets of tracing paper to 8″ x 11″ so I can feed them into my printer.  Since the design is printed in segments on each sheet,  I use tape to join the sheets to each other.

 

If I decide to draw the design by hand, then I tape the sheets to each other before drawing the design.  Finally, I baste the quilt along with the design paper on top.  I then quilt over the design lines.  Once I finish quilting, I tear the paper off.  I haven’t tried this process on a large quilt yet, but it works really well on mini quilts.

 

 

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Music Instruments patterns in my Shop

 

I used a very woody, low-volume setting for the Piano Trio.  I quilted a design based on an evenly-spaced, spiraling music stave.  This gives it a calm and harmonious feel, very much the way I see classical music.

 

 

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Music Instruments patterns in my Shop

 

I used spirals for the rock music quilt too, but they are a lot more chaotic.  I also used bright yellow and red thread to quilt it whereas I used low-tone ecru and brown on the Piano Trio.  This little quilt has very different kind of dynamics.  It’s colourful and moody.

 

I could never choose between classical and rock music.  I love them both and they each touch my soul in different ways.  That’s how I suppose they are reflected in these two music quilts.

 

 

-Soma

 

 

42 thoughts on “Supermassive Black Hole

  • silvana August 13, 2015 at 12:48

    I am speachless!!!!!!!!! This is stunning!!!!!

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  • Anja @ Anja Quilts May 31, 2015 at 16:48

    Wow…awesome quilts. Great ideas. Thanks for linking up with TGIFF.

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  • Sandra May 31, 2015 at 10:29

    I loved reading about your process. These are two beautiful complimentary quilts which particularly resonate with me. You see, I too, LOVE both classical and rock music. I could never choose between spending the afternoon at the symphony listening to a programme of Mozart (which I did a few weekends ago with my mum) or of spending the evening at a concert of Bob Seger’s in Detroit, his hometown, which I did, 2 years ago, with my husband. Music has been and still is, a huge part of my life; it’s wonderful to connect with someone who feels the same. :-) Thanks to Lara. beautiful job on these 2 quilts, and I like the quilting motifs choices, and thread colours, and reasons why you chose them.

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  • Margo May 30, 2015 at 21:27

    Thanks for your tip about using tracing paper an d printing on it! I’m going to try that! Love the little quilts! What a great thing for a music room!

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  • Katie V. May 30, 2015 at 18:24

    Those are amazing!!

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  • Beth T. May 29, 2015 at 22:42

    My partner is a music programmer and a musician. I am so glad to have discovered your blog and your craftsy shop, which is where I’m headed next! Thanks for the explanation of your quilting method, too.

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  • Annett May 29, 2015 at 15:32

    I absolutely love your quilts… love the music-themes on it. Great.

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  • Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty May 29, 2015 at 08:22

    Wow, this is fabulous! And thanks for sharing your tips for quilting your designs using tracing paper (or not)!

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  • jayne May 29, 2015 at 07:08

    Your talent is never ending! Beautiful work and the quilting is wonderful too! Love the technique and thank you for sharing that! Perfect!

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  • Lisa Marie May 28, 2015 at 15:36

    Wow, what gorgeous quilts!

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  • Maartje Quilt in Amsterdam May 28, 2015 at 14:42

    Amazing quilts and beautiful quilting!!! I love it. Thanks for sharing how you transfer the quilt pattern. Great idea!!
    Love from Amsterdam

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  • mokki May 28, 2015 at 03:58

    I think the quolting really suits this design. Its verydynamic and big which rock is too.

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  • Doris McCarty May 27, 2015 at 19:56

    Oh my goodness! Very creative,love it.

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  • Kathy e. May 27, 2015 at 19:03

    Your musical quilts are great and will look fabulous hung together on a wall. The quilting spirals give it vibration as if the instruments are playing a silent song. *Sent by Lara B. who loves your blog!

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  • stanleybeagle May 27, 2015 at 16:33

    So hypnotic!

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    1. stanleybeagle May 27, 2015 at 16:33

      in a good way!

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  • Sarah May 27, 2015 at 14:14

    These minis are perfect. Love them!

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  • MaryLou May 27, 2015 at 12:34

    I love how the different spiraling makes such a difference in the feel of each quilt. :)

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  • Katy M May 27, 2015 at 11:58

    Love this!

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  • Sarah J. May 27, 2015 at 11:30

    Love the quilt! I am eager to try your tip about printing on tracing paper- brilliant!

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  • Little Black Cat Quilting May 27, 2015 at 11:00

    I love the instruments and the quilting! I never thought about using that process to apply quilting designs to quilt without marking on it, I’ll have to remember that!

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  • Dena May 27, 2015 at 10:49

    Very fun and creative design. I assume the quilting is done free-motion and not with a walking foot. How short is your stitch length? Is the paper easy to tear away without pulling the stitching?

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  • Kaja May 27, 2015 at 10:18

    This is so clever – and I love the back story too. Your quilting works perfectly.

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  • carol n May 27, 2015 at 08:29

    Great Music Quilt!

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  • DeborahGun May 27, 2015 at 06:21

    Oh wow – these are just brilliant! I have so many music-loving friends, that one day I will have to make these too!

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  • Lynnwa May 26, 2015 at 17:09

    I love your musical hangings, they are gorgeous and your paper pieced patterns are just awesome. I am glad I found your site via BuzzinBumble

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  • Ruth May 26, 2015 at 09:43

    I love that idea with the tracing paper – would never have thought of that. Quilting is very effective and yoru mini looks gorgeous!

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  • LINDA May 26, 2015 at 09:21

    Hi, love your work in Art Quilts! Just so attractive! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Ilana May 26, 2015 at 07:27

    I love your quilts! The idea of quilting on top of tracing paper is brilliant. I’ll be trying that in the near future.

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  • Karen May 26, 2015 at 06:37

    that is a nice looking quilt

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  • Mary May 23, 2015 at 07:25

    The quliting is just perfect for the design and I loved reading how you use the tracing paper while quilting. I have a friend who uses the same technique in her art quilting. he musical pieces are so wonderful.

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  • Janine May 22, 2015 at 16:27

    Of all your blocks, I think the musical ones are my favourites. You somehow seem to capture the sound or maybe it’s the spirit of the instruments :)

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  • Dixie May 22, 2015 at 14:32

    Wonderful inspired designs, Soma.
    You definitely have the “muse” (s) with you. :)

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  • Cheryl May 22, 2015 at 12:48

    This is such an awesome quilt! Thank you so much for the tracing paper hint, that is such a great way of marking a quilt for quilting without actually drawing all over the quilt.

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  • Lesley Gilbert May 21, 2015 at 18:43

    Muse is my favourite band – I have all their albums – Hysteria is my all-time-favourite track – can’t wait for their new album DRONES to come out on June 8th :) and not forgetting …….I love your quilt :)

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  • Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts May 21, 2015 at 17:35

    These are both great quilts; the quilting designs are wonderful. Using the tracing paper is a very good idea, I might have to try that!

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  • Kathleen May 21, 2015 at 17:16

    Love this pair of quilts. And that’s a neat trick with the tracing paper.

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  • krislovesfabric May 21, 2015 at 15:56

    Really love the quilting, Soma…gorgeous :) Love your choice of binding too…nice!!! And now that song will not leave my head for the evening…good thing I like it too. I think my fave of theirs may be Save Me, Madness or Isolated System tho…

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  • Lara B. May 21, 2015 at 15:48

    Both of your music quilts are breathtaking Soma! And I am in awe of your ability to make paper piecing patterns! Love how you quited the classical and the rock quilts and how each is different, but harmonizes well with the other. I pinned both of them! Thank you for your tips on using tracing paper. I have been waiting to quilt an African Dance music score on a quilt and I just might try it this way – Mwah! (that’s a big kiss)

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  • susie May 21, 2015 at 11:39

    I love both of your music quilts! The quilting is perfect for both! You can feel the calmness in the classical trio and the high intensity and brightness in the rock trio! I really do enjoy seeing your designing process , too.
    What kind of tracing paper do you use?
    Susie

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  • Maggie May 21, 2015 at 11:10

    I adore Muse (that blog heading really grabbed my attention!) – and I love both quilts equally, but the Supermassive Black Hole quilting is just so perfect. That’s an interesting method too. I like the way the tracing paper mutes the quilt image. I can sometimes get lost and distracted by changes in colour in the quilt pattern and lose my way with the quilting. I must try this, thank you for sharing it.

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  • Susan May 21, 2015 at 09:28

    I bet I could quilt by machine doing it that way. I think the black hole design really sets off the rock quilt. Tell your muse to come visit me too ;-)

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