2158 - Mindful Moodling, VI (Red Sky at Night) ($50.00)

2158 - Mindful Moodling, VI (Red Sky at Night)  ($50.00)
Julie Sefton
Memphis, TN   USA

Width: 11.5"   Length: 8.5"

Materials/Techniques: Another in my evolving series of moodling projects. Please see Priority Quilts 1164, 1189, 1351, 1427, and 1823 for more on the evolution of my technique and how I came to name it.

Artist's Statement: Growing up on a lake with a father who loved ice and sail boats and a grandfather who made sails for local yacht club members, I heard the rhyme “Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning” more times than I can count. It seems the origins can be traced to Matthew 16:2-3 in the Bible: “He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, it will be found weather today: for the sky is red and lowering...” William Shakespeare said something similar in his play “Venus and Adonis” when he wrote: “Like a red morn that ever yet betokened, wreck to the seamen, tempest to the field, sorrow to the shepherd, woe unto the birds, gusts and foul flaws to herdsmen and to herds.” But there’s also a scientific explanation having to do with the rays of sunlight being split into colors of the spectrum as they bounce off the water vapor and particles in the atmosphere... red sky at night means the sun is sending light through a high concentration of dust particles indicating high pressure and stable air coming in from the west (good weather to follow) while red sky at morning means the sunrise is reflecting off a system that has just passed from the west and indicates a storm system is approaching from the east with high water content in the air (rain is on the way).

Sigh... it was more fun to simply chant the rhyme over and over when we were skipping rope!

Julie Sefton

Dedication: For my mom, who first taught me this rhyme and how to observe the wonders of nature.

This quilt is displayed with a picture frame hook.

This quilt earned $50.00 for the AAQI.