Full Moon Falling by Polly M. Davis

Full Moon Falling

Polly M. Davis

Warrenton, Virginia, USA

Artist Statement

After deciding on a very serious, realistic quilt to portray Commander David R. Scott (also for this “Fly Me to the Moon” project), I wanted to go in a totally different direction for “Full Moon”.

I love the whimsical Art Deco of the 1920’s and 1930’s and loved collaborating with my (artist) husband rendering as we brainstormed this quilt’s appearance. I definitely wanted it to be fun and silly and am so thrilled with the way this turned out. As he started the initial drawing, we got sillier and sillier envisioning this little man’s surprise as the moon popped out of the telescope right at him. As imaginations get fed, on a daily basis, it’s fun to see what the end result may be.

As the moon got wackier and wackier, so did the night sky; perhaps we’re all on the dark side of this moon! The tower of chairs and tables and sundries that the little man – turned astronaut – climbed to get closer to his quarry, that ultimately collapses on him, was very challenging to depict. I actually found several aspects of this quilt to be challenging, which is always scary and fun at the same time.


Machine pieced; machine and hand applique; machine quilted.


Cotton fabric, beads.