Starry Night

April 5, 2010

From the first time I saw SternLab’s use of embroidery with LED lights I was in love. And almost immediately I knew how I wanted to use them.

The Starry Night (Unlit)

Thus, my version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night was born.

Close Up of Quilt

The finished quilt is 17 inches x 22 inches. It’s made from a variety of free cut batik applique. I free motion quilted with black, blue, white, and two shades of yellow thread.

Close Up of Stars and Stitching

The three LEDs, conductive thread, battery, and battery holder were from two LED sewing kits by SternLab
and sold at Maker Shed.

From start to finish this art quilt took me two months, but most of the time was spent first with procrastination and later with searching for yellow LED lights.

Here it is all lit up:

The Starry Night With LEDs



  1. Wow, this is really awesome 🙂 You should take a video of it and put it up on youtube so people can see the true effect of the LED lighting. Is this more of a wall hanging or a bedspread?

    • Thanks Kristine! That’s a really great idea about a video, too – I will definitely have to do that.

      It’s wall hanging size, but I would love to do a bigger bedspread version in the future 🙂

  2. Omg Julie! it is gorgeous! you should send this in to be published/pictured or something. thanks for send this my way!


  3. Julie — WOW! I had no idea something like that was even possible. Amazing. I’m floored.

    Adding you to my google reader!

    • Thanks, Meghan! I’m all giddy sitting at my desk here… thinking about our Bee 🙂

  4. Wow! That’s absolutely amazing! So jealous of your sewing skills x

  5. That is seriously beautiful!

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