Wednesday, February 09, 2011

If you can't make it to a quilt show ...

...the next best thing might just be a computer museum!
This is not a quilt, it's part of an old-fashioned computer. (And isn't it odd to think of computers as being old fashioned?) Many of the computer parts on display were simply beautiful to look at.
And this is not skeins of thread -- it's bundles of wires!
This jacquard was not actually on display, there was just a photo of the textile, but it shows how the history of fabric and the history of computing are interwoven (if you'll pardon the pun). The sign on the poster reads, "A complex pattern woven by the loom needed tens of thousands of individually punched cards. But once made and debugged -- like a software program -- the cards could be used many times to create identical fabric."
 
I went to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, ten days ago when I was visiting my daughter. It's a fascinating tour through our computer past, with well written (and often funny) descriptions, and staff who wander through the rooms giving little presentations and answering questions.
And check out the interior doors -- their design could definitely could be translated to a quilt!

10 comments:

The Quilting Pirate said...

How neat and interesting!? See you can always find a way to put quilting into EVERYTHING you do! :) I bet this was a fascinating museum to visit!!

Sharon said...

Boy, I have some old computers in the closets that should be in this museum. I think we still have an old Vic 20 - our 1st computer. My son now has the Commodore 64, that still works! We've come a long ways in the last 20 years.

Speaking of computer parts, some people have made jewelry from some of the pretty bits. Fun stuff!

Thanks for the tour!

Clare said...

Great post! And oh that William Morris fabric!

It's amazing how computers have changed our lives. Who would have thought all those years ago that, thanks to them, we'd have quilting buddies worldwide.

ROZ said...

Right! Years ago, who would have guessed--

jillytacy said...

That's very cool! You take in the most interesting things. I enjoy seeing them through your eyes. Please keep sharing!

em's scrapbag said...

Who knew there was so many inspirational ideas for quilts from the parts of your computer. The screen inspires me often with fun blogs like yours but I never thought that the machine itself would inspire. Thanks for the fun tour.

Nifty Quilts said...

Ooh, that glass art is a real inspiration. Thanks!

Barb said...

You are so right, they could be translated to quilts...awesome view point!

YankeeQuilter said...

Punch cards...if I say one of my first summer jobs was verifying punch cards does it give away my age?!

Do love that glass...

AnnieO said...

How interesting! Of course you would see fiber and fabric through your quilter's eyes, LOL!