My First Aviation Quilt

The question I was asked the most at the reception Thursday was “How on earth did you get started making these aviation themed quilts??”

I took my sons to the College Park Aviation Museum frequently when they were very young. It is an expansive, kid-friendly space perfect for getting out some pent-up energy on rainy days. While my boys were playing with the manipulatives in the hands-on room or building with legos in the middle of the exhibit floor, I could sneak in a mini photo session. I took many photos of the interesting textures and shapes at the museum. Most shots were close-ups of propellers and engines and little details on the plane bodies.

Fast forward many years. I took an online course with Katie Pasquini Masopust about color and composition. I needed some thematic inspiration and I went through all my old random photographs on my computer. I found the hundreds of snaps from the aviation museum and knew I’d found my muse.

First Propeller
12 x 16
cotton fabric, cotton and rayon thread, fabric paint
Machine sewn and quilted, hand printed fabric

This quilt is the first one I made in this series. It is an abstraction of a Curtiss Jenny propeller. I love the challenge of finding fabrics and embellishments to represent the wood grain and the metal hardware on airplanes.

The small circular shapes are hand-stamped with fabric paint using the head of a bolt I found in the hardware drawer, and one of my kids’ old toys that was shaped like a bolt.

I chose some marbled fabric for the propeller to give a wood-grain effect. I enjoyed quilting a wood grain pattern.

Stay tuned on the blog. I’ll be highlighting one of my aviation quilts each day for the month of April.

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