For a long time now, I have been wanting to make an airplane quilt. There are couple of reasons why, first and foremost my hubby flies as his hobby, I think they are pretty cool quilts, and they were popular in the WWII era. There is definitely history in these quilts.
My hubby has always been very supportive of my hobby and actually was the one who got me started, and guess what, I did the same for him... yes, I got him started flying years ago. It has it's advantages too... we can go places a lot faster than driving.
Today I made my test block. I always like making one block first to see how it is constructed and the if I like to color combos. As you can see this will be a red, white, and blue quilt. I used batiks
and Kaffe Fassett
fabrics from my shop
I began but cutting all the components. There were quite a few pieces, but I really do love the finished block. It is 12.5 inches.
I used this book, by Eleanor Burns. Eleanor Burns in my mind is a legend in the quilting world. My first quilt in 1992 was from one of her books. Clear and concise instructions are always present.
The book is fabulous and has many different blocks that were present in the 1940s.
This is the block.
Here it is paired with the Propeller block.
Here is an actual quilt from the 1940s made from this block. I like this version for its historical significance.
The above book is one that I own and also am lucky enough to know the author as she lives here in Connecticut. She does go around the country and lectures and does trunk shows. You can find her book on Amazon by clicking here
and you can go directly to her website by clicking here
Do you love historical quilts? Imagine that the quilts that we are creating today will be a part of history... that just really blows my mind. Make sure you have those labels on your quilts for good documentation!!
Oh yes, I had to throw in this photo of little Watson making himself right at home on my sewing chair. He is definitely becoming a fabric/quilt lover! I am teaching him well.
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Until Next Time...