Thursday, August 21, 2008

theme day: wing

I made this quilt a few years ago for my friend j's daughter who was starting college far from home. a few years before this I made a wall hanging for j to celebrate her 50th birthday. j thought it would be nice if her daughter had a quilted wall hanging also to commemorate this rite of passage - leaving home and starting college. my friend is a wonderful parent and when she asked me to make a quilt for her daughter the first thing that came to mind is that saying about good parents give their children both roots and wings....

I thought wings and birds in flight was fittingly symbolic. I designed a quilt with 4 birds flying off in what I thought were the cardinal directions and the triangle border is the tradition flying geese pattern. the center is bordered with a fabric of more winged creatures - butterflies!

3 comments:

jude said...

nice symbolism here, i like the center bird motif.

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries said...

How very pretty! Do you sell your patterns? This would be a great one to offer to the public! Have a great weekend, blessings, Kathleen

jenclair said...

Have always loved the simplicity of "roots and wings" -- encompasses so much. Your quilt is lovely and will be treasured for its beauty and the occasion.