A cousin of Mr. Pirate has a job with one of the hot air balloon companies that operate in the Napa Valley of California. Napa Valley is a premier wine grape growing area and hot air balloon companies have taken advantage of how picturesque it is.
I was in the middle of working on another hot air balloon and grapes quilt when Mr. Pirate asked if I would make such a thing for this cousin. I agreed and found this pattern, "Evening Flight" by Barbara Jones.
I must admit that because I am usually making and quilting LARGE quilts, I am continually surprised at how FAST small projects can be. Sometimes it just takes a while for reality to sink in. :-)
Evening Flight was a delightful project to do. Departing from my usual construction techniques, I fused the appliques and stitched a tight satin stitch over the raw edges. Quilting was minimal but appropriate. I even remembered to use one of my specialty templates to stitch a single rope cable in the border!
|Those pictures are just teasers! For all the gory details, links and more pictures, please visit my web page for the Evening Flight wall-hanging.|