Flight


 Pat Archibald

Gujarat: Kites and Coloured Strings

On the 14th of January every year the people of Gujarat in India celebrate the end of winter with a spectacular kite flying festival. The brightly coloured paper kites are tossed into the air and guided with equally brightly coloured strings. The strings are coated with a sugar paste to strengthen and sharpen them so that competing kite flyers can snap and cut their opponent’s strings.

Techniques used are my ‘Ghost Images’ technique, bondaweb appliqué and foundation piecing. Pure silk was used throughout and embroidered sari hems ‘upcycled’ for the sashing strips.

Gujarat: Kites and Coloured Strings


Alison Drayson

Monarch Migration [S]

This quilt celebrates the amazing migratory flights of Monarch Butterflies from their winter hibernation, clustered around trees in Mexico, to Canada and North America.

It was constructed using fused raw edge appliqué, and embellished and quilted by machine.

Monarch Migration [S]


Mary Ennis

Circling Swallows

The mesmerising strength and resilience of these little creatures captivates the imagination. They swoop and circle in a dizzying dance in the dome of the sky, only to alight and chatter like old wives on the nearest telegraph wires. Their astonishing migratory flights belie their size. They are truly little aerodynamic miracles.

In this piece I used hand dyed and commercial fabrics in cotton, silk, silk velvet, aided at times with bondaweb.

Circling Swallows


Jan Watson

Flight Compromised

Caged birds have their potential to fly compromised – even when the cages are open, they sit on top of them. The 2 large shapes represent Concorde – another compromised flight!

Cotton background with wrapping paper appliqué, machine appliqué and quilting, hand embellishment.

Flight Compromised


Joyce Watson

Flight of Fantasy

A fantasy look at the Church of the Spilled Blood in St Petersburg (with an added dash of Celtic).

Disperse dyed details with applied birds.

Flight of Fantasy


Margaret Morrow

Silver Feathers

When Barn Owls fly at dusk they can look like silver, and that was the inspiration for this quilt.

Black satin background, beaded feathers, machine quilting to represent more feathers, pre-programmed machine embroidery to represent birds flying.


Margaret O’Gorman

Playing with the Wind

Man’s efforts to fly go back at least as far as Icarus. The modern paraglider is colourful, fun, available to everyone and much more successful.

To keep the sky bright and shiny I gave it a background of dyed silk. The rest of the background and the sails are cotton, appliqued by machine.

Playing with the Wind