In late April, I learned that one of my friends was pregnant. About a microsecond after she told me, my brain was already thinking about the baby quilt I would be making. I reached out to several of her other friends, and in the end 7 of us collaborated to make this special quilt. Today, I am really excited to get to share Flight Path with you.
One of the first things that really helped was that my friend’s sister was able to share a color palette with the group.
I took the color palette and made a series of different designs and colorways for the friends to look over.
I think we were all drawn to the dark Flight Path design pretty much immediately. One friend, who worked for many years as a nanny, really liked the Xs and Os design because it was square. She had experience swaddling young babies and experienced frustration with using rectangular blankets, so with a slight tweak, the 42 x 42 inch Flight Path design was created.
The next task was to pick out the fabric for the quilt. Getting 7 ladies together at the same time can be a challenge, and in the end, 4 of us were able to meet for a girls luncheon and then go fabric shopping.
I brought a fat quarter of Cloud9 Cirrus Solid in Shadow and suggested we use it as the background gray for the quilt. It has such a delightful soft hand. The other ladies helped pick out just the right grouping of fabric; it was a much faster selection process than any of us had anticipated.
The quilt top itself came together very quickly, and then it was time to think about how to quilt it. I suggested an all over design of either loops or rounded boxy meander. Once again I was go grateful to have this group of friends providing input.
I’m completely torn. I love the swirls with the bike backing fabric but like the structured box pattern for the top. I’m leaning more towards swirls because a structured path makes me feel like everything needs to be in its spot and that’s just not how life is. (Or I may be reading way too much into quilting patterns.)
And so Flight Path, the quilting motif was created. Which is hopefully a good mix of both motifs showing that even the best laid plans can get spun for a loop on occasion, but that even footing can be found on the other side.
I chose to use 50wt Aurifil 1148 (Light Jade) for the quilting. The color blends nicely into the backing fabric and adds a pop of color when you look closely at the quilt top. It was also the perfect thread color to use for the machine binding.
You might be wondering about the name of the quilt a bit. These friends are all part of the aviation community, and when I doodled up this design, I thought the large pieced shapes look a lot like the B2 airplane. At the baby shower this past weekend, when the quilt was shown I was gratified to hear someone in the room say, “Hey, those are B2s!”
I pieced in a label on the back and noted all the wonderful women who contributed to help make this quilt.
I also could not resist getting a photograph of the quilt on the local play structure; the cartoon airplane was definitely icing on the cake.
When I say that I am passionate about my local and online communities, I really mean it. The experience of working with my friends to create this quilt was wonderful, and I know this baby is already loved very much.