Quilt No 55
The central hot-air balloon in this quilt was scaled up from a picture in a small calendar. The colours were so vibrant that I thought it would be fun to recreate them in a quilt. I designed several smaller balloons to go with it. Composing them in a suitably random and realistic manner was extremely challenging. I struggled so much with this project that I wanted to name the quilt A Nemesis of Balloons, but that proved to be an unpopular choice, and so it became Flight of Fancy.
The large balloon is done in appliqué which became increasingly difficult as the coloured strips near the balloon's edge became narrower and narrower. The other balloons were made of tiny pieces fused onto white cotton and then appliquéd onto the quilt.