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An Idea Full of Air

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

I am working on another quilt for the elements theme. This one is air. I cut up some indigo shibori cotton to create an “airy” feeling. What I am actually wanting to do is simulate a thermal. I found this on Wikipedia:

Thermals are often indicated by the presence of visible cumulus clouds at the apex of the thermal. When a steady wind is present thermals and their respective cumulus clouds can align in rows oriented with wind direction, sometimes referred to as “cloud streets” by soaring and glider pilots. Cumulus clouds are formed by the rising air in a thermal as it ascends and cools, until the water vapor in the air begins to condense into visible droplets. The condensing water releases latent heat energy allowing the air to rise higher.

Thermals are one of the many sources of lift used by soaring birds and gliders to soar.

My plan is to “put a bird on it” – soaring of course. The work up there was just a quick and dirty cut and place. It needs some more work, but I like the idea.

I put away all the orange fabrics today and found several fabrics in the red/violet family.

Here are the oranges all together.

And here is today’s 3 x 3. I enjoy taking some time to do hand work.