Fly-Over Country by HawkFan

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Status:
Complete
Started:
2015-01-27T00:00:00Z
Finished:
2015-02-02T00:00:00Z
Tutorial:
None

Description

This is the March wallhanging for my daughter. I'm making one a month for her to put up in her dorm room. We are from Iowa and I tried my hand at improv piecing something that's supposed to look like farmland from the air.

Iowa is also known for wind energy (not just corn) - we are in the top three states for wind energy production with California and Texas. There are several wind farms in the state and she and I think they are beautiful. Thus, this mini was born.

I've got the perfect corn fabric for the back of this - it is Iowa after all :smile: :wink:

January 29, 2015 - finished quilting. I used circles to represent the circles swept out by the turbine blades (not crop circles LOL) and echoed them using even spacing to represent crop rows (still not crop circles :smile: ). I also quilted the outline of the state of Iowa and put a heart where her hometown is. 

February 2, 2015 - finished sewing the binding on. I auditioned a few fabrics but eventually went with the same fabric as the "roads" on the quilt - might as well stick to the theme, right?


Pictures

back of the mini-Iowa corn!
Wind turbine added
Pieced top without the wind turbines
Left and top right images are some of the inspiration I used

Loves

ShannonCrouse
BlueFigQuilts
True
ArloDeanQuilts
mainegal821
Carlottajean
threadovmetal
Readerowl
Clairealex

Comments

Mymble

Love this- so creative and the windmills ( are they called that?) are awesome !

Ibtreerock

:-) well, being from Cali, I immediately knew what these were! So great job!!

HawkFan

Thank you Mymble The modern ones are usually called wind turbines.

HawkFan

Ibtreerock glad to hear it! Hubby teaches a couple of wind energy classes and he approved too.

Mymble

HawkFan ah - yes- up to speed now- they are awesome!

Clairealex

Yes, it clearly looks like farmland from the air. And I love the wind turbines. I used to drive by several miles of them in Indiana in White County when I drove on I65. They are graceful and beautiful. And functional.

True

Love this and once again you are both so creative in your projects and also use so much symbolism of things that mean something to your daughter. Love watching these monthly projects!

HawkFan

Clairealex They are quite graceful

HawkFan

Carolmarie Thanks Carol. I downloaded a picture of a turbine, enlarged it and traced it. Then I decided it was lonely all by itself but I was too lazy to re-size and print more so I free-handed the others.

HawkFan

True Thanks Mary. I am happy when I can include some symbolism in the work and this was one of those times.

Florence

Great idea and nice work !
In France, the name of wind turbines is "éolienne" ( Eole is the Greek god of the wind) , it's less technical !

HawkFan

Florence Thank you Florence. That's a pretty name. I'll have to remember it!

Readerowl

I love it, It really 'works' to represent Iowa -love that you included your inspiration photos too.

HawkFan

Readerowl Thank you Karen. This was my first attempt at an original "art" quilt so I'm happy it worked

True

Just love the quilting and the heart❤️❤️❤️❤️

quiltengineer

Sooo nice... love the windmills and the farms... the concept of this quilt is so unique.

HawkFan

quiltengineer thanks! I'm excited to see what she thinks of it but I have to wait til March 1

ArloDeanQuilts

This is excatly what Iowa looked like when I was there, very green!

quiltengineer

I am sure your daughter will love it!

HawkFan

ArloDeanQuilts Good to hear it's representative of what I was going for!

Quilterinmotion

HawkFan , this is beautiful. I love that you created this all yourself! The wind turbines (that's what the call the ones in Maine near's cousin Nina's) are fabulous! What a fantastic job you did!

Nina

I was very surprised to see wind turbines in your quilt with the circles making it look like wind. Our town was split when a company wanted to place 22 on our mountain tops. But, they did put them up. I love this quilt!

Terryt1955

You are so clever! I too recognized the turbines immediately since I drive through miles of them on the way to our cabin. Sadly most of them are not turned on.

HawkFan

Thank you Nina - I know there are mixed feelings about them

HawkFan

Terryt1955 Thanks Terry. I've seen some of the wind farms in California and they look a bit different from the ones out here. Ours are much more spread out since land isn't as expensive here.

HawkFan

Quilterinmotion Thank you Marsha. I'm glad I was able to translate what was in my head to fabric.

HawkFan

Carolmarie Thanks Carol cyclone

Terryt1955

My earlier post from the other day didn't stick. Is it my iPad or the site? Anyway, as soon as I saw this it reminded me of the turbines on my way up to the cabin. Miles and miles of them but sadly a lot of them are turned off. Investment scam?
But your mini is no scam. Very nice!!!!

HawkFan

Thanks Terryt1955 I'm not sure but the issue with the turbines out there may be maintenance. I've read that many of them in CA aren't in use because they haven't been properly maintained. It's a shame because they can produce quite a bit of energy. Iowa gets about 30% of our power from wind.

Terryt1955

Well I can believe the part about maintenance. As I drive by there are a number of the propeller mechanisms just lying on the ground looking very abandoned. It's kind of creepy. Like a turbine graveyard!

HawkFan

Terryt1955 good description. I'll email you hubby's ideas of why they're not operating

Terryt1955

Thanks!

ShannonCrouse

Love this! As a fellow Iowan, I really enjoy the name!

HawkFan

ShannonCrouse Thanks Shannon. Had to make a positive out of a negative phrase smile

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