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A few times in my life, I have had dreams that were completely integrated into my psyche.

Flying Solo was inspired by just such a dream which occurred at a challenging time in my life. (I’ve had lots of THOSE!)

In the dream, I was sitting at the knee of a rabbi who admonished me, "Remember, Beth Ann, you are flying solo." Hence, the airplanes and the person-block in this contemporary folk art quilt.

But as I worked on this piece, I was drawn to one of my favorite fabrics, the women. I was reminded of and encouraged by the remembrance of the strong women in my family who came before me. They carried on through their lives with grace and dignity and strength, seemingly firmly grounded in who they were.

I used to travel frequently in my work, flying across country often. The outer border, an African fabric, reminds me of the pattern of fields that were visible from the airplane window as we flew over the mid-West.

In this folk art quilt, if you fold down the quilt so the border of the women are behind, the points of the yellow stars come together and become whole. Allegorically, these women are “in the heavens” or somewhere still in the universe supporting and encouraging me; I am by flying solo, but I am not alone.

Flying Solo

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  • Dancing Spirit Quilts, tops, backing, and batting, and are 100% cotton.  Wash in warm water with a gentle detergent; they are dryer safe. Note: Quilts that are finished with or include a ragged edge may continue to "lint-out' during the next one or two washings, but will stabilize after that.

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