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EAA AirVenture Quilt Block Contest


2011 Quilt Block Contest Results


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First Place Winner
Name:  Vicky Murphy,  San Bruno, Ca
Title:  The $100 Hamburger

Story:   When we lived in Maryland, one of our favorite jaunts from Montgomery County Airpark (KGAI) was a $100 hamburger run to York Airport (KTHV).  Orville’s Diner (now known as Kitty Hawk) offered delicious hamburgers, as well as aviation themed art and model airplanes hung from the ceiling.  Afterward, we would roam the skies over Gettysburg and West Virginia before heading back to KGAI.



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Second Place Winner
Name:  Jeanie Eatherton,  Piedmont, SD
Title:  Clyde Cessna – 100 Years of Flight

Story:   Born in Iowa, Clyde Vernon Cessna began his interest in aviation in 1910 after watching an aerial exhibition in his home state of Kansas.  He moved to New York where he worked for a short time at the Queen Aeroplane Company where he first learned about the construction of aircraft.  In 1911 he built his first airplane, “Silverwing,” and taught himself to fly.  After 13 crashes, his 14th flight was successful in June 1911.  100 years ago in December 1911, Clyde Cessna made a 5-mile flight, successfully departing and returning to the point of departure.

Following WWI in 1925, their interest in private aviation led Clyde Cessna, Walter Beech and Lloyd Stearman to found the Travel Air Manufacturing Co. in Wichita, Kansas.  Even though he was president of this company, Cessna had his own design ideas.  He left the company two years later and on September 7, 1927 officially incorporated the Cessna Aircraft Corporation.  Joined in business by his son and followed by his nephews, the name Cessna became internationally recognized in the aviation world.

Is it any wonder that the Cessna 172 is considered the most popular small aviation aircraft of all time?  The high wing gives those of us who enjoy going along for the ride the best view of the beauty of the colors of the world below.  The high-winged Cessna makes it possible to fly-in, camp under the wing and show off that special quilt.



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Third Place Winner
Name:  Anke Gonnsen Olesen, Webster, WI
Title:  Rainbow

Story:   My airplane silhouettes are all Burt Rutan designs.  When I heard Burt was retiring this year and AirVenture 2011 would be doing a special tribute to him, I knew this was the route I had to go.  Beginning in the upper right hand corner is the Voyager.  I had to extend the wings beyond the block to give the airplane body any size.  The wings are extremely long.  Next, going in a clockwise direction, is the VariViggen, one of his earliest designs, followed by the Quickie.  Last but not least is the Long-EZ.  My husband and I got married in January of 1979.  We went to Oshkosh that summer.  We received our plans, #460, in January of 1980.  We painted rainbow stripes on our plane, hence the name “Rainbow.”  Rainbow made her first flight in September of 1983.  Our plane number became N420LZ.  We did a lot of flying in that airplane, including a trip to Mojave and the Rutan Aircraft Factory.  We saw a lot of the country and met some really nice people.  Our son was born in 1988.  He had his first flight in March of 1989 when we flew to Florida to visit my sister.  When he got a little older we added a third seat in front of mine.  We got a little cramped by the time he was 6 or 7.  We have many wonderful memories and still own the airplane.

The center of my block is my interpretation of what the radar images must have been like last summer when we were unable to fly to Oshkosh.  Even after we drove to the campsite we had to have a large truck haul in our camping supplies and for several days we had to park our car elsewhere.  Lake Winnebago is the only identifying landmark I used. I was quite impressed with the article in the March issue of “Sport Aviation” titled “How to Interpret Radar Images.”  The edges of the pages of that article had the Color Wheel on it!  How cool is that!  It just goes to show that flying and quilting go hand in hand.



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Fourth Place Winner
Name:  Lee Archer,  Albion, Victoria, Australia
Title:  “… Such Wonderful Sights We Saw”

Story:   Flying has become part of our lives in the past 10 years, and last year we were fortunate enough to be able to get away for a “big trip” – our own Aussie Air Adventure, and my inspiration for this challenge.

We flew 5,411 nautical miles over 485 flying hours and were away for 23 magical days.  We caught up with some old friends, and made a few new ones along the way.  Pilots do tend to be a friendly bunch!

Of course a round trip often has some detours (insert bad weather) and is rarely a perfect circle.  But as in daily life, it is these bumps that give the journey “texture.”  Flying around Australia has certainly added some texture and adventure to our lives.

From watching an amazing sunset over the red monolith that is Uluru, to walking among the crazy, but beautiful bottle trees, known as Boabs, to exploring the magical honeycomb domes of the Bungle Bungles, I can only begin to share some of the wonderful things we saw.



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Fifth Place Winner
Name:  Dorothy S. Pearson,  Villanova, PA
Title:  Come into my Web, Flyboy

Story:   My husband, John, started to learn to fly and soloed while in college.  Finances kept him from getting a license.  Fifty plus years later, while we were on vacation in Florida, we stopped in “Fantasy of Flight” in Polk City.  There was Rob Lock taking people up in a Stearman.  I talked John into taking a ride.  John went up twice and like the old “spider and the fly” this flyboy was caught in the web.  John is now working on his license at the age of 74.




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Sixth Place Winner
Name:  Julia Broomfield,  Elgin, IL
Title:  The Legendary Spitfire Passing By the White Cliffs of Dover

Story:   The Supermarine Spitfire was one of the most well known aircraft around the world.  In 1935 the Spitfire prototype was designed by a team under the direction of Reginald Mitchell.  The aircraft made its first flight on 5th March 1936 at the Eastleigh Airport in the south of England.  After subsequent testing the performance exceeded all specifications with top speed an indicated 430 mph in a dive.  This was a good indication of its potential performance.

The first production RAF Spitfire was in service in August 1939.  The high speed was the result of a superior elliptical wing design and in the production models became the main reason for defeating the enemy in the air war known as the “Battle of Britain” which started early in July and ended in October of 1940.

The military pilots were amazed by the performance and handling qualities.  More than 20,000 Spitfire’s of all types were produced before, during, and after World War II.

The chalk White Cliffs of Dover along the southeast coast of England were a very welcome sight to all returning airmen.



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Honorable Mention
Name:  Nita Markos,  Hillsboro, IL
Title:  A Good Omen

Story:   This quilt represents a magical event on the first day of our first overseas trip, my first plane ride.  The trip included thirteen different flights, from jets to two-propeller hoppers, which in Africa were called air-maybe.

The quilt includes self tinted fabric which is collaged and held down with tulle, before quilting.  Appliqué objects and wording complete my signature style.

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