When I did a little research on the origin of "go fly a kite," I was surprised to learn that it doesn't always have a strictly negative connotation. It may have also been a referral to Old Ben Franklin and his experimentations with a kite, lightning and electricity. The phrase could mean a way of telling someone to get a better idea. Or make a new discovery.
This piece, made back in l998 for my husband's elementary school classroom, was inspired by a pattern I saw in a Fons and Porter quilting magazine and a song my daughter learned as a little tyke, "Let's go fly a kite, up to the highest heights . . . " Anybody remember that one?
I machined quilted the background with wavy lines to try to create the movement of the wind. The size of this wall hanging is approximately 36" wide and 29" top to bottom.
My question now is are kites a thing of the past? Do kids still fly kites?
If you're interested in having your name put into the hat for the drawing to win this wall hanging, say so in the comments and tell is if you've ever flown a kite? If so, when was the last time? Was it a fun experience?
I'll close entries this coming Tuesday night (March 25th) and post the winner Wednesday morning.
Now go out there and fly a kite!