"I have loved early airplanes from a design standpoint as well as for their emotional and romantic images. They were a natural subject for a quilt. Continuing the exploration of time and space began in my sunflower quilt July. I set about to create with fabric a sense of air and the weight of air that holds up airplanes. The smaller planes are set within an atmosphere of time, yet are all part of the same space.

I began quilting in 1989, when I wanted make a bed quilt. With no tradition of quilting in my family or no friends who quilted, I took many classes my first two years. For several years I was very active in the quiltmaking, but in recent years it has played a secondary role to other interest. I hope that as the first male winner of the AQS Best of Show Award, it will encourage other men to enter the quilt world.”

-Jonathan Shannon


  • Title: Air Show
  • Creator: Jonathan Shannon
  • Date Created: 1992
  • Physical Location: Collection of The National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky, USA
  • Location Created: Phoenix, Arizona
  • Physical Dimensions: 81" x 81"
  • Subject Keywords: quilt, biplane
  • External Link: The National Quilt Museum
  • Medium: Fabric
  • Techniques Used: Machine pieced, hand appliquéd, couched, hand quilted
  • Materials Used: Cottons
  • Awards Received: One of the 100 Best Quilts of the 20th Century
  • Accession Number: 1996.01.01

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