In June of 1997, after 28 years as a flight attendant for a major airline, I retired to pursue my career as a professional quilt artist. This quilt is part of what I call my "Retirement Series". Cleared to hold refers to the many, many hours I spent circling in various locations because of bad weather or traffic at our destination. Cleared to hold is one of the oxymorons of the airline industry. If you're cleared, why are you holding???????
The quilt has a full circle of “Flying Geese” triangles, in rainbow colors, pieced into a dye-painted background fabric. In the center of the circle is a single, appliqued, black bird. The successive orange, red, and blue borders are the colors of the stripes on the airplanes at the time I retired.
The quilting was done with heavy (#30) cotton top-stitching thread in rainbow hues.