Farewell to the Silver Bird
In June 1997, after 28 years as a flight attendant for United Airlines, Fallert-Gentry retired to pursue a career as a professional quilt artist. This quilt portrays her taking leave of the corporation to fly solo in her own career. The silver bird naturally depicts the airline. The globe represents the areas where she flew professionally from Alaska to Venezuela and from Montreal to Hawaii. The red, orange, and blue stripes in the border are the logo stripes found in every United airplane. The bird flying away is made from the spectral colors of light that Fallert-Gentry often uses in her quilts to represent life and energy. Hidden in the quilting in the right top and left borders are the words "so-long," "farewell," and "good-bye."