XC Skier on Gunn Ranch Road
This landscape quilt was made from a picture of our son, Mark, skiing on Gunn Ranch Road in the beautiful Methow Valley of Washington State. It was my second landscape quilt and the first from a photo. I greatly enlarged the photo and then traced the basic fabric layout on tissue paper. I then made a second tracing to be cut up for fabric "templates". This was done with raw edge applique using Steam-a-Seam 2. The two largest trees were made with strips of fabric sewn on in groups from the tree bottom up...to make them loose, ie like branches. I did a lot of thread painting on this piece to represent late winter branches and twigs along the banks and hillsides; the groomed snow and tracks of the ski trail, and the rocks and boulders on the hillsides. This quilt received both a Blue Ribbon and a Grand Champion Ribbon at our 2011 Okanogan County Fair in the free-motion embroidery category.