Each day the weather isn’t utterly awful I try to take a walk. I live near the old Ohio and Erie Canal towpath, which has been turned into a biking/running/walking trail. For short stretches you can pretend to be in the country, but then urban life intrudes with trunk sewer and high voltage transmission lines and the glimpse of cars on a nearby road.
But I actually like the sights more this time of year as I can see the shapes of the trees and enjoy the different colors and textures of their bark.
These sights led me to piece “A Hazy Shade Of Winter” based on inspiration from Helen Howes.
Sun printed fabric, hand dyes, strips from the scrap bin, and small bits of yardage collected over ten years were combined to make stylized trees. Narrow red/orange strips were inserted to pay homage to the bittersweet, and charcoal/purple McKenna Ryan fabric separated the trees from the forest.
I’m mulling over a few quilting ideas – possibly an overall wood grain pattern or one or two large tree outlines with echo quilting or…