This one is for my cousin Tracy, the rancher from New Mexico.
Allow me to introduce you...
This picture has a story....
Tracy was at a rodeo where some Western clothing company was snagging "authentic cowgirls" and asking them to model their clothes for some photos. Tracy said yes...but first they had to iron the shirt and jeans or she wasn't putting them on. Then they asked her to smile, and she said she doesn't do smiles in photos. So then they asked her to look mean, and she said, "Oh I can do that!"
The thing about Tracy is that she the funniest, most giving, warm hearted, and talented gal I know. I just would never mess with her!
She is the one who got me started quilting in the early 1970's. She's good at everything she does, especially artistically, and was a professional illustrator for many years.
Now she concentrates on creating pine needle baskets using traditional Native American techniques.
Please note the rattlesnake rattles sewn around the rim of the large basket in the center!
This one has an arrowhead, applique, and beading...
They are sold in galleries in Jackson Hole and other fancy places. She told me she's just glad they "go away"...her zeal is in the making of them. I own one and it is a prize possession.
So I made Mz. Tracy a fan for Christmas.
I really enjoyed this one the most of the three, I must admit.
The Christmas tree just "happened". First I chainstitched over the black "branches", then the sequins came out. And you know how sequins are...they like to travel in large groups!
The little bead on top is from RibbonSmyth many years ago. I'd been saving it for just the right place, and the top of Tracy's tree is definitely it!
I'm going to visit her in March and just can't wait.
And now it really is back to the Cottage CQ....