It’s my turn! When the road home was announced, I felt like I was really going out on a limb. After all, I’m not an experienced designer and I was swimming with some very experienced and talented fish!
When I think of my home here in Oregon, there’s one landscape feature that literally dwarfs the rest of the trees and landscape…Mt. Hood. Towering over 11,000 feet tall, Mt. Hood is a focal point in our skyline.
I wanted to capture the way Mt. Hood dominates the skyline with an almost perfectly triangular shape. Windsurfing was also born in Oregon in the view of Mt. Hood so I wanted to show a few little colorful sails on my Columbia River.
Trees of course, are a very Oregon thing and Canadian geese are both a common site and sometimes the cause of a traffic jam or two. One day, I was on the highway and traffic ahead of me came to a sudden stop. Nothing moved and there was no sign of an accident. As I craned my head around to see what was happening, I saw a stately flock of geese walking slowly across the road. To everyone’s credit, no one honked and we all waited patiently while the little flock safely crossed the highway before beginning our journey again.
So, for my row, I combined all of those elements and pieced my own Mt. Hood row where the mountain dominates the skyline and the geese fly and the windsurfers ride the wind and water of the Columbia Gorge.
My instructions are mostly in photos but feel free to let me know if you find a mistake or have a question. My row is 12″x 40″ finished but, if you want a shorter row, you could easily take some of the space out between the mountain and the geese to shorten it up a bit. I didn’t use a pure white for the mountain and, if you zoom in very close, you’ll see that the faces of forest creatures are peaking back out at you.
So, there it is, my stop on the road home. I hope you’ll like it and please be sure to stop over at Marian’s place at Seams to be Sew and enter the giveaway there. Marian’s done an amazing job at gathering prizes and we have some super generous sponsors! A little bird told me that Amy of Sew Incredibly Crazy has been hard at work, too. I haven’t given up hope of making a few of my fellow designer’s rows but everything has been pushed back while I work on the memorial signature quilt for our dear friend’s service this Sunday. I thought of quickly quilting this up but, honestly, I have my heart set on making a whole quilt with rows from the many talented designers who I’ve met On the Road Home.
You can download my pattern here mt-hoodinstructions
And please visit my co-rowers for today!
I’m going to keep this as a free pattern just to celebrate the fact that I managed to create a pattern! I may try to get it uploaded to Craftsy eventually and would love your feedback. Now, since your going to need to leave a comment to enter the rafflecopter maybe you could tell me about a landmark near you…what dominates your skyline? Or, what doesn’t? I’d love to know!
One lucky winner will win a Martelli cutting mat and cutter (something I could have used last weekend when I discovered that two of my rotary cutters had gotten wet and rusted, yes rusted…ever used your oven to rescue your cutter? That’s a story for another day!) You can enter for this awesome prize by clicking here.
There’s also an Anita Goodman Embroidery Design CD as a prize here.
Thank you for joining me on the Road Home today. And may your own road home be filled with joy and laughter and may your journey be smooth and your troubles few.