White ash trees have straight trunks and dense crowns of foliage, with distinctive diamond-shaped bark.
The book’s image1 of White Ash cells showed an interesting variety of contrasting cell shapes.
The quilt started with a length of plain white cotton cloth. The background and leaves were painted.
The silhouette of the trunk and branches were drawn with fabric pastels. This cloth was centered over a
larger batting and backing, creating an open border. I free-motion stitched the microscopic details with
various threads. In the border, the characteristic bark is painted in acrylic to achieve a hard texture.
Finally, a binding was added around the outer edge.
This quilt is in the District of Columbia’s “HeART of DC” collection, at the John Wilson Building (City Hall).