NMQA members make 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Skirt
NMQA members pose with the 6 ft. tree skirt representing New Mexico which they designed, constructed, quilted, and bound in less than 6 weeks. In 2019, New Mexico's Carson National Forest was selected to provide 75 Christmas trees (and decorations and tree skirts!) for the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The NMQA tree skirt was for a special 15' tree -- the Secretary's Tree at the USDA/Forest Service.
Unfortunately, the tree skirt was not returned to NMQA.
Pictured above is the group that worked on the tree skirt. From left: Cynthia Knight, Lynda Visage, Deb Pena, Kathy McLaren (sitting), Marla Davis, Kris Lange (sitting), and JoAnne Fredrickson. Also working on the tree skirt, but not pictured, are: Brandi Perea and Lorraine Martinez.
Above, Deb Pena works on one of the appliqué balloons
Above, Kathy McLaren plans the construction of the center hole
Above, Marla Davis created the label for the back of the tree skirt
Left, Lorraine Martinez lays out the center stripes