Devil's Postpile Art Quilt

17 May 2009
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I was inspired to make this quilt by a beautiful rock formation, Devil's Postpile, near Mammoth Lakes, Calif.  I hand-dyed cotton muslin to create the columns, then used commercially dyed black on black fabric for the background.  Free motion quilting around the columns was fairly simple, but I wanted to use a shape on the border that represents the multi-sided shape that can be seen at the top of the rock formation, so I cut a template and used a silver quilter's pencil to trace the shapes before I stitched them.   

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okieLinda wrote
on 17 May 2009 12:47 PM

I had to go look up devil's postpile, looks like the Giants causeway  ,now I have two places I have to see in real life , thanks I loved the quilt how big is it ?  I love the color changes they really pop out and a good represtation from what you were looking at , wish I could see the quilting pattern too , Its got my vote :)

tiedyejudy wrote
on 17 May 2009 2:16 PM

Thanks for your kind words, Linda.  I just uploaded a different photo of the piece, hoping it would show off the quilting better... but it's still too dark.  I have the quilt on display in a local gallery thru June, then I will try to get a better closeup of the stitching.  The finished piece is 21 1/2" by 29 1/4".    Here is the photo I was using for inspiration:

I really wanted to add the trees on top, but when I got to that point I decided not to.  Maybe next time!

Barbm12 wrote
on 18 May 2009 3:09 PM

Nice color range and interpretation