“Altered Shapes” Exhibition
Painted Hills by Emilie Belak



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Painted Hills by Emilie Belak
26" x 34"   © 2004   

My quilting friends and I made a trip to an outdoor quilt show in Sisters, OR. Returning, we visited Painted Hills in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. We challenged ourselves to create a quilt in the colors of Painted Hills.

The Painted Hills are made of layers of daystones, ancient soils, and lake beds, started by volcanic actions over 30 million years ago. Close to 30 elements produce minerals of different colours – rust colored layers are rich in iron acid, yellows are a blend of iron and magnesium acids, black streaks are primarily colored by manganese acid.

The dense clay makes it difficult for most plants to take root. In the spring the crevasses and gullies of the red hills are filled with bright yellow blossoms of Chaenactis and Bee-Plant.

Cotton, silk; machine pieced, appliquéd, and quilted. The person is my friend, Karen.

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