While sorting through scraps of fabric I found a piece that spoke to me as a mysterious sky. I quickly cut out a tree shape from red fabric. That sparked my imagination and led me down a path inspired by the famous tone poem by Modest Mussorgsky,  Night on Bald Mountain

Bald Mountain 01
I didn't get a photo of the very start, but here is what the quilt looked like after a few hours of playing.

Bald Mountain 02
The tree needed to come to life so a face was added.

Bald Mountain 03
The music is complex and I felt the quilt wasn't fully telling the story so I continued to improvise and add more - working upon the framework and themes already established.

Bald Mountain 04
Another full day of playing around has the quilt in this current stage. I'm not really sure why this has turned into a fantasy cartoon. I've got a few ideas of what will happen next so there's still more to come. Stay tuned.


#6 adele hetzel 2011-09-30 13:50
I love this , I even feel it when I recall the music''a night on bald mountain'' Bartok, Bela.
I am blown away by the new quilts I have just discovered after quilting at home for 40 odd years.
#5 Liz Mesec 2011-09-09 09:36
Love the music, love the quilt. Reminds me of Dark of the Moon, a play I was in in college.
#4 Pat Daniels 2011-02-21 11:54
Wow! What happens when you listen to Mahler? I love how you mix your audio art with your visual art.
#3 Linda Froggie Quilte 2011-01-27 14:12
Wow, your mind really is going wacky. This reminds me of Paul James, the Gardener Guy, he is from OK like me! He has a show on HGTV,and is wacky. Doesnt quilt, though. Just gardens. I think at this point, I like the mountain and the sun the best.
~Hopppy quilting~
#2 Lynnita Knoch 2010-11-23 17:03
Night on Bald Mountain is one of my favorite compositions!! The quilt you're doing inspired by this piece is awesome!
#1 Susan @ Raisin Toast 2010-11-08 03:28
Beautiful Ricky! I love your quilts and creations!


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