Ancients of the Deep:
Devonian Rain

Taxa shown: Eusthenopteron foordi
Time period: Late Devonian

Formation: Escuminac Formation
Location: Miguasha Quebec

Eusthenopteron is a Late Devonian sarcopterygian fish. First described in 1881 by J.F. Whiteaves.  Some 2000 specimens have been found from the Escuminac Formation.  Anatomically, these fish share many of the same characteristics with early tetrapods including skull anatomy, tooth structure, and internal nares.  The limb structure within the lobed fins resembles that of the leg structure of the earliest tetrapods, Ichthyostega and Acanthostega.  Ontogenetic work on these fish show they do not go through a metamorphosis the way the early tetrapods do.

Out of destruction comes a beautiful quilt:  The triangles were originally for a quilt that just wasn't working.  The diamonds were too busy for the rest of the quilt and the star blocks were not wanting to play nice. These border pieces sat in a box for at least a year.  I had reason to open the box  and I started to put pieces on the design wall; then I liked where this was going.  I then designed the applique to go around this beautiful center star I had.  I love the way the fish circle around the center block.  My long-arm had a bad motor control board when I was quilting this quilt.  I ended up quilting it on my domestic sewing machine with the walking foot.  Then, I added all of the hot fix crystals to the quilt.  That seemed to be slower and take more time than the quilting.

Displayed

  • Picturing the Past, New Mexico Museum of Natural History, Albuquerque NM. Oct. 4 2018-Jan 4, 2019

  • Threads of the Spirit 2, St Michael's and All Angles Episcopal Church, March 15-April 22, 2019

  • Earth Threads, Albuquerque Open Space Center May 17-July 27, 2019

  • Modern Threads Quilt Exhibit, Albuquerque NM, August 23-24, 2019

IMG_1727

IMG_1727

IMG_1714

IMG_1714

IMG_1728

IMG_1728

IMG_1742

IMG_1742

IMG_1743

IMG_1743

IMG_1752

IMG_1752

IMG_1754

IMG_1754

IMG_1753

IMG_1753

IMG_1763

IMG_1763

IMG_2804

IMG_2804

IMG_2762

IMG_2762

IMG_2763

IMG_2763

IMG_2909

IMG_2909

IMG_1837

IMG_1837

IMG_1764

IMG_1764

IMG_2793

IMG_2793

IMG_2798

IMG_2798

IMG_2748

IMG_2748

IMG_2842

IMG_2842

IMG_2841

IMG_2841

IMG_2847

IMG_2847

IMG_3061

IMG_3061

IMG_5045

IMG_5045

© 2019 Sally Williams and Paleofish Designs

  • Instagram - White Circle
  • w-facebook
  • Twitter Clean
IMG_1743