They have inspired me to make art over the years. I love to draw pine cones. At first they seem quite daunting, but when you stop to look carefully you can see the pattern that makes drawing them easier than you would think.
I have made several small quilted pieces with a fir cone motif. Here is one that was a going away gift for a friend. I hope it reminds her of Oregon and her Oregon friends.
My quilt for the Oregon SAQA show several years ago was a large Douglas Fir cone quilt. The Douglas Fir is Oregon's state tree.
I live in the woods these days, and our property is littered with cones of all sizes and shapes. I still find myself stopping to pick one up to carry to the studio, when I see one that looks "perfect'! They sit on the windowsill and make me smile.