Inspiration and where it comes from??

I was asked by my quilt guild, Triangle Modern Quilt Guild, to do a member spotlight last October/November??

That sent me in a little bit of a tail spin. I had been sewing and quilting for less than a year (~10-11 months). What was I going to show??? I really only had two completed quilts, and a few quilt tops. I really spent most of my first year, trying different techniques and making smaller items like pillows. Then it hit me, I really enjoy the inspiration/idea to design phase of quilting/projects,  why not do a little show and tell, and then finish it off with a presentation of how I come up with ideas.

It went so well, that I also wanted to share with you all (y’all for those in the US South :-)) and challenge y’all to publish a post, in the month of February, about something that has inspired you and how did that transition to a finish (could be a design option or color choices etc.). Let us know about your post in the comments below.

Tapa Cloths (Indigenous Artworks): These are pacific island designs, that I was first introduced to in my NZ high school art class. I have always loved the overall designs, the lines and shapes, and finally the limited stark color palatte. I used the star pattern in this Tapa Cloth, to design two paper pricing stars; a simple star and one with that incorporates the complexity of the lines.
1a4b0cbd08faa2a21caafb8670a6a894-1Tapa_Star_Striped
Obviously I am still finishing these stars but you can see how they capture the idea (I hope). They will be pillows when I finish.

Floor tiles (Magazines): I was so inspired by the black and white tiles, I found in this picture from Dwell Magazine. This is one of my paper piecing block designs that came from the tile highlighted by the blue box.
Tile_Inspiration  TealOrange_Royal_X_PlusBlock

Tiles (found on pinterest): I fell in love with this tiled bath, for the color combinations and the mix of pattern and solid tiles. I used the “border” of the blue tiles, the splash of yellow, splash of pink, and splash of prints to frame my Madrona Road Challenge Quilt last year.

Turkish_tiled_bath_inspiration  IMG_7339

Architectural Features: My inspiration for the quilt “Looking through the Shattered looking Glass” came actually from an idea about a looking glass (magnifying glass) which has been dropped/broken + the randomly placed/sized windows of this building (in New York).

ShatteredGlass_Inspiration  ThroughTheShatteredLookingGlass
Here is an example of how a block will come together. I am thinking that this will be my Stash Bee block next month.
ImprovBlock

Architectural Features: Obviously the sculpture in this picture would be fantastic as an appliqué quilt/cushion, right?? However, do you also see the windows of this apartment building…its kind of a log cabin-like look. Those windows translated for me into this block design.

Window_LogCabin_Inspiration  ModifiedLogCabin_Block

Furniture: This is my new favorite, the photo is of the cafeteria cushion covers at work. Can you see the repetitive design. Do you see how the color changes the look of the block. This block, I am pretty sure, I will use to make a quilt using Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander.

Cafeteria_Seat_cover_inspiration   SquareSofa_Block

Ok, so here were some of the things that inspire me and how they translate. Note, I use threadbias.com tool for designing (at the moment). What about you, will you do the challenge!!

Linking up with Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social (see button on the right).

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16 thoughts on “Inspiration and where it comes from??

  1. quiltykanuck

    Just beautiful! Like Lorna, I’m gonna start paying better attention to the world around me. I never would have guessed you’ve been quilting for only a little over a year, you are very talented!

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  2. Jayne

    Its crazy where we get out inspiration! I love it and as the years of quilting and design go on, I find I look at most anything with either a quilt in mind or quilting! I got my inspiration for a bookmark from a street light! Its out there if we let our minds take us there!!

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  3. Ashley

    love love love your inspiration quilt ideas – i just wish i could use threadbias. it NEVER ever ever makes sense to me when i try the tool. weirdest place i ever found inspiration – taco bell wallpaper. is that embarrassing? i hope not. quiero taco bell!

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  4. wendy

    so great to see where your inspiration comes from! it makes a real change from the usual answer of “nature”. I particularly love the rainbow quilt above, the round pieced section on white.

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