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San Francisco MOMA (Part 1)

I had a 12 hour layover recently in San Francisco, on my way to New Zealand. I decided that I would go into town and visit the MOMA museum. It has always been one of my favorite places to go in San Francisco and it was amazing. I was so inspired.

I thought I would share with you all some of my favorites over the next two posts (breaking it up due to the number of photos). Let’s just start with the architecture of the actual museum. I love the atrium of the museum.

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The art, especially the Fisher Collection works are amazing. I saw great pieces I knew from Ellsworth Kelly, Donald Judd, Josef Albers and Frank Stella but also was introduced to some new artists like Gerhard Ritcher and Sol LeWitt. Here’s part one:

Gerhard Richter (256 Fabern)
Gerhard Richter (Fenster)
Chuck Close (Phyllis)
Carl Andre (Western Red Cedar)
Frank Stella (Charlotte Tokayer)
Frank Stella (Zambezi)
Donald Judd (untitled)
Donald Judd (To Susan Buckwalter)

The Typeface Interface exhibit was amazing!! Unfortunately everything was encased in glass which gave off a reflection in all the photos.img_7087 mosaic571254126de155289c8a3b5a14dd5b85dedcdf02

Tomorrow, I will post some more of my favorites including the Ellsworth Kelly pieces. Ah-Ma-Zing could not believe these pieces could be even better in person!!


Design Inspiration – Where do you find it (Part 1)?

OK, so maybe it should be where do I find it ;-)…

I have always drawn from an early age (at least since 5 years old), continued to do art through high school, then focused on chalk pastel drawings while studying for my BSc and MSc as a hobby. I have, however, never really studied art or artists.

Recently, I have been inspired in my design work by Abstract and Modern Art artists. I actually started researching artists and I have a few favorites that has definitely been influencing my current designs.

When I am learning about the artist and their styles, I try a couple of quilt designs that are similar, by looking at a few common pieces with a similar theme, look at each once and then try it on my own. Now, the simplicity and the geometric nature of the abstract and modern art period, shows through my own designs – some work, some don’t….but its all about trial and error and working out what is “me”.

Here are some of my favorite artists, and the books I have purchased or the links to sources.

Josef Albers
(Source: Interaction of Color – Book purchased from Amazon.com)

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Luis Sacilotto
(Source of paintings: http://www.wikiart.org/en/luis-sacilotto/)

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Harvey Quaytman
(Source: Harvey Quaytman – Book purchased from Amazon)

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Frederick Hammersley
(Source: Frederick Hammersley – Book Purchased from Amazon)

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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.
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.

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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.

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).

Zakka Inspiration + Book Review Giveaway Winner

So, last week’s book review was Zakka Style. I decided to show you some of the Zakka-like projects that has inspired me. Here we go:

iPad Cover
Source: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/current-top-five-favorite-kindle-cases-171635

Source: http://www.noodle-head.com/2013/05/super-tote-super-hearts.html

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Source: http://sotakhandmade.blogspot.com/2014/01/boxy-pouch.html

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lrstitched/7343264882/in/pool-590152@N25/

Pencil Case
Source: http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2007/9/8/arriving-at-purl-any-minute-now-last-minute-patchwork-quilte.html

Source: http://www.canadianliving.com/blogs/crafts/2010/01/04/giveaway-35/

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Source: http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/9c/66/68/9c6668d8a06191b876bacd1d3e5f5493.jpg

Now, the winner of Zakka Style is:

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#17 is Debra Kay Neiman. Congratulations, Debra I will send you an email to get your details.

Next week, Sarah @ Sarah Quilts will be hosting Book Review Tuesday, in which she will share a Sarah Fielke book.

New star block design

I have been playing around in threadbias again today. Growing up in New Zealand gave me an amazing chance to be exposed to a lot of Pacific arts. One of my favorite arts are Tapa Cloths. Here is an example of what a Tapa Cloth is. Can’t you see a quilt design in there 🙂ed875c35d028d0c57343d0792073a8c4

Tapa Cloths use a lot of basic shapes such as triangles, circles and squares. Here is my new design inspired by this art form. This view is using some Lotta Jansdotter print to highlight the simple shapes.


What about how it would look as a monochromatic block (1 color)….

Tapa Cloths art form fills “in between” shapes with stripes and other fillers. For example, see above, the flying geese have all those stripes in the “in between” spaces. So, I took the same monochrome view of the star block and added some stripes to get this……

I am thinking of making these into paper piecing patterns. What do you think…paper piecing pattern or just a block pattern?

Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.
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Clashy Bright Mosaic Entries

Rachel over at Stitched in Color is running another mosaic competition in conjunction with Marmalade Fabrics. I so enjoyed the last one, as I am always seeing colors combinations I can translate into fabric selections. This time since the goal is to look at bright, high volume colors, and she has some great photos for inspiration in her post.

This is my first entry:


which is based on this amazing photo of flowers in the Netherlands (I am thinking tulips). The vibrancy has been one of my favorites for a while now and I am thinking that this would be a great striped quilt.


The second entry is inspired by a bright tiled wall of randomly placed tiles. I decided that I really liked the idea of an entry with pre-dominant solids which are the bright tiles and then the lower volume, less bright tiles being of prints.

The tiled wall of inspiration:


Both of these photos, I found via pinterest and are on my design board. I hope you all will go over and take a stab at creating your own mosaic…have fun!!

After a little more playing around, my ultimate solid collection, I would probably chose, to represent the tiled wall is:


New York Part 2: Quilting Inspiration

While in New York, we took some time just to look around the city. Isn’t it amazing when you take some time out, just the places you find, that are inspiring. Here are a few photo’s of things which may land up in some way, shape or form in my quilting projects in future.

  1. Bluish Mod-Style Window facade of the building in middle of the photo. I can already see a great pieced quilt design in this building, the blocks all made of squares, rectangles and framed; each block being of a different size:IMG_7519
  2. This building struck me with shape and the vivid white-black-blue coloring. Once reviewing the photo, I also loved the addition of the orange and red that were captured in the overall photo.IMG_7520
  3. The windows of this building amazed me…I loved the composition of a quartered circle within a square within a square.
  4. The stain glass dome in the roof here, could be the next FMQ pattern I could use for a large hexagon pieced project.
  5. I love the design/composition of this pop art piece. Look at the vibrancy of those primary colors, blue, red, yellow, with the white and black. There is a splash of green which works out perfectly. IMG_7485
  6. I see two things I really like in this photo….the obvious one are the irregular shapes and colors used in this outdoor art piece. Secondly, look at the windows in the background…are those log cabin blocks I see?
  7. Lastly, I was super impressed with the walls and walls of M&M’s. The photos were made at night, which is not the best, but hopefully you can still get the idea of a cool striped quilt or blocks out of these:

Linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced WiP Wednesday (after all design is part of the work in progress right ? )

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