Quilt Inspiration…Where did you go?
I’ve hit a point where my quilt inspiration seems to have left the studio! Now before you panic I’m not talking about the inspiration I have when quilting a client’s quilts or my own for that matter. It’s a totally different thing. I’m talking about piecing a quilt top. I’ve made quite a few baby quilts including a few for our new grandson but piecing something for me? Nope. Inspiration used to sneak up on me when I’d least expect it but lately there’s been no such luck. I want to sew. No, I need to sew! Quilting is cheaper than a psychiatrist you know! Have you ever gone through phases like this? I know the desire is there somewhere. I’m going to search for sanity…I mean quilt inspiration! Care to join me?
What sparks your creativity when it comes to quilting?
Quilt inspiration? Is it in the obvious places; quilt patterns, books, quilt exhibit or maybe your LQS. Those sparks can also come in peculiar places; the flooring in a swanky hotel, architectural details, faraway places or landmarks, and occasionally out of the blue!
I also find inspiration while looking through my book and pattern library. I find it relaxing to sit back and look through each book. There’s a wide variety to choose from however, Kim Diehl, Jo Morton and Kathleen Tracy are capturing my attention now with their latest releases from Martingale Publishing which are available in your local shops. The only problem will be deciding which pattern! Maybe a quilters bucket list is in order?
Show and Tell often sparks my imagination and creativity as well. Whether it’s quilts the ladies share in my Saturday Sampler group, quilt photos from Facebook friends or entries from our local state fair. I love to see the colors other quilters put together and how a pattern can change by simply shifting where the light, medium or dark fabrics are in a block. It amazes me how each quilt can be so different.
Perhaps my favorite spark of creativity comes when a new baby is on the way. I start seeing baby everything, wherever I am! Grocery store, department store, post office, garage sale…. you get the drift. The quilt shop is no different. My Civil War radar is temporarily over shadowed by the bright and whimsical prints often used in baby quilts. As mentioned our family has welcomed a few new babies recently and each of their Momma’s had specific ideas of what they hoped their new little one’s quilt theme might be. Teenage Mutant Turtles and Finding Nemo in 2016? In case you were wondering Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came out in 1993 and Finding Nemo came out in 2003. Thankfully I found both and could make both a Newborn and Toddler size quilt as well as a few coordinating stuff sacks for the diaper bag.
Our newest grandson arrived in May and I had free range as long as they were Minkee backed. My daughter-in-love adores Minkee! LOL! I found an adorable pattern in Sweet and Simple Baby Quilts by Mary Hickey. My son, DIL and oldest grandson, Jacob loved them. I’m sure Jackson will love them to! Special thanks to Kim Diamond of Sweet Dreams Quilt Studio who made a custom quilting pattern similar to the one I used for Jacob. I love how it turned out!
Where do you find inspiration? What gets your creativity flowing? Is it the people in your life? The places you’ve lived or traveled to? Is it what you dream about? Maybe it’s the history of quilt making itself. The opportunities are endless. What one can find beauty and inspiration in another sees as an everyday part of life. Beauty is all around us, we just need to be looking for it!
News of another new baby just arrived and I’m off to sew. The theme is elephants with orange and green for the new baby and I think this will do nicely. Now to decide upon a pattern and get them done before the new little one arrives.