Tips & Tricks Tuesdays: Inspiration is all around us.9:00:00 PM
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For this week's tip, I thought I'd do something a little more abstract.
I had the opportunity to visit the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Illinois this weekend, and I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was like a kid in a candy store, walking around for hours staring at displays, the quilt exhibits, playing with the long-arms (which, I'm surprised to say - I'm actually pretty good at...) and of course, I picked up a few cool nick-knacks and some moda stacks. Fun.
The whole time I was walking around, I was always thinking: what would I do differently? what spin could I put on this pattern?
And then it got me to thinking: inspiration for our next projects is all around us. We just have to 'look' at what we're 'seeing' in a less literal way.
I composed a collage below of things I've looked at in the past when designing a quilt - because we all know, a great quilt isn't just about great fabric - it's about great composition, too.
|1. Branding: A plethora of Target brand "Up & Up" arrows forming a collage; 2. Architecture: Beautiful church with a gorgeous backdrop; 3. Seasons: holidays, etc. 4. Food: bowl of Fruit Loops; 5. Furniture: Beautiful antique silk headboard; 6. Cityscapes: Chicago in the winter; 7. Color: the color wheel; 8. Shapes: bottles of Method brand handsoap; 9. Fashion: the 2013 fashion industries projected color palettes; 10. Art: Andy Warhol's Flowers; 11. Fashion: Ralph Lauren's Spring 2013 runway; 12. Branding: CVS's gift card logos; |
13. Nature: a field of sunflowers
So: where do you find inspiration for your quilts?
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