Finding quilt inspiration everywhere by Paul Leger May 17, 2016 written by Paul Leger May 17, 2016 644 A road sign, a backpack, a painting or a random idea are some of things that can be used to inspire a flood of creative juices for a quilter. It’s amazing what there is out there that can inspire the creation of a quilt. Just keep your eyes open and look. Many of us travel as tourists and see things both for their beauty and historical values. Many of us also travel back and forth to work. While stopped at a traffic light, look around you and see what might inspire you. It may be a building, a sign or even what a person is wearing. All of these could spark the creativity in you to come up with a great quilt idea. A few years ago, as I was waiting to do a right turn at a traffic light, I noticed a young child walking home from school. That child was wearing a backpack that caught my eye. I tried to retain some of the details in memory since I had no camera with me (this was before I owned a phone with a camera). As the days went my mind kept going back to that backpack and its simple design. I pulled out a few pieces of fabric to audition what I remembered. Photo of a tapestry while traveling in Cusco, Peru Liking what I saw in my color choices, I started working on a quilt. As in the photo of the sample block, my idea was to have 1% of the blocks containing a grey/white fabric, 10% with colors and the remaining 89% white. Remember, I was creating based on a memory so there was a lot of trying and playing. I called the resulting backpack-inspired quilt: “Frog in a Blender”. Naming credit goes to my friend, Steven Lennert of Happy Valley, Oregon. Frog in the blender quilt, inspired by a child’s back pack Another inspiration I had was while looking at the book Geometric Patterns & Borders, by David Wade (A non-quilting book). The possibilities I got looking at this book was nonstop. Book, Geometric Patterns & Borders, by David Wade (A non-quilting book) Using one of the graphic border’s I found in the book I created my “Around the Block” quilt. Around the Block quilt inspired by the book: Geometric Patterns & Borders, by David Wade (A non-quilting book) I love the idea that a non-quilt related photo or book or an inspiration seen while traveling can spark an original quilting creation. Using a photo or a memory is very acceptable, I often use both. I also love designing a quilt based only on a memory. This method forces me to focus and be more creative and really helps me translate a memory into a permanent and unique creation. In the end, it doesn’t matter what inspires you, be it the geometric shapes of a building, the colors of a painting, a class or even a pattern you find in your local quilt shop. Just keep your eye open and give your imagination and creativity free rein to play and make something that’s truly your own. Tomorrow’s blog will be about why it may be good to push ourselves the way we do. This is part 2 of 5 in this series. Go back to part 1: The Story of an Airman’s First Quilt [shareaholic app=”follow_buttons” id=”23735596″] Print this page or save as a PDF inspired by geometricsinspired by tapestryinspired to quiltquilt designquilt inspirationquiltingsewing FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Paul Leger I took my first quilting course in September 1994 in Barrie, Ontario, near the armed forces base where I was stationed. After moving to Ottawa in 1996, I joined my first guild. I took more courses and began to buy quilting books and lots of fabrics. Quilting has become my passion. I have made over 150 more quilts since then, and have never looked back. I now share my knowledge of quilting by teaching and doing presentations, and blogging! previous post The Story of an Airman’s First Quilt next post Quilting crisis or opportunity? YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... Stitch regulation on the PFAFF powerquilter 1600 Don’t miss it! Courtepointe Québec celebrates its quilting... Finishing a quilt block to size: Here’s what... Half filled bobbins and spools: what are they... Twin needles: the smart way to store them The hardest part about making a memory quilt:... How sock hangers ‘work’ in your quilting space Don’t throw away those leftover fabric binding strips The best way to organize your sewing machine... Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.