Thursday, May 9, 2013

What Inspires YOU to Quilt? Pinterest? Shopping? Sketching?

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Hi Everyone!

I'm sitting here at my computer trying to get inspired to sew/quilt! And I started wondering, "what helps you to get inspired?"

1. Do you go to your Stash? I'll do this...because...whenever I organize my fabrics I get inspired to make something with them. I, sad to say, forget what I have in my cupboards! DO YOU? Going through the fabrics and organizing them by color and shade, reminds me what I have and I fall in love all over again!

This is how I store my fabric...I have so much more stuffed in here, now, it is hard to pull it out.

I WISH my cupboard still looked like this... easy to find fabric, it is completely FULL right now.
(shuushhhh, I have a few more cupboards full of more fabric!)

2. Do you go to the internet and search Pinterest? This "outlet" has been one of my favorite things to do lately! I have several boards that file-away my ideas, photos, patterns, tips, etc. on ALL topics QUILT!

This is a screen shot of my latest quilt pins! Four of them are FREE projects on my blog sidebar!


3. I also have many "art journals" which I keep anything that I have an interest in. Photos from magazines, ideas I think of and sketch out, photos I've taken, etc. I, often, find myself going through these journals to find inspiration for a project! I'm very often inspired!
This is a page from one of my art journals. I made sketches of aprons I wanted for my Sewing Vintage Aprons book! I actually only made one of these aprons in the book....I'm waiting to make the others for some patterns.
4. I also have several "file folders" on my computer desktop for images I find online, that I REALLY like. (sort of like Pinterest...I had mine before Pinterest came about.)

Folders are titled: 
1. Home Decor Ideas,
2. Yard Ideas,
3. Things I want to make
4. Quilt Blocks
5. Strip Quilt Blocks
and the list goes on....I guess Pinterest isn't enough for ME! haha

5. I also like to go SHOPPING! I bet you do too! I don't always go shopping to the fabric/quilt store, though. I'll find myself at Tuesday Morning, or Pottery Barn, William Sonoma, Furniture Stores, etc. All of these places have items that I may want to create, like place mats, table runners, aprons, pictures, etc. 

So, one day, I went to William Sonoma and found a tablecloth that I fell in LOVE with, went to the register and found out it was $79.00! (for a piece of fabric, nothing fancy) So, I put it back on the shelf and said...that is one of those things that I can make myself!

Here are a few pictures of things I thought I could make myself...who knows if it will EVER happen, but I do love looking at them...they inspire me!

This simple towel can either be embroidered, or painted with permanent paint or pen. 
I really like this tablecloth, so, I may eventually find some fabric like this to reproduce the look!

Where to you find your inspiration? 

I'd love to hear your comments!

Happy Quilting/Sewing!
Denise

37 comments :

  1. All of the above! But mostly I try not to "wait' for inspiration. I get into my studio and start working. I like to leave something unfinished so that the reentry (after days on vacation or work outside of the studio) is not so difficult. My Pinterest boards are really important and fun to use -- and I specifically set up boards for research on a particular project.

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    1. I like your idea to just get in there and work!

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  2. Hi, I am growing to like sketching because it is a helpfull way to see your layout of your next quilt/s. and you can plan this better once you see how it will take shape. Not so much about color its about layout/size then color fills in pretty quickly from there.
    It may never come to completion but the idea is written down or sketched and take form in any you like.
    Quilting Arts is one my biggest inspirations. but every day items too. rail tracks. oil spilled on the ground to the skies. wind whipping up the dust. well, I could go on. enjoy your take on quilting and spread your stitches for all to see.

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    1. I like sketching, too, as you can see in my art journal page, above. I can attest that a lot of my designs never make it to completion...I see it as an ongoing inspiration, that someday the idea will be used. Thanks so much for your comments!

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  3. New tools inspire me. I work so I look for things that will make my quilting easier or faster. I teach a group at the local library and remind them good tools are important to making quilting enjoyable!

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  4. I'm a real Pinterest addict! I get inspired to get out there and quilt when I see all of the things others are doing. It's as if I'm touched by a creative muse each time I scroll through Pinterest! I love it!

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  5. Kaye Wood---The need to develop a new technique to simplify the quilt making process. Everyone of my patterns is written because I have developed a new and easier technique of cutting, sewing or pressing. Matching seam lines, lots of time without pins, is one of my specialties. I am constantly amazed at how hard some quilters are working. Grandmother's Flower Garden comes to mind—the hexagons can so easily be strip cut and then machine pieced so that the inside points are always perfect.

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  6. Laurie--a trip to the fabric store is of great inspiration but I get most of my ideas and inspiration from magazines followed by quilt patterns. My stash is so large that at this point, I want to USE it and so looking at different patterns works for me. I also subscribe to several websites which come up with some lovely Block of the Month projects and have collected quite a few of those. Now to get them done!!

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  7. I am inspired to quilt by the many geometric designs. I am a retired math teacher and I really love using geometric shapes to create quilts.---Linda

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  8. I enjoy seeing the projects completed by other quilters. They have great ideas that I like adding to my list of 'to dos'. Of course my mags are always an inspiration!---Sandra

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  9. Any art work inspires me. Trying to 'duplicate' an abstract piece into fabric; creating an abstract quilt of my own creation--joy and torture all in one. Yes, fabric store visits are a part of the process, but also using what is on hand, including old clothing.---Priscilla

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  10. Fabric is what makes my heart sing. I see new fabric and then my mind starts racing with what I could do with it in terms of a new quilt design.---Diana

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  11. Thank you so much for all of your comments, I love hearing about about what makes you inspired to quilt!

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  12. I'm a total Flickr junkie. And pinterest, blogs, google image search, it goes on and on. I think I look at inspiration 80% and actually create 20% of the time!

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    1. I also love Flickr, I forget abt it sometimes...there is so much to look at on the Internet...who needs to leave their home anymore?

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  13. Ha! I do all of those! Sometimes I'll also step away entirely and do something different, usually something just for me, to inspire me to create something new for my shop.

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    1. Yes, going out on our own is good, especially after we've been inspired by other influences...gets my ideas flowing, sometimes I ant stop sketching.

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  14. Pinterest is my weakness and inspiration. I have soo many boards that are super unorganized...just like my craft room. :) I keep a binder with all of my sketches which only 10% of them get created.

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    1. I also love Pinterest! I'm finding that my boards also look like how I live at home...funny how we find out about ourselves that way. I'm glad you get at least 10% of your sketches created! That's pretty good, imagine what would happen if you didn't sketch! :O)

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  15. I love all the beautiful fabrics that are available. I do not quilt but I do make little things for my fur kids. I know, it's nothing as fabulous as you but for me, anything is a big deal for me! LOL! Thanks for sharing this wonderful article and pics.

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    1. Fabrics are very inspirational, even if you don't quilt. It's a great world, where we meet people and know that they will, for sure, be better at something than we are....makes the world go round! I love that! I'm sure you do something that I aspire to do! :O)

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  16. Books and magazines always inspire me, but lately, I've tried to find my inspiration on a more organic level. I am trying to find inspiration in my every day life-in nature, even the food I eat. You wouldn't believe the color combinations you can get off a plate of food!

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    1. That is very interesting to be inspired by organic things around us! I eat mostly Raw Foods, so, I can totally relate to the beautiful plate full of color! I'll look at it differently, now! thanks, Laura!

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  17. I do all of these and for some reason furniture catalogs- Pottery Barn, Ballard designs, etc all have great color combos and items that inspire! Great post!

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    1. Thanks Rita! I'm so glad that furniture companies send out catalogs...my home is an example of their efforts to draw in business! It draws me in! ....to create a home to enjoy! Thanks for your comment!

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  18. Oh I find inspiration almost everywhere...nature always...facebook a lot!!! I have so many I want to make this projects in my mind at all times. Now, I rally would love and apron!!!

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    1. I agree, we do have a lot of places that inspire us, sometimes I feel like I get an overload...and have to stop searching for a little while. I, too, love aprons! my latest books, "Sewing Vintage Aprons" is proof! :O)

      thanks for your comment, Rebecca.

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  19. Great ideas for inspiration Denise! I love your color coordinated fabrics. Unfortunately, I usually go shopping for inspiration ;) ;)

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  20. Great post and lots of good ideas shared. Inspiration comes to me from all kinds of places, I do like to curl up with a pile of magazines and flip through pages of color of themes that catch the eye.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Pearl! I agree, there are so many places to get inspiration...many times I get it while I exercise! (of all places, right?) Curling up on a rainy day and going through magazines, is the best!

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  21. I haven't sketched much, but I think I would like to start... usually when I'm really inspired, I think of something, and then that idea won't leave me alone until I do it. :)

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  22. WOW! What a lovely post! Great pics as well. You are so well organized! I enjoy reading about all your wonderful project. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. I get inspiration from anywhere and everywhere. I never know when something will just hit me. I do love pinterest though.

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  24. You are my inspiration to quilt Denise! If it weren't for you to coach me along, I probably would not quilt at all! Thanks for sharing your talent with me...I do love the fabrics too!! It's a family weakness!

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  25. I'm sharing this post with my wife... She loves to quilt. Or maybe, I shouldn't... She'll think about her stash and want lots more!

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  26. OK, just love your fabric stash. I haven't quilted in a while now, but looking at your fabrics makes me want to go touch some pretty fabrics. I do love interest and stopping by to visit some of my favorite artists for inspiration. I'll also try a new technique and find that always spurs some creative inspiration

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