Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

Here are a few quilts that caught my eye at the Sydney Quilt Show last week.  There were some stunning quilts at the show but overall, I was a bit underwhelmed.  Underwhelmed with the vendors also.  At first I thought it was me…that I have become a bit jaded to quilting but in talking with others, I wasn’t alone in my thoughts.

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Here is my friend Karen’s Batik HST quilt.  Four of us had the same fabric kit (from Karen’s stash) to work with.  We each chose a pattern out of the book Friendship Triangles by Edyta Sitar of Laundrybasket Quilts.  Love it!  You can see what I made with my kit HERE.


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And here are two quilts that are on her design wall.  The rail fence is from the same batiks – the last little 1″ cut remaining from when we put the kits together.

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This is her current leader/ender project.  Stunning in its simplicity.


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This picture turned out a bit fuzzy but you can get the drift.  I love this pattern also – called Granny squares.  I’ve thought about doing this in a paper pieced method but Karen assures me I can do it with the sewing machine.  At least by doing it on the machine – there is a chance I will someday finish it.  I have always envisioned it in Japanese taupes but my stash of those fabrics is getting low so I might need to rethink my plan.

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I tried to just re-blog this post from The Silly BooDilly but wasn’t able to so will just give you the link and send you on to it.  I find it thought-provoking.  It’s about creativity and inspiration and who did it first and who gets credit and copyright and all kinds of issues to ponder.

Do you know that there are actually fabric designers out there that say you can’t SELL any product you make using their fabrics?  (Oh for Pete’s sake…..give me a break here.  If I buy the fabric and if at some point in the future I want to sell whatever I’ve made with YOUR fabric, you think you can tell me I can’t?  Sorry.  I don’t think so, girlfriend!).  And pattern designers that try to copyright a traditional block?  Again…..chill.  Go ahead – copyright your directions, your illustrations – whatever.  I’m thinking you’re fighting a losing battle.

The designation Modern Quilter has been something I’ve pondered off and on over the last couple years.  Those of you that know me – know that as a general rule – I find the whole “modern quilter” business a bit silly.  I really and truly don’t get the designation.  Sometimes I wonder if it’s just part of the ‘oh I’m so special’ or ‘look at me’ or ‘preciousness’ philosophy that so many people find themselves (trapped?) in.

Having said that – it doesn’t matter to me what you call yourself  – whatever floats your boat.  I’m just going to go quilt and keep my nose out of it.  BUT – I stand by my opinion that there ultimately is nothing NEW under the sun.  Inspiration comes from everywhere and I’ve never seen a quilt that didn’t remind me of a quilt I’ve seen before SOMEWHERE.

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THIS quilt is what I’ve been studying lately.  I simply love it.  I’m working on sewing my Fabric Vomit crumbs into bigger pieces to then cut apart into smaller pieces to THEN sew back together into bigger pieces to do something based on this quilt.  And, I apologize, I don’t know who the quilter is.  I found the picture on one of my google image quilt show searches.  Apparently it was at a Japanese quilt show in 2012 but that is the most information I can find about it.  Isn’t it FABULOUS?  I love it.  (oh, I might have mentioned that already, huh?)

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Two new books:



Elizabeth Barton’s blog:  Art and Quilts, Cogitations thereon

An online workshop on art quilting with the author called Abstract Art for Quiltmakers that I’m taking starting May 2.

It seems so over my head but I’m going to dive in and see if I can swim.

I’m also heading to Canberra for the Creative Textile Show to check out this art quilt exhibit called Living Colour.  Check out some of these quilts – absolutely stunning.



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Last Import - 17 Last Import - 18

Clue one and two for the Celtic Solstice Mystery quilt have been received and processed.

I used the Tri-Rex tools for the first time on clue 1.  Snap.  A piece of cake to use.

Used a drawn line on the square for clue two – not quite so ‘snap snap’ as I was lazy and didn’t use the best tools.  Hint – get a mechanical pencil for drawing lines.  The very fine point will be helpful.  Also, turn the light on so you can see.  And, use a decent ruler.  Clue 2 turned out ok – but I could have done better.

I’m liking that my stacks of fabrics have been reduced substantially.

I also love seeing all the quilts that Bonnie stalkers have made and are making.  She’s got an amazing number of followers and check out her calendar.  She’ll be in Australia in 2016.  2016!  I can’t even figure out if I’m going to get groceries today or tomorrow.  🙂

Today is Friday (here in Australia).  Clue 3 will be out tomorrow.  I’m hoping to prep a new leader/ender project today or get some more of my current leader/ender prepped (the mini nine-patch) and get a back pieced for my string quilt.  I’d love to work on my Zen quilt too but have several errands to run so that may need to wait.

I also need to get thinking about my Bullseye quilt.  Mom and I have decided to play with this block and see what we come up with.  There are so many gorgeous bullseye quilts on Google Images but this is the one that really has me fascinated.  It’s from Fibercrush – which is a blog I have been following for awhile.


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