These past two weeks have put me in “hand-dyed Heaven”!!
One of my friends has a reputation for making marvelous hand-dyes!! Due to health reasons, she decided to get rid of most of her fabric and I was excited to be able to purchase the majority of her hand-dyes.
After I had washed and dried them, I started wondering exactly WHAT HAD I DONE…..
After several days of ironing and folding, I have three wonderful shelves full of special fabrics…..
I especially love the ones with these lines…..
There were several surprises mixed in and I can’t wait to figure out something special to use them for…..
These night skies are also intriguing!!!
I am so looking forward to using these in future projects!!!
Yesterday I spent some time looking thru photos from previous international trips, starting with a 2012 trip to Turkey. We had two weeks in the country, beginning with one week in the small city of Kars, located in the far eastern part of the country, not far from the Armenia border.
If you are interested in posts from the trip, start HERE. I will say that it was one of the sweetest trips that we have been on, and we have been on a few!!
Anyway, back to the inspiration…..
I took a photo of this road while walking around in the city…..
….ignore my foot!!
As I studied this photo I started playing with pen and paper, trying to get an idea of how I might turn it into a quilt.
This has potential but if I want to offset the “spools”, I will have to piece the strip between the rectangles and then attach them. That could get tricky!!
I played a bit more with the spool idea and came up with this thought…..
It might be fun to use stripe fabrics in each of the blocks…..
Anyway, for now this is just a thought to put back for a later time, but it was a fun exercise!!!
I often present a talk that discusses where we, as quilters, find inspiration. Personally, I LOVE finding things in the world that remind me or inspire me to make a quilt.
I love it even more when others send inspiration to me!!
My husband, Michael, just returned from two weeks in Namibia, located on the southwest coast of Africa.
While there he came across an abandoned village that had been inhabited by the Herero People. As he walked around the village, he found houses that were built from a mixture of clay and cow dung. That, in itself, was amazing, but the designs that were imprinted on the walls were the most fascinating thing of all…..
Can’t you just see lines of stitching in there?
Now I am thinking about making a top using squares and rectangles of a solid fabric and adding quilting lines going in different directions for each square!!
And look how the “stitching” lines are at angles rather than being vertical or horizontal……
TOO much inspiration!!!
I was interested in learning more about the Herero people and found out that they are a Bantu ethnic group and that traditionally, they are cattle herders. Cattle are so prominent that their traditional dress is worn with a headscarf that is tied to resemble the horns of a cow…..
Based on the number of pens that Michael saw…..
….this particular village once held many cattle, but the drought had taken away the grazing pastures, forcing them to move on.
So inspiration AND a history lesson….all in one post!!!
When we were visiting in Austin, Texas a while back, we had breakfast each morning at a local coffee shop. This design was found underneath one of the serving bars and immediately caught my interest…..
I love that the stripe quilt blocks lead into the neighboring block and I especially like the black/white coloring!!
Will I ever make a quilt like this??? Probably not, but it is still fun to find quilts where they are least expected!!!!
I was heading in to pick up Julio (my new Juki 2200QVP) and was dazzled by a flash of color in front of me. Thankfully, my phone was in its dashboard holder so it was easy to take this photo as I drove……
Closer inspection…..zooming in on the photo, not on the highway….. showed this…..
I’m still not sure what this is, but it gave me a quick “quilting break” in the middle of traffic and that is always a good thing!!!
Today’s inspiration comes from a trip to China back in 2011. We spent 5 weeks in the city of Kunming and I spent much of that time wandering around Green Lake, in the middle of the city.
One of my favorite things was to watch the various exercise classes that took place around the lake. In particular, these ladies (whom I have named the “Umbrella Dancers of Green Lake”) captured my eye…..
I have already started working up some of their poses for a possible project!!