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    Need a bit of inspiration.

    I usually have someone in mind to make a quilt. I have a big family , so there are usually babes on the way, a wedding in the offing, etc. Just at the moment, I want to start a quilt with no one in mind. What are your inspirations for a quilt? Do you usually have someone in mind? Or just start?

    #2
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    Fabrics are usually my inspiration. And I make quilts with no one in mind just because I am inspired by fabrics. Oh, maybe someone will want a quilt for a baby or birthday, and I will sell one or two. They are definitely piling up here in my home!

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      #3
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      For me, it is typically either a particular pattern I have seen and want to try out, or something with open space where I want to try out some new FMQ designs or ruler work on. Lately, since I have returned to the workforce, it is the UFOs that need to be finished for others.

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        #4
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        For me, it is the tutorials that Jenny does. The Turnabout Granny Squares video just hooked me instantly. I put aside a project I was in the middle of, to make some Granny Squares. I made them with black as the solid color, and they are gorgeous. Then still inspired, I made a cream colored base color and used autumn colors, for the second batch of Granny Squares. So now I have those put aside for now, but still I am thinking I may like to make some more in another base color like red or burgundy. For inspiration I would suggest watching Jenny's tutorials with a giant cup of tea ( or coffee) . No one inspires me more than Jenny. If you have trouble sleeping I recommend some fons and porter stuff LOL

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          #5
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          I go back to my Pinterest boards. There is inevitably something I pinned years ago that I've forgotten about, lol

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            #6
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            I look through Block magazines, check out the folks I YouTube subscribe to, Jenny's tutorials. Or, if there's fabric that is just singing my name, I'll buy the precuts and work from there.
            Katrina


            “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”
            ― Maya Angelou

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              #7
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              My fall back is Pinterest. I have a board with 1200+ pins. When pinning, if I see something that I really REALLY like I double pin it, once on my quilts board and once on a board I named Next Project which I try to limit to only about 20 pins or it gets out of hand. Then I go thru the NP board about every 3 months and delete things but know it is still there somewhere on my quilts board.

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                #8
                Re: Need a bit of inspiration.

                am inspired by places been to before,
                sometimes its the fabric that decides,
                other times its techniques want to try,
                you tubes, blogs also help steer me in one direction or another.
                the worrying inspiration is actually dreaming about the next quilt project.
                the sewing room quilt was a pattern all about sewing, but had tried some blocks, printed a picture, that were unfinished non projects so decided to add in as they were different techniques, learning how to add sashing muddle x fiddle blocks which turned the small sewing room quilt into a large sampler quilt. loved it
                birthdays its normally about something the person likes.
                once had a pair of pj's have a pattern for a sewing bag, been able to recycle something can be a big motivation too.
                dont feel guilty for sewing for yourself.
                Have fun

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                  #9
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                  Usually I shop my stash, find a colorway I want to work, then look thru quilt pattern books til I find something that intrigues me that my colors and amounts might work, then I forget forward

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                    #10
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                    Mines fabric. I own lots of precuts, I shop those. I have a few I'm ready to use but promised myself I would finish a few first. Then I do a pattern I haven't done. I haven't done a Chevron yet or a flying geese quilt. I've done a fall dresden turkey but thing of a spring flowers and butterflies. Ooh the possibilities. Lol

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                      #11
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                      My earlier quilts had a person in mind, such as GKS, family & friends. Most of the time. I usually make my quilts with no one in mind. My fabric, patterns or tutorials inspire me, and perhaps the person and quilt are a match up perfectly. I am reluctant to sell them, but I do plan on giving them when the right moment arises.

                      Enjoy life and do what makes you happy. Everything else will follow.

                      Every day I try to do one thing that challenges my comfort zone.

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                        #12
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                        My first inspiration is usually fabric; i buy something that i really like. For example, i bought a Winnie the Pooh layer cake at least a couple of years ago because I love Winnie the Pooh. It sat until a couple of months ago when my cousin's daughter announced on Facebook she was expecting and her announcement had Winnie the Pooh on it. Then her aunt posted a picture frame for her first sonogram with Winnie on it. Of course the layer cake came out and now all i have to do is quilt her Winnie the Pooh baby quilt. I also had a jelly roll from a couple of years ago i bought because i really liked the colors. As soon as i saw Jenny's Granny Square quilt i knew i had the perfect fabric for that quilt and started sewing strips together. Now i am sewing the blocks together and i can't wait to see how it is going look once it is finished. My inspiration is definitely fabric and Jenny's tutorials
                        Donna

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                          #13
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                          When making new quilted items, especially for new members of the family, I tend to watch and see what they like, and what their favorite colors might be. With my sons wives, I came right out and asked. I have a DIL that doesn't like quilts at all.....and I wasn't offended by it, it was actually a good thing that I asked and she was honest with me!
                          If I were you, I would start out with a table runner or place mats for gifts. That way if you know that the person didn't care for quilted items, you aren't wasting your time to make a quilt for someone that won't appreciate it. I had the misfortune of making a quilt for a friend who always complimented the quilts I've made and one day, I dropped over to her home for a visit and found the quilt I'd made for her wadded up in the corner of the garage with the motorcycle PARKED on top of the quilt!!! I was just heartsick when I saw that.
                          Several months later after seeing that quilt wadded up like that under a motorcycle (of all things!) my cousin Cheryl called and said she was going to area garage sales and asked if I wanted to go with her. Of course, I never want to miss a good garage sale, so I told her to come and pick me up.
                          When she drove in the driveway, she got out of the car and in her arms was the quilt that I had made for that friend!!!! She purchased it a few days prior, took it home and washed it, and brought it to me. She told me that she liked it and didn't have to even turn it over to see that it was made by me,she remembered my making it.(I had put a tag on it for the person I made it for) She was shocked that she only paid $3 dollars for it!!! Because she "rescued " the quilt, I told her that if she wanted it, I knew it would go to a good home. She acted as though I had given her the world!!!!(and I had made a quilt for her 2-3 yrs prior to this) My cousin said that because she couldn't get all of the stains out, if I didn't mind she would put it in her car for when her family went to the beach, to the fireworks displays in town and of course all the sports games her kids/grandkids played......I was so happy that the quilt finally had home where I knew it was loved and cared for!!!

                          So, that kind of stopped me for giving quilts to people right away. I do ask questions (if they like quilts, etc.) and if I'm told they aren't into "handmade" items or quilts....well, that's all I need to hear. I have a couple of people that I have sewn things for them but they don't like quilts. They like the table runners/ tree skirts, pillowcases, etc. I have made...and that's great, I appreciate the honesty!!!

                          Giving some tote bags or table runners as a first gift might give you the feel for what the person likes that you are considering making something with your special talents!! Just remember that not everyone likes quilts or homemade items and you'll do just fine!
                          Last edited by redcaboose1717; July 16th, 2019, 11:40 AM.
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