Thursday, April 12, 2012


Where does your inspiration come from from your quilts?  Mine comes from lots of places, usually old quilts, quilt shows or books.  But my latest little quilt has come from my early fabric scraps-early as when I first started quilting in the early 1980’s and a book as well. 

scrap basket

I had planned this quilt for some time but this book I acquired called Simply Charming by Tara Lynn Darr provided the template for me to start this little gem.  This book is a little gem also with great, easy small quilts along with quotes appropriate combining life, family and quilting.

Simply Charming

I am calling this small quilt Very Important Prints or VIP’s.  This is a play on Cranston Print Works fabric called VIP which I have no idea what it stood for.  In my case there is a variety of prints, the majority VIP, but there is a good representation of other fabrics in this quilt as well.  There is Marcus, RJR, Springmaid, Concord, Fabric Traditions, Wamsutta and more.  These are fabrics I first acquired and were in probably my first 3 or 4 quilts.  It’s a scrap quilt which I also love.  I will always have this quilt to remind me of the fabrics that were available to me at the time I started quilting.


I just came back from a trip to see my folks.  I was there about a week and I brought back something that is giving me more inspiration-an aluminum plate.  This plate is 80 years old and when I saw it I instantly thought appliqué.  It is a plate that was made in college by a cousin of mine, but we always called her Aunt Margrette.  She was going to school to be a Home Economics teacher in the early 1930’s.  I really don’t know what technique was used to make this plate, but it is hand made.  It may have been etched or engraved or something else.  Do you see the 8-pointed star?

tulip plate

The plate measures 8” and there is a 1/4” band enclosing the tulips.  I really don’t if when I get around to doing this as a quilt if I would put that band on each block or not.  Right now I am thinking about a 4-block quilt as appliqué is not a technique I enjoy.

You can find inspiration for your quilts in just about anything.  You just need to keep an open mind.

Sew Having Fun,