Saturday, September 4, 2010

Everyday Inspiration

I love books that show photos of the inspiration for a quilt.  Think Cherri House's City Quilts or many of Kaffe Fassett's books.  You know -- photos of stacks of wood or bricks, a tile floor, the tread of a tire....  Kaffe and Cherri have each made quilts with patterns and colors inspired by money.  Money.  The only inspiration I've received from money is to head to the fabric store!

And now, along comes my friend, Monica -- the Happy Zombie -- with inspiration from a lawn chair.  Brilliant!  The pattern is free over at the Moda Bake Shop, and you can actually make two at once! 

Hmmm.  Maybe lawn chairs are more inspiring than I thought.

And if you have a jelly roll or stack of fat quarters that you've been hoarding for the perfect project, how about joining me for Fat Quarterly's quilt-along.
I'm going to use my gorgeous Tula Pink Plume jelly roll.  How's this for inspiration?

Yesterday I had a lovely surprise in the mail box.  My angel clutch from the gathered clutch swap.  It was made for me by Sudi-Laura (flickr name: Isaacsmama; blog: The Adventures of a Fabric Junky).  Happy hedgies gathering apples and acorns in preparation of the Fall and inspiring me to smile.
Thank you so much, Sudi-Laura!

With wishes, true and kind, for a fun and inspiring weekend -- Joan


  1. I also love seeing people's inspiration for their creativity. It makes me start to see ordinary things in a new way, which is SO exciting!

    Love your new hedgie clutch!

  2. Funny video I loved it, that monica ia genious I tell ya. I just joined the quilt along to, my first one ever can you believe it!!! I am excited

    I miss you so super much I hope your well.

  3. I love those books too! I'm always looking for such fabulous scenes in my neighborhood, but they never seem as fabulous as those books. I loved that quilt inspired by lawn chairs - very cool pattern. Love your swap clutch! Such a great way to use those adorable hedgehogs.

  4. That is the cutest quilt pattern! And your swap clutch is very cute. I've gotta try some of that gathering...

    Happy weekend, Joan!

  5. I love the clutch you got, what cute fabric and thanks for the laugh, guys being funny, loved it. Have fun with the quiltalong.

  6. it's funny that u are posting on this subject...I have been doing a self growth challenge by looking for inspiration in the everyday things I see,,,,,the result, nothing!! i just don't seem to be able to do it, then I see a peice of fabric and my mind starts going wild. I'm not giving up though!! love your clutch...very adorable (so much so that I wouldn't be surprised if Molly snags it).

  7. i just tweeted that quilt tutorial link right before i landed here on your blog. :)

    love that video you added. too fun!

  8. Hi sweet Joan! Thank you for your kind words about my book, and that you mention my name in the same sentence at!

    take care,


  9. That lawn chair pattern is great. Thanks for the share... it's now in the list of Want-to-make-someday-quilts...

  10. Ha! I'm with you on the money thing - it always inspires me to BUY MORE FABRIC!

  11. Ahhh... money to shop, we all know that one!! But I just love the Lawn Chair Drill. Really made me chuckle! Thanks for the laugh!