What inspires you to purchase fabric, use your scraps, dust off your sewing machine and begin creating? For me I love walking through a fabric store, seeing the new prints, lovely designs and the textures. I am also one to venture through my stash of fabric to see what I have in order to create. There are times I have the fabric yet still do not have the vision of what is to be created. Then there are times the light in my sewing room will burn late into the night.
In addition, since I am on a variety of mailing lists and participate on Pinterest from time to time, I find that the creativity of others and what is new on the market to be inspirational. Sometimes the newsletters come with free patterns to try, which sparks life into my creative side.
Lately, due to recent physical aches and surgeries I have had difficulty sitting for long periods of time without pain. But, that is life, sometimes we have bumps along the way that slow us down a little. Fortunately my creative side keeps thinking and I have patterns and plans organized so that I can move forward on my good days.
The other day, I was on the Landauer Publications facebook page sharing a FREE pattern for a simple quilt called Rings of Love The designer shares “Weddings and anniversaries are best remembered and commemorated in fabric! The rings of this traditional block represent the never-ending love of a newly-married or long-time-married couple. It’s truly an heirloom in the making” Jull Reber. You can find more of her quilts in her book “Quilting Among Friends”.
So, upon opening the page to share this block quilt, my thoughts began to think about the many weddings that are currently taking place and being planned. I have three daughters, one who is already married and two others that I expect to marry. For my oldest, I thought this might be a nice memory quilt using the colors from her wedding. Yet for my other daughters and friends, I began to think outside the box and consider the option of creating the quilt and having it at the reception of their wedding, or even at their showers? With it, I would provide fabric pens, allowing guests to write thoughts and well wishes to the couple.
I love scrap booking and browsing through photo albums, but as the quilt idea grew in my mind, I could envision the recipient reading these thoughts more frequently when used as a lap quilt or wall hanging. I of course envision the positive thoughts and sentiments to be an encouragement during the tough times but also a sense of love when cuddling under it’s warmth.
In addition, I would create using the colors of the wedding, although this particular color scheme would be perfect for that Nautical couple. And, there are never any rules that one must use the same colors…mix it up, or use two colors. In the case of my oldest daughter, I would use sage for the blocks with cream for where the white sections are. Since she is not a floral type person, I would use something more earthy for the border. My middle daughter, well, she loves color and daisies (as well as other flowers). The brighter, the bolder, the better! So, I can envision that her border will be bright and beautiful.
So, if this was a quilt that you would be inspired to make, what would your color choices be and for what occasion? A baby play quilt would be fun, a lap quilt for an elderly family member, the possibilities are limitless.
What inspires you to dust off your sewing machine today?
~ Putting Thread to Fabric ~