I get inspirations and ideas for designs for quilts from a lot of places and things....of course every idea has to be carefully evaluated and honed and worked with.
I've found that making a quilt based directly and literally on a photograph never works out quite as well as I hoped.
Instead I try to figure out just what it was about the original image that really intrigued me....and it's rarely the whole thing.
so this quilt:
which hangs in the stairwell of my nearest public library (Athens Regional Library on Baxter St for locals!) was actually inspired by a chair...looking at the woven rattan or cane seat and looking through the little holes created by the loose weaving just really fascinated me.
I actually did not need a photo. As you can see I copied the color of the cane/rattan (whatever!) pretty directly....but was a bit more inventive with the backgrounds...I like the sense that these are all little windows onto different worlds.
This morning I was inspired by the light over the pond:
I may just take the colors...or that patch of light and shade...maybe it will be a quilt, or maybe a painting....WATER color of course!!
but the image below...taken last week sitting out an outdoor cafe ..would work both as a quilt or as an acrylic painting...
I would crop out or blur a lot of the detail...but I love the light/shade and the cream against the midnight blue sky....
hmm!!! I must away to my studio!!
And if you have been...thanks for reading!! And do please write in the Comments and tell me how you get inspired.....