Monday, February 1, 2010

inspiration from ... quilts!

I truly love quilts and admire quilters and fabric artists. Would I like to be one? Sure. But, lacking even the most basic of skills, I limit my love of quilts to visiting quilt exhibits and shows, buying how-to books for quilts I'll never make, and even the occasional fabric purchase.

But this time, it was different. I recently purchased a copy of "The Mountain Artisans Quilting Book" by Alfred Allan Lewis, published in 1973. Pictured on the cover is the most wonderful art quilt, panel after panel of colorful whimsy and bright cheer. Fanciful mushrooms, rabbits, birds, flowers; a quizzical-looking snail and so much more. This "Rockefeller Quilt" became the basis of my newest collection of pendants (pictured above is one of them, "I Have A Bird In Spring) and has introduced me to new possibilities in designs, while retaining my own "signature" look.

If you are a quilter or other fabric artist, I recommend this book for ideas that are just as fresh today as it was in 1973. The story behind West Virginia's Mountain Artisans is enlightening as well, from their humble roots to their successes, even winning a Coty Award in the process of turning the world on to their craft.

Remember - inspiration can come from anywhere and you can apply nearly any concept to your own creative pursuits!

2 comments:

Wicked Thrifty- Formerly The Thrifty Stylist said...

pretty, pretty! cool place from which to draw inspiration...

Keith said...

Very pretty!

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