I don’t read very many quilt blogs. Not because I am not interested, of course, but rather because I don’t want to be influenced. Sure we all have quilters who inspire us–those we look up to, those whose work we covet, those that we would love to meet in person, or maybe we have met. And those I check in on regularly and interact with in the various social media platforms. I have been trying to be better about posting comments rather than just lurking.

But I don’t read much from other quilters because I want to remain original in my designs, whether I am relevant or not.

It does not escape me that I want people to read what I write in this space, yet that I may or may not reciprocate. It is what it is.

The world in which we quilt in is a tricky one. It’s a world defined by terms such as “traditional modernism,” “improvisation,” and “minimalism.” And I have a beef with most of those labels. How they are assigned, and defined. And why we need them.

It is not a secret that I do not follow the trends in the latest quilt fabrics. I buy and use fabrics buy the piece, not the line. I mix anything and everything. And in the last few years I have rarely purchased fabric (my last purchase was in January–a little Cotton and Steel, and before that my previous purchase was in March 2014). I have been quilting from my stash. At times it feels great. Other times it feels like a burden. But that is another post for another time.

So where do I get my “quiltspiration?” I read several fashion and street style blogs religiously. It’s twofold really, 1) I am interested in the subject matter and 2) the colors, patterns, and textures are infinitely interesting. I also read design blogs, photography blogs, and travel blogs plus print forms of these as well. I also follow IG accounts of many of the same. And spend lots of time in my own head.

Imagine my surprise this week when I found this on TLo:


Pineapple log cabin. Valentino, via creative direction team of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, you are a man after my own heart. From the Valentino website:

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli’s stylistic approach is defined by their sense of contemporary nourished by contrasts and love for a mélange of visual, artistic and literary inputs synthesized in a vibrant and distinctive style. A fusion of styles and languages is the key to their method.

That description above sums up quiltspiration in a nutshell. Although in this case the garment is the inverse of quiltspiration, rather it is the quilt. Right?

What do you think? Would you wear it? Would you quilt it? Would you quilt it in velvet? Where do you find inspiration for your quilts?

9 thoughts on “Quiltspiration

  1. Not too sure my 5 foot tall frame could pull it off, but if quilted patchwork items are making it to the runway then that just means I have to make my own awesome jacket in my own style/colors/scale, right!? It reminds me of a quilt from the Quilts and Color exhibit from the Boston MFA from last spring.

    • That was an awesome exhibit. I didn’t make it there, but I bought the book. I think the key to “pulling off” any fashion statement is that you just have to OWN IT. All 5′ of you 🙂

  2. This is too gorgeous! I would wear it (ok, I’d try), I would make it, and, yes, I would even try velvet. Might take forever, but it would be worth it. And, just like that, I have an idea for something similar, but different enough to be more suitable for me. Most of my inspiration comes from that clichéd source – nature – particularly the colors and shapes of late summer through fall into winter. Thanks for sharing!

  3. My husband said that he would divorce me if I start wearing my quilts. (I think he saw too many old ladies wearing quilted vests in the 90’s) This; however, is beautiful. I might still not wear it, but I strongly feel that someone else should, and better that it be a non-quilter. That would make such a huge statement in our honor. It already has.

    I do read other blogs, and magazines, follow tons of people around the social groups, but sometimes, I get really down on myself when I see someone making something similar as something that I coincidentally planned or have already started as a project. I tend to drop off on projects, and not want to finish them because of it. I beat myself up too much, thinking that I should have been quicker or more on the ball about getting it done and published. When I ignore, just a little bit, I am able to enjoy the craft better.

  4. I was just looking at readingmytealeaves instagram photo and saw the name of your blog. I was intrigued by the name! I am also a quilter, an art quilter…one who never stitches in the ditch! I am part of a larger group of world wide quilters who quilt with no rules. http://www.saqa.com/ There is one quilter who quilts with anything she can get her hands on: old socks, blouses, pants, doilies, etc. She uses bought fabric as well but has a very unique style…Karen Loprete. Have fun combining fabrics and colors and just sew it all together!! Try rusting, painting and discharging for a whole new dimension!!

    • Hi Linda, yes I know SAQA as I have done art quilting in the past. I lived in Santa Fe and studied under Katie Pasquini Masopust among others. Attended Allegre Retreat for a few years. I drifted away for a while but I have made a commitment to start dabbling in it again in order to test my quilt comfort zone this year. Such a small world that you found me through RMTL. I am an aspiring minimalist. Slowly getting there. Cheers.

      • OMG- I was in Santa Fe for the first time last June. I so want to move there. I live on the coast line of CT and while pretty, I loved everything about Santa Fe. We traveled down from Denver stayed in Santa Fe for 4 days, hiked, drove around, went to the Georgia O’keefe Museum, ate out a lot and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We cannot wait to go back! My IG user name is llcz
        RMTL is written by a woman I have known since she was 6 years old and became best friends with my daughter. Happy creating. I, too, stopped creating full time and went back to school to become a personal trainer. A decision which I wished I had made earlier. I have been sewing again recently and have my site set on show in Japan in December…I have to get the creative juices flowing again!! Happy creating!

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