Quilts are composed of many elements that come together for the final look that we love so much. First there's the fabric and the colors they bring together, often influenced by availability. Then there is the choice of pattern we choose to use, from scrappy to more organized to minimalistic. Then we choose batting - thick or thin - cotton or poly. Then we decide how to quilt the piece: free motion, edge to edge, long arm, home machine, and a million other options. Lastly we choose a type and style of binding. Given all the choices (Oh, I forgot to add size: lap, twin, double.....) I would expect that no two quilts are alike.
The inspiration for our designs is much the same. We look at each others quilts and are inspired to either make the same one or, more likely, take an idea and change it slightly to suit our tastes or to please the intended recipient. That's one reason the Internet is such a great quilting tool. We get to browse each other's ideas and then create our own. Often we take elements we like from many different places and blend them together to something new and different.
So, last week I had a first. A reader shared her quilt with me which was inspired by my pirate quilt! My pirate quilt was inspired by another blogger's pirate quilt. So, here are three generations of inspiration....
So....I would encourage all of you out there in quilt world, if someones quilt has inspired you in some way to create one of your own, tell them. It's very nice to see your own creation spark an other's creativity.