Firestarter Friday exercise part 3: Finding my muse

This is one of those quilts I love to look at, but there is no way I would ever have it in my house. It is mind blowing though.

I decided to delay my posting by a day, and in a moment you will see why. This week was called “seeking your muse“. Luckily for me, I already have a list of a few things that I love to look for when I need inspiration. Maybe I should think of compiling an official list, but so far it pretty much consists of being any where outside, as well as getting close to flowers and any plants in my garden. I also love browsing vintage, thrift and antique stores, as well as fabric stores. Anything loaded with unique colors and motifs. As you may have noticed before, I really love wandering around town and taking pictures of anything architecture related.

As far as seeking my muse, I have two major roadblocks. One, sometimes I don’t have my supplies with me. Either a camera or a sketchbook, sometimes I just drop the ball. Which is sad when you see how gigantic my purse is. Seconde, I fail to force myself to take time to be creative. I did really great at the start of the year and then petered off. Staying creative is just like exercise — you have to stay on top of it, or it can get away from you.

So anyway, this week was pretty nuts, but I did manage to practice this exercise a bit. I delayed posting because my mom and I went to a quilting show today. Quilting on a large scale really isn’t my bag (too detailed and too time-consuming), but I looooooove looking at what others have made. The color combos and patterns can be mind-blowing. Plus, seeing quilts in real life is much better than seeing them in print or online. So without further ado, here are example from two of the places I find inspiration.

A few years ago, I never would’ve described myself as liking florals. The more I think about it, I realize I like large florals. This vintage inspired blue fabric caught my eye as soon as I got to the quilt show.
Another great floral. I love how they mixed the orange and black with a good neutral so it looks awesome and not haloweeny.
This one did not photograph well at all…the lighting in the room was really terrible. Even if the pic didn’t turn out so well, I’m glad I shot it because it was a really nice quilt.
I don’t know what the name of this sewing technique is, but I love how the pleating goes back and forth.
Just sweet fabric.
Once I got home, I made roasted tomato and garlic sauce. I never get tired of the colors of these tomatoes together.
Great place for inspiration — watching my kiddo play at the park. And since she’s two, she is pretty much the definition of quick life drawing. That’s why every sketch is incomplete.
But at least I can add color later!
One design inspired by some fabric I saw at the show. Once it dries, I may go over it with my dark purple Sharpie.

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