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Here's my first one. This is the quilt that inspired me to make the baseball themed quilt. Mike Ellingson is the maker of this quilt. Our area lost a true treasure when he and his wife moved from Mn to Iowa last year, I think he will get to be famous in the quilt world. Many of his creations are now patterns available for sale. I purchased one last year similar to a Frank Lloyd Wright design. Hmmm....maybe that's one I should make next.

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My Orange Crush Quilt (working title)

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was inspired by photos of yellow and orange Fritilaria Imperialis--Wisconsin April zone 4 blooming, photographed at our old place. 
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Followed by a second inspiration (nudge) when I saw a pattern at a quilt shop that reminded me of the Fritilaria.  I don't usually buy patterns period. I'd never done applique before.  The quilt shop pattern featured a black and white with red flowers table topper.  It was the saw tooth edges and long stems that I like best.

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My first attempt at applique, and challenging myself with combining orange and red together to build a queen size quilt.

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There was just a hit of blue in the outer red fabric, so I sewed 6/0 glass dark blue beads.  Added big flying geese blocks art panel--to chase the pointy bits that appeared on the quilt top.    I enjoyed making Orange Crush, and am happy to admit I used my least favorite orange fabrics to built my first applique quilt (in case it turned out bad, then I wouldn't feel so bad, and would never speak of it again).  

Turns out Orange Crush sold right away to a client who visited my booth.  She told me, "I don't usually buy orange, but I like this one!"  I told her, I'm glad you picked this one--it is my favorite.  She looked at me, smiled and said something like, "is that your best line?"  Last year she stopped at my booth to look over my quilts.  She said, I bought one of your favorite quilts and it is my favorite too.  I quickly asked, "what color was it".  She said, "Orange".  I replied, "oh yeah, you bought Orange Crush--it was always one of my favorite quilts to make.  This time she believed me.


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Your depiction of the flowers from your photo are even better in your quilt!  I remember the first time you showed us that one.  Wow!  And that was your first time doing appliqué!  Geesh!  Red and orange would be a tough one to make work well together, but it looks great.  I recently heard or read some well known quilter say colors near each other on the color wheel are "friends" and colors opposite each other are "lovers."  Had never thought about studying the color wheel but rely on my gut feeling when choosing the fabrics for a quilt.  You are so good at color combinations in your quilts and those special touches like the beadwork really make it pop.  (I've yet to sew my first bead on anything!)
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I got out an old computer and located a photo of the lady who has been a great inspiration to me. This was a challenge project she entered under the theme "Good for you." As another hobby she was a belly dancer and promoted it as very good exercise for the body. Her quilt shows two dancers, one representing her as a young gal, the other as she aged. There was loads of bling added to the outfits, and I couldn't help but smile when I would look at it. She had this quilt picked to tour the world as part of an International quilt show. She also quilted her quilts on her domestic machine.  She also has moved out of the area a few years ago, but her inspiration will stay with me forever!

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Those are beautiful!  I've never made a quilt, but my grandmother in-law used to give us one every year.  She used to hand stitch them, then used a machine more as she aged.  (I got one of her earlier hand-stitched ones in the divorce; apart from my son, my favorite thing from that marriage). That and your beautiful quilts have inspired me to try and make one for my son from his old clothes.

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I can't say I am good at finding inspiration.  I don't see something and get an idea and "create" my quilt from there.  I pick out quilts to make more like one would buy a puzzle.  I save pics of the ones I love when people post them or I see one on Google images that looks fun and challenging and then I get the pattern.  I won't let myself buy kits.  I try to at least be original in choosing my own fabric but I'm not super creative in the quilt design area.  *I'm not really good at choosing fabric either but some days I get lucky!  I just finished the binding on this yesterday.  It's called Farmhouse Lane by Lori Holt

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Oh Christy, I find that house quilt inspiring!  Sort of a row by row, houses, trees, and neat rows of filler blocks ... weathervane comes to mind?   Correct me on that if I'm wrong.  Our daughter just bought her first house (yes, even with a pandemic going on), and I've been kicked around the idea of making her another quilt with an embroidered "Est. 2020" type saying.  

The roofs of your houses are so fun.  I've never seen them done like that.  Thank you for sharing that one!

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This is a fun thread - Mavis thanks for starting - and in my estimation you have passed by your inspirations!

Christy - what a bright and cheery quilt - I love the colors and fabric choices.  How do you do the quilting?

I have yet to do a quilt and am always looking for inspiration.  I will start small like a table runner or lap quilt and am thinking of a log cabin pattern choosing my own fabric -so not a kit.  I will plan to do the quilting - free motion - on one of my machines.  I also like the surprise element of doing the one block wonder quilts.


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Christy.  A colorful--definitely inspiring quilt.  The sewing craftsmanship is perfection.
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Thank you Mavis, in Lori's book Vintage Farm Girl, the block is called the "welcome block".  The houses were fun, but I think I enjoyed doing the trees the most.  

Chaly, I do the quilting on a frame with my Gammill.  I got better at the roof tops as I went.  I thought I could use a circle ruler with a ruler foot but that wasn't going well, so I switched to using a water erasable marking pen and a large metal washer to trace the half circle and did it free motion. 
 
I originally started with pot holders!  Then I went to a table topper and then to a simple quilt.  I did the same with my quilting, starting with a Singer 15-125, then to a Bailey Home Quilter with a wooden Grace frame, then I tried the Bailey in a table to see if that worked any better for me, and then to the Gammill which I bought used.  [biggrin]  I love the Gammill.  Now I just need to get a LOT more practice!

Aww thank you Mrs. D.  You do such fine work and are so very talented, I consider that high praise!  

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Oh, I was so frustrated yesterday bc I wrote lovely reply to this note.
Then the Internet didn’t send and it timed out so I am trying again.

I have no problem with inspiration for quilts to sew. I am usually about
3 ahead of my sewing. Don’t get to work all from patterns. I’m usually
given a pile of fabric and told ok ..now sew a quilt. I have even taken
a backing then made a quilt to fit it. Have to admit I have sewn for years
as a hobby so also have big stash .
During this isolation time I sure am glad to have indoor hobby. Disappointed
that I can’t quilt bc my new to me Juki 2200 sit down quilter is not working
correctly and I have no one to contact to get help. So I am going to plan a
quilt.
Oh, forgot to mention at this time in life I do all charity sewing.


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Oh, I was so frustrated yesterday bc I wrote lovely reply to this note.
Then the Internet didn’t send and it timed out so I am trying again.

I have no problem with inspiration for quilts to sew. I am usually about
3 ahead of my sewing. Don’t get to work all from patterns. I’m usually
given a pile of fabric and told ok ..now sew a quilt. I have even taken
a backing then made a quilt to fit it. Have to admit I have sewn for years
as a hobby so also have big stash .
During this isolation time I sure am glad to have indoor hobby. Disappointed
that I can’t quilt bc my new to me Juki 2200 sit down quilter is not working
correctly and I have no one to contact to get help. So I am going to plan a
quilt.
Oh, forgot to mention at this time in life I do all charity sewing.


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Kathleen, the cyber world doubled up!  Well that comment about making a quilt from starting with a backing piece is one I've never done!  That one made me laugh.  Yes, many times I have more inspiration than I have time and energy.  One I hadn't mentioned is the great inspiration from u-tube videos.  I love watching the MSQ Co., Jordan Fabrics and so many others that make nice looking quilts so easy and quickly.  I just have to take a break from sewing face masks and decided to make a Jenny Doan star quilt.  It reminds me of the French braid type quilt but ends up going together in quadrants to form a star.

Nothing so frustrating as having a machine that isn't working.  Hope you get your sit-down machine behaving soon.  I suppose co. support line is no help during this shut down/social distancing?

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Oh, I was so frustrated yesterday bc I wrote lovely reply to this note.
Then the Internet didn’t send and it timed out so I am trying again.

I have no problem with inspiration for quilts to sew. I am usually about
3 ahead of my sewing. Don’t get to work all from patterns. I’m usually
given a pile of fabric and told ok ..now sew a quilt. I have even taken
a backing then made a quilt to fit it. Have to admit I have sewn for years
as a hobby so also have big stash .
During this isolation time I sure am glad to have indoor hobby. Disappointed
that I can’t quilt bc my new to me Juki 2200 sit down quilter is not working
correctly and I have no one to contact to get help. So I am going to plan a
quilt.
Oh, forgot to mention at this time in life I do all charity sewing.


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I apologize for all the copies of my post ..couldn’t even tell if it ever sent.
Seems our internet has been on/off for few days...frustrating....

Finally got Juki to like my blue thread with variegated on bobbin for that
small Twisted Bargello. After I dug thru stash Norm helped me sandwich
the next one called..Not on Point ...uses 2.5” sqs. .even had white batting too.
Now I will have to change thread colors again & hope they tension easily.

Have Hawaiian fabric top done but backing is needed since it’s larger.
Any I found so far is not suitable & I have a big stash.
While I was waiting I started ..the Color Therapy...which I am going to name
My Paint Chip pattern ..uses those 2.5 “ pieces also.

So glad to have you all to write to ...feel like I am talking to friends when I write
but yet this helps when I sometimes feel like I am in solitary confinement.

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Inspiration can come to me at any time. Sometimes I'll see a pattern that calls out to me and I go on a fabric hunt and sometimes it's the fabrics that say "Make something with me!" and I go looking for just the right pattern.

Linda's black and white quilt was the inspiration for my black, white and red quilt.
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S5030111.jpg  Okay, maybe not inspiration so much as down right theft lol. I used her pattern, just added another color. I had the fabrics and waited for the right pattern to come along.
The Bento Box quilt is an example of choosing the fabrics to go with the pattern. I used a jelly roll from JoAnns so there was really no thinking involved.
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I also like patterns that look harder than they really are. Warm wishes is an easy, fast pattern that always looks good. A focus fabric and a few coordinates is all it takes. I've made several of those but most pics are on another computer.
Right now I'm working on a mini quilt for a swap. I started with these fabrics. I chose the cat fabric first and pulled the other colors from that.
S5030412.jpg  This is the pattern I'm using as inspiration. my quilt won't be exactly like this, but it'll be similar.
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