Hello! Kitty here, often known as Night Quilter. I’m excited to be sharing my debut Design Corner post by kicking off a series all about drawing quilt inspiration from the world around you. The design process takes many paths, and inspiration for a quilt can come from literally anywhere. I often draw a lot of inspiration from the world around me, whether it be actual geometric designs, color, texture, or balance and use of negative space. Over the next few months, I’ll be sharing a peek at some of the inspiration I’ve found simply by walking around and noticing the world around me. I hope that by sharing these peeks into my view of the world, it will help you to see the world a bit differently, and be able to recognize and hold on to inspiration as it strikes!
Today is all about geometric design. Geometric designs can be found in architecture, stonework, natural geological formations, and even in flowers and plants. If you look closely and begin to notice the patterns and geometry around you, soon you will find yourself seeing quilts in everything! While my inspiration is often more nature-based since I live in rural Maine, I thought it would be fun to share a slightly more urban/suburban day in the life, so today I’m sharing photos from a casual stroll through historic Savannah, Georgia, taken during the week of QuiltCon 2017.
Simply walking down the street in Savannah, Georgia, there was geometric inspiration beneath me…
I love the combination of simple rectangles paired with curves, and can see recreating this with improv piecing.
A herringbone pattern with organic leaves thrown in.
There was geometric inspiration in front of me….
Here’s a brick wall face sporting a fun corner turn I’m itching to recreate in a quilt.
It could fairly simply be created by making half square triangles (HST) from strip pieced squares, don’t you think?
Taking a closer look at a funky door revealed an intricate and fun geometric pattern that could be a jumping-off place for many quilt designs. Bias-tape applique, anyone?
And there was geometric inspiration above me…
Nobody does organic wavy lines as stunningly and perfectly as mother nature! We can take inspiration from the trees and rocks, from the brickwork beneath our feet, from the walls, doors, and tiles around us, and use them to help spark ideas for new quilts or designs.
So the next time you’re out and about,
open your eyes a little differently, and be on the lookout for geometric designs and patterns in the world around you.
You can carry a notebook and sketch as you go, or just pull out your phone and take a quick photo (like Michelle is doing in the photo above!). Once you learn to look at the world in this way, you will discover that beauty and inspiration is everywhere!
Enjoy the design process, and don’t forget to teach your children how to see the tiny bits of inspiration that pepper this world with beauty. They are the next quilt-makers!
In my next Design Corner post, I’ll talk more about pulling color inspiration from the world around you, as well as some tools I use to help better translate that inspiration into quilty goodness. I hope you’ll join me again!
In the meantime, check out some of our patterns directly inspired by the geometry found in the world around us:
Daisy’s Mountain Call quilt draws inspiration from the grand geometry of a mountain chain.
My pattern Ocean Path is inspired by the narrow path of stones that emerge along an ocean’s edge.
Where do you find geometric inspiration?