Drawing Inspiration from the World Around You: Geometric Patterns

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…

geometric quilting inspiration in the world around you savannah gaI love the combination of simple rectangles paired with curves, and can see recreating this with improv piecing.

geometric quilting inspiration in the world around you savannah gaA herringbone pattern with organic leaves thrown in.

There was geometric inspiration in front of me….

geometric quilting inspiration in the world around you savannah gaHere’s a brick wall face sporting a fun corner turn I’m itching to recreate in a quilt.

geometric quilting inspiration in the world around you savannah gaIt could fairly simply be created by making half square triangles (HST) from strip pieced squares, don’t you think?

geometric quilting inspiration in the world around you savannah gaTaking 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?

geometric quilting inspiration in the world around you savannah ga

And there was geometric inspiration above me…

geometric quilting inspiration in the world around you savannah gaNobody 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,

geometric quilting inspiration in the world around you savannah gaopen your eyes a little differently, and be on the lookout for geometric designs and patterns in the world around you.

geometric quilting inspiration in the world around you savannah gaYou 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!

geometric quilting inspiration in the world around you savannah ga teach your childrenEnjoy 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 mountain call pattern quilt theory

Daisy’s Mountain Call quilt draws inspiration from the grand geometry of a mountain chain.

ocean path quilt theory

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?

 

8 Responses

  1. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Kitty, I have to say how much I enjoyed reading this post! I have been quilting for over 10 plus years but have never tried to design my own quilt pattern. Yet, recently I have been observing so many items and then picturing them in a quilt. Reading your post and seeing all of these spectacular photos are so inspiring; thank you for sharing!

  2. Jean McKinstry

    I am sure that after I bought my Canon DSLR, I looked at everything with different eyes. I saw things I would not have noticed before, and now see quilt designs in many of the places that nature and buildings and paddocks provide. Those old buildings give you some wonderful ideas, and to see a small child looking up is wonderful, so many parents are too busy to stop and see the beauty around them.

  3. Quilting Tangent

    Great inspiration you found. I’m like you and keep my eyes open for inspiration.

  4. Daisy

    I love looking at Savannah through your eyes, Kitty! You’re right – so much quilty inspiration!

  5. Janice Holton

    Love this post. It is so fun to observe the beauty all around us, both in nature and manmade. And you’re right, it is EVERYWHERE!

  6. Mary

    Tile backspashes and tile patterns on the walls and floors. Especially true for some of the old buildings – they often have beautiful tile work.

  7. Kaholly

    Excellent post. Very inspirational. Perhaps it’s time to take a trip through all those photos I’ve taken with just this in mind that I never did anything from! Thanks!

  8. Carol Jordan

    What a wonderful post. I love Savannah and the buildings are beautiful. I think I will go up the road to Williamsburg, VA and see what the bricks will show me.

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