Quilt Local blog tour (+giveaway!)


I’m really pleased to be part of this blog tour for this exceptional book, Quilt Local by Heather Jones. When I first read that Heather was writing a book, I knew immediately it would be a good one, and now that it’s been published, I can tell you that I was right!

(Central Parkway quilt)

Quilt Local starts with Heather describing how she finds inspiration in her everyday life and includes 4 habits on how to find inspiration around you (and how to remember what you’ve been inspired by!). I loved reading this chapter since much of what she writes reminded me of how I used to find so much inspiration around me when I took the time to really look around. These days I find myself busy with the kids and it seems I’ve been forgetting to look around and record my inspiration. This chapter is a great reminder to slow down and really look around.


I then jumped ahead to see her quilts, and they did not disappoint! I love how Heather shows a photo of her inspiration for each quilt along with a sketch of the quilt. I think it’s so interesting to see how her inspiration is translated into a quilt. Even better, she shows each quilt sewn up in two different colorways.


I’ve always admired Heather’s modern designs and her ability to keep her designs simple and clean. While it may appear easy, I think it’s actually deceptively simple. I find it to be extremely difficult to limit oneself to a certain (small) number of fabrics/colors or a design with a lot of negative space. I look at these quilts and am so inspired by the beauty in the minimalistic design. The quilt shown above, Third Street, is a favorite of mine and is inspired by a grid on the side of an abandoned building. I admire the fact that it’s limited to just two colors and makes the grid such a strong statement, without distracting you with other colors or patterns.


I decided to give this a try myself. The next time I took the kids to Shelburne Farms, I made sure to slow down and admire the details at the beautiful Farm Barn. I snapped this photo of one of the sections of the barn on our way out.


As you can see, I didn’t really do so well on limiting my fabric choices. I’m still calling it a win because the colors themselves are limited, but while I attempted to select 2-3 fabrics for this piece, in the end I actually used 8! (see, harder than it looks!)

(I just couldn’t resist adding in those little bits of Carolyn Friendlander’s upcoming new line, Carkai, which I snagged from a friend)

I’m really excited to get back to finding inspiration in things around me and I thank Heather for reminding me of this in her wonderful book.

[I also just heard that Heather Jones may be visiting and teaching a class at Nido early in 2016, so hopefully I’ll get a chance to tell her in person about how her book has inspired and challenged me]

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Want to win a copy? (Yes, yes you do!). Simply leave one comment on this post letting me know where you find inspiration. I always think it makes me sound like a couch potato, but I do happen to find inspiration often while watching tv! So how about you? The publisher will send a copy of the book to one winner who will be selected on Thursday morning.

Edited to add: A winner! Random.org selected #97, Ramona, who said

Ramona Putnam says:

The most obvious inspiration for me is often tile work or grid work in floors. I love how you interpreted the barn. I would love to create a quilt in the colors in that barn photo with the gray/green panel and striped section. So now I can say you’ve inspired me!

Look for an email from me! Ramona, my message came back undeliverable. Please contact me at ashley @ filminthefridge.com so I can get this book to you!

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Be sure to follow along with the rest of the Quilt Local blog tour!

10/6: STC Craft Blog

10/8: Robert Kaufman

10/9: Melanie Falick

10/10: Sew Mama Sew

10/11: Creative Bug

10/12: Plaid Portico

10/14: Modern Sewciety

10/16: Pellon

10/19: The Tattooed Quilter

10/21: Amy’s Creative Side

10/23: Diary of a Quilter

10/26: Film in the Fridge

10/28: Tall Grass Prairie Studio

10/29: Okan Arts

10/30: Kara Sews

11/2: Crimson Tate

11/4: Dainty Time

11/6: Nap Time Quilter

11/9: Spoonflower

11/11: Aurifil

11/13: A Gathering of Stitches

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150 Responses to Quilt Local blog tour (+giveaway!)

  1. 1
    Heather says:

    With an architect husband, we spend a lot of time looking at buildings wherever we go. I get lots of inspiration from small details on historical buildings.

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    Paige says:

    I find inspiration in nature. With the fall colors now, it’s beautiful! Your quilt is lovely.

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    Megan says:

    I love your quilt and inspiration. I find inspiration when out walking with my kids.

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    Julie V says:

    I find inspiration in nature, but also on vacation. I find I notice things that are inspiring (and unfamiliar), and have time to take pictures and organize thoughts. Thanks for the opportunity; it’s a great book!

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    kris says:

    Most certainly in nature and architecture but also online, and just chatting with friends.

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    Emily T says:

    Ha! I do find inspiration watching movies and tv too! 🙂 if I’m watching them on the iPad I’ll take a screen shot so I can remember the juxtaposed shapes or specific colors that inspired me.

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    Anita says:

    I most often find inspiration in nature.

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    Debbie says:

    I find inspiration everywhere. My latest quilt was inspired by a shower curtain while on vacation in Maine

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    Christine says:

    I find inspiration in the woods behind my house. I live in the house I grew up in, and as a young girl, I used to dream that I would build a house back there. I didn’t build a house, but now I realize I didn’t have to. It is a haven without walls.

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    Jenn R says:

    I find inspiration in the little things I see day-in, day-out – tile and stonework especially catch my eye. And I’ve been know to grab my kids’ artwork and keep it in my quilting room for inspiration.

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    Barbara Bailey says:

    Every where outside! The different seasons of colors, textures and saturation are so beautiful!

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    Amy Verne says:

    I have recently found great color inspiration in the book Face to Face by Alison Wright. It is portraits from around the world.

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    Kristin S. says:

    I often find inspiration in catalogs. Lots of new color palettes and patterns to try out.

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    RxM0m03 says:

    I find inspiration in the person for whom I am making the quilt–favorite color, pattern, special interests, etc.

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    Becca says:

    I find inspiration on vacation, or anywhere I am really focused on looking for images to photograph. Because I have my eye out for things that strike me, like color or texture or patterns, I’m much more aware. Also, for color palettes–autumn anything. Funny, though, orange is definitely not my favorite color. 🙂

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    Heidi Johnson says:

    Like many already, I find inspiration in nature. Living in the mountains I can see so many textures and colors sometimes I don’t know where to start!

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    Inspiration usually comes at the most random places and times. I was at my youngest Daughters parents evening the other week and I spotted a picture in one her text books to which I commented “that would make a good quilt pattern” and I received the usual “oh Mum!” response!! :0) xx

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    Jennifer says:

    Architecture inspires me, but probably the most inspiring is the work of other quilters/designers

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    Alice R. says:

    The outdoors, the big beautiful outdoors that we are so blessed to have. It may be a leaf, weed, stone or flower or an entire vista, but it’s always the outdoors.

    Using a limited number of fabrics is tough! Something is always next to it’s twin.

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    Suzanne Brown says:

    I find inspiration in photographs especially those of nature. This form captures the image so I can get back to it at a later date.

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    Mollie says:

    Oh my goodness, what a wonderful idea for a book and a fantastic giveaway. So here’s my inspiration: in June my sister had hip replacement surgery. As she slowly recovered, I wandered around the hospital, where to my grateful surprise many beautiful pieces of art in a variety of fashions were displayed, from etchings to photography to posters of Van Gogh paintings. I snapped my faves, and one of these days I’ll get around to recreating them via quilts. My favourite was Morning Storm, by Christopher Burkett. I have the fabrics, now just to find the time… 😉

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    Becky Turner says:

    I find inspiration in the mish mash of this and that…
    Pictures and items placed in unexpected relation to each other..

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    Geoff says:

    I don’t drive, which means I spend a lot of time walking through my city. I stumble upon so many interesting shapes and patterns on my way to and from where ever I’m going

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    Kath S says:

    This may sound crazy but I get my inspiration from color combinations I see around me everyday. Something colorful will catch my eye and I’ll try to capture it with fabric. Often I’ll have my fabrics already chosen and in hand, then audition patterns to find the ‘one’ that fits.

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    Carol says:

    For the most part I find inspiration from others…particularly online. And if I pay attention can I find inspiration in nature, especially in the mountains.

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    Kathy S says:

    I get a lot of inspiration from my local Modern Quilt Guild in Austin, Tx. The 100+ members never fail to inspire me with their original work and encouragement.

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    Dixie mcIntyre says:

    I love re- inventing nature. The sky, the shades of sunset or sunrise or the shades of spring flowers!

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    Kare says:

    Inspiration is the person I want to make a quilt for, then the fabric – color first then print. Every one is different.

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    Thea says:

    With a background in art and architectural history I find a lot of inspiration in the repetitive patterns of buildings, surface designs etc…I also am inspired by the surprising juxtaposition of the colors in nature. Sounds like an absolutely wonderful book. I would love to win it, but will check it out for sure whether I do or not.

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    Rae says:

    I always come home from vacation inspired—whether it’s the travel, the time off work to decompress, the new places and things to see, or the museums we visit, it’s all a good excuse to go on more vacations!

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    Your quilt doesn’t look like it has 8 fabrics in it. The placement really makes the focus more like 3-4. I find my inspiration while out on runs on trails around Indy. Sometimes I have my phone and can snap a picture for reference.

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    Sue Kaiser says:

    usually I get inspiration from fabric. I love to look at a line of fabric and picture a quilt made with that fabric.

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    GreggC says:

    I love this concept. I travel for work and I’m always on the lookout for new designs inspired by the places I visit. Can’t wait to get a copy if this book to see how she translates the images she sees!

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    L says:

    The fall colors in my own yard are so inspiring right now

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    Nancy A says:

    City skylines, fall colors, falling leaves, inspiration is everywhere!

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    Carol P says:

    So much inspiration here in Colorado. Not only the landscape but also architecture. Ashley, you may also find inspiration in some of the interesting collections they have at the Shelburne Museum.

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    Kristy says:

    I find most of my inspiration from reading blogs (like this one). While it may not be super original, I’m always amazed by how creative I am able to be just by changing colors, or cutting fabric slightly different. Someday, I hope to be able to start designing my ideas from scratch, but until then, I’ll take my inspiration from those who have been doing this a lot longer than I have. 🙂

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    Jenny L says:

    I agree with the commenter who finds her inspiration from blogs. I read a lot of blogs, but don’t have a whole lot of time to quilt. So I sometimes find a pattern/concept on one blog, and a color palette from another, and start pulling fabrics and cutting! I have a triangle quilt in progress right now from this kind of combo of inspiration.

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    Tracy says:

    I was curious about this book because I have a ton of inspiration photos that I need to look back to for my next quilt project. Lots of travel, nature, and architecture inspiration.

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    Pat S says:

    Right now, the fall leaves offer so much color inspiration everywhere. But a gray gloomy day can be just as inspiring, especially if I want a low volume palette.

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    Verena says:

    I usually find inspiration online, mainly the work of other quilters. I am not really good in transferring things I see in the world outside into quilt inspiration, but it really sounds like a fun challenge I would love to learn more about!

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    rebecca says:

    I am a geologist so the Earth’s stratigraphy inspire me everyday

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    Out my window…several friends commented that they liked the colors I was working with in a recent quilt and it occured to me that I had picked them after looking at the summer field of corn out my window!

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    Sharon says:

    I find inspiration all around in nature, definitely. In architecture, too. And lots of color inspiration in films. Thanks for a chance to win this book; looks lovely 🙂

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    Victoria says:

    I find inspiration looking at antique quilts and updating the look with modern colors and fabrics.

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    Anne D says:

    I find most of my inspiration online and in books. There is so much creativity out there and not enough time to do all the ideas you have. The book looks gorgeous!

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    Sophia DeLonghi says:

    The inspiration I primarily use in my quilts is from nature. Every color of the rainbow is represented in our world around us. As far as patterns, I favor the simple but stunning designs that have become more popular. Included in this, are the traditional patterns with modern twists through use of fabric and color placement.

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    Jessica says:

    This book looks wonderful. I often find inspiration in nature or (if I’m being perfectly honest) on blogs and Instagram. Thanks for the giveaway! Love the new quilt.

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    Camilla says:

    The natural world is my biggest inspiration but architectural details come a close second for me. This looks like a great book!

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    Jen C says:

    I recently found inspiration at the zoo. The pattern on the back of a tortoise shell and a tank full of moon jellyfish. The pattern on the jellyfish was beautiful and dainty. I took lots of pictures so I could remember the details!

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    wintu nancy says:

    I guess I am not very original…often find inspiration from seeing all the fantastic quilts other people make. I do almost always make them mine with colors that I love. So, yes…a book to inspire me!

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    Kat Scott says:

    I find most of my inspiration in architecture and photography… patterns in any media will always catch my attention. Would love to garner some inspiration from the book!

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    Brita Pingry says:

    While I find inspiration in various places, remembering them when I get home is impossible. I’d love to learn how she does that.

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    Cathy Watkins says:

    I get inspiration about colour combinations from art, even paper napkins, and inspiration about shape from practical things like a potato masher or the sewer grate. thanks!

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    Julie says:

    I find inspiration looking down…at tiled floors, sidewalks, rugs etc. the hard part is always abstracting the concept into a new design. I get too literal!

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    Rike says:

    I found my inspirations on other blogs and talking with friends around me.
    THanks for the chance!

  57. 57
    Terri Henderson says:

    FI on the beach

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    Sarah says:

    I find inspiration from art. I always leave an art museum full of ideas!

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    shannon miller says:

    I always find inspiration for my quilts, as well as painting, sketching, knitting, etc. in people. I think of someone, and they inspire me with colors, fabrics, shapes….whatever! Then they are almost always the recipient of that item.

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    Rochelle says:

    Wow, when I’m driving, watching TV or sometimes reading a book (and definitely when I’m on the computer), inspiration will strike. However, that said, it doesn’t mean I accomplish anything with the inspiration!

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    Bunny says:

    I sometimes find inspiration while reading. It can be fiction or a biography – just anything within a perfectly worded sentence can turn on the inspiration.

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    Lyn says:

    I find inspiration outdoors on walks, but with cedar allergy season approaching in a few weeks, I will start looking for indoor inspiration. Outdoors I see appliqué, indoors I see piecing. 🙂

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    sharon says:

    mostly online but, I have been taking pix in modern art galleries and of buildings and bridges

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    beth p says:

    I find inspiration in photos of faraway places and in beautiful ethnic fabrics. I am also inspired by my friends and their creative ventures! Thanks for a great giveaway. This book looks wonderful.

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    Tamie says:

    I live on the coast of SC and find lots of inspiration in my surroundings.

  66. 66
    Alison says:

    I love my kids’ artwork for inspiration. I love the colors they choose and the uninhibited way they draw and create.

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    Allison C says:

    I find a lot of inspiration from my job as a marine microbiologist

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    valerie says:

    Blogs and magazines are an inspiration.

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    Diane says:

    Loving this blog tour. I find inspiration everywhere but seeing everyone’s creativity on this tour is fueling the fire. Thanks!

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    For some reason, I find tons of inspiration when I travel. Probably because I am out of my routine and am looking more, but EVERYTHING is inspiring. Much harder to keep that freshness in my everyday life!

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    Chris says:

    Anywhere and everywhere. Sometimes a blog, a bird, a tree, a tile at the hardware store. I melted some butter the other day and the swirl pattern got me thinking.

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    Mary D says:

    I love looking at the architecture and design of old buildings. I find inspiration here but also when the leaves change color in Autumn or the drive along the rivers or the beautiful sky show when the sun is setting, or the pair of cardinal birds that grace my evergreen tree every winter. Yep there is inspiration all around.

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    Rebecca Tan says:

    I find a lot of inspiration in books but having read this blog post I am now looking around me with a fresh set of eyes!! I am filling in time while my daughter is at tennis and the green of the grass criss-crossed with white lines is giving me lots of ideas. Thanks

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    Ashley I love your quilty interpretation of the barn door – and it works so well with your eight fabrics and limited palette. Beautifully done. Most my inspiration comes from the internet, ideas sparked by creative ideas of others.

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    Johanna says:

    Last time I got inspired by the pattern on a counter in a takeaway, waiting for my French fries.

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    Denise says:

    I find inspiration from my local beaches..living in Florida I see so much beauty year round.

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    Jeannie says:

    Nature, books, pictures and anything that I find interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Valerie Messina says:

    I find inspiration in the colors of nature. Like you, I am in New England and the brilliance of the fall colors inspires me – even though I am not making anything using those colors lol

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    Jean says:

    “FILM IN THE FRIDGE” never fails to inspire me. Gosh darned honestly! Her book sounds wonderful!

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    brenda says:

    i find inspiration in design often in looking at other quilts — then, look to fabric how to make it my own. i don’t often use any pattern pieces, so the quilts are a little traditional and a little improv.

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    Barb says:

    Color.and shape inspire me. Love looking at all these quilts. Thanks for sharing.

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    Marianne says:

    I find inspiration on my hour long morning walk. I try and vary my routes. There’s more inspiration than time to make the quilts they’ve inspired needless to say!

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    Summer says:

    Bloggers who try this and experiment with that inspire me. I have a lot of quilts on my to-do list because of the bloggers that I follow!

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    Gigi Voegeli says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I find inspiration in the outdoors and from all the quilt bloggers I follow!

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    Betsy says:

    I find inspiration in nature.

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    Sandy says:

    Inspiration is everywhere. The challenge is slowing down enough to soak it in AND act on it!!

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    Molly says:

    Landscape photography always inspires me.

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    Martha Henrichs says:

    I find inspiration in all of the fabrics we have available.

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    Margie says:

    I try to find inspiration everywhere … usually it’s in nature. The woods, the beach, anywhere that I can take a breathe and slow down.

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    Looks like a fantastic book! I find inspiration in modern art, design, typography–a lot of time from pinterest. This book would serve as a great reminder to get out into the real world and open my eyes.

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    Patricia Cash says:

    By nature and sites like pinterest.

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    Lori says:

    Thanks for sharing not only her inspiration but yours as well. Seeing people work is a personal glimpse into someone else’s world and I find it is all ways enriching. This book seems that like it will be as inspiring and as influential as the book ‘modern quilt perspectives’. I can’t wait to read it!

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    Lori Smanski says:

    this looks like a fabulous book. those quilts are gorgeous. my inspiration comes a variety of places. they people’s lives who I am making it for, nature, animals, dreams

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    Sandra W says:

    I would have to say buildings and architecture. I like design that is square and rectangular. Doors, windows, bricks and so on.
    Looks like there is some great photography in the book too–another one of my hobbies. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Colleen says:

    I live on a farm in Saskatchewan and find the landscape here very inspiring. Unfortunately I am too much of a newbie to figure out how to translate inspiration to designing my own quilts. This sounds like the book for me 🙂

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    I find inspiration from other quilters. I’ll take a block here, colors there and then play with the elements until I’m happy with the design.

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    Ramona Putnam says:

    The most obvious inspiration for me is often tile work or grid work in floors. I love how you interpreted the barn. I would love to create a quilt in the colors in that barn photo with the gray/green panel and striped section. So now I can say you’ve inspired me! 🙂

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    dottie in Maryland says:

    One way that I’ve found inspiration is from the person for whom I am making the quilt. . .my favorite quilt was a Halloween-theme quilt made for my younger sister whose birthday is on Halloween. I asked that she display/use her quilt for the entire month of October each year. . .she will be 51 this Halloween and loves to display & use this quilt in her home for her birthday month each year!

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    Beth T. says:

    I grew up by the beach, and now live in the Pacific NW, on a rural property surrounded by cedar and pines. I get inspiration when I look at all the greens that are butted up next to each other and remind myself that they all “work” perfectly well together. Every time I stress about what colors are “going together”, I try (not always succeed, but try) to look out the window and see how a million greens are able to coexist beautifully.

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    Kathy Frankum says:

    I have made two quilts that are based on paintings in MOMA in New York. I am currently working on a quilt based on paint samples from an ad in a magazine – saw the samples, and thought it would make a pretty quilt. Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder!

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    Marilyn says:

    I find inspiration in architecture, vintage decorative items and street art (graffiti).

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    Jen U. says:

    I’m surrounded by colorful tropical flowers and foliage and also find inspiration in all the gradations of colors to be found in the ocean.

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    Coastal gray says:

    I do need this book, because honestly most of my inspiration comes from other quilts….

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    Jennyroo says:

    I love to find inspiration from the pattern of light reflected on walls and hardwood floors. The pattern on the glass affects the way the light filters in my house and it makes some dazzling geometric shapes. Thanks for sharing! Would love to win!

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    Jan says:

    I love these quilts! I really like the idea of using patterns in nature or buildings or other architectural objects. Fabulous!

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    Jan says:

    P.S. Would be thrilled to win!

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    wendy in CA says:

    I’m really inspired by other peoples quilts! I go to shows and really check out my favorite quilts then stash it in my subconscious for later. Of course I don’t ‘steal’ the patterns… just get inspired and then try a technique later with my own interpretation.

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    Mary says:

    Nature is always inspiring, and I live in the woods!

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    Lisa says:

    I’m inspired by the quilt recipient. Their design aesthetic keeps me focused.

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    F. Paulseth says:

    I find inspiration in other quilters.

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    Donna W says:

    My inspiration comes from nature. I live in the country with a nature reserve behind us and farm fields across the street. So, I can go out and walk to look at the beautiful scenery or just gaze out of the windows. So much inspiration!

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    Lisa C in Dallas says:

    I am generally allergic to solids but the Central Parkway quilt is so striking. I think I might need to make it in gray and fuchsia.

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    Jennifer says:

    I get my inspiration from my garden. Since the seasons change what I am looking at I can’t help but see new things all the time. Whether I remember them is debatable though 😉

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    Nancy Gilpin says:

    I live in the woods and the falling leaves create a fairyland of color; it is inspiring to be so close to beauty.

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    Cindy in NM says:

    My inspiration comes from photographs of patterns in nature and architecture.

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    MJ says:

    I’m inspired by it all. The floors I walk on, people’s clothing, dreams. I’m hoping To get more ideas from Heather’s book!

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    Jen Beatty says:

    Like most of us, just in everyday life especially when I have to wait. I do have patience, just not all the time.

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    Kathleen says:

    I get inspiration from so many places. Architecture, nature and my kids drawings. They put color combinations together that i would never think of!
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Katrin says:

    Hi there, I draw inspiration from artwork, nature and incidental groupings of objects AND other blogs of course.
    I only get inspired when I am in a relaxed mood though.

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    Mary Knight says:

    I am still new at this, but I find inspiration in many blogs, a walk through a quilt shop, or a chat with friends.

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    Lois says:

    Inspiration and relaxation both for me come from the sea. The shoreline shows me something different every day depending on the weather:))

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    Claudia Lotto says:

    I find inpiration on this blog. I love filminthefridge. I find inspiration everywere too: in cross stiching magazines, paitings, books or in a local fabric called Chitão. It goes on and on and on.

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    Katrina says:

    I find inspiration when I’m active- running around crazy busy or working out. That’s when I have an epiphany.

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    Leigh says:

    I am truly inspired by other’s quilts and then exploring use of shapes and texture in architecture.

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    Joyce says:

    Love Heather’s work. Look at nature all the time for ideas

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    Julietta says:

    From Mexican/Latin American/African/Japanese/Maori folk art and textiles.

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    Diane says:

    My inspiration comes other quilters and reading their blog! I have many friends who I have never met – by following their blogs! Thank you!

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    Barbara says:

    Colors are always what inspires me. I’ll get a certain color combination in my head and look for shapes to translate it into. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Amy L says:

    I love what the hoppers are sharing about Heather’s book. Thanks for showing us just how to do that with your Shelburne Farm quilt. I find inspiration in tile floors, doors, lace curtains, and the colors around me.

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    JillB says:

    I get inspiration (when it wants to come!) from a lot of different places: patterns in architecture, color combinations, or other quilters’ blogs. This book would help me find inspiration more regularly!

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    Donna M says:

    I get inspiration from TV too! Sometimes have to pause & back-up so I can sketch something I’ve seen.

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    Debbie says:

    Inspiration? Oh…it’s all around me. I too just need to slow down and take it in. I DO hope to learn the author’s method of recording her ideas. THAT I need a LOT of help with!

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    Karen says:

    I get a lot of inspiration from my kids. I see what they’re into and I want to support that creatively.

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    Cathy L says:

    I find inspiration in nature because the colors are amazing, but also from other quilters. Everyone’s imagination works differently so it is inspiring to see what other quilters come up with!

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    Kathleen Dalecio says:

    Color inspires me. Certain fabrics create themes for me to build on. Nature invigorates me, which leads to inspiration.
    I’d love to win a copy of “Quilt Local”! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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    bee says:

    very interesting looking book! I get inspired via talking/brainstorming with my momm on quilt things and at my job – I see quilts everyday at the National Quilt Museum!

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    Margot Driscoll says:

    I love the patterns in architecture and in nature, and need to learn how to limit my fabric choices! This book looks very inspiring.

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    Terri M says:

    I love your quilt. I usually find inspiration in nature and architecture, but sometimes I can find it in random things like a pot of spaghetti, a sleeping child or my messy desk.

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    Wanda says:

    Inspiration is everywhere, stone walls, color of the seasons, tile in a chevron pattern. It looks like a great book.

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    Shari says:

    I am justing beginning to design my own quilts so this book would be very welcome! I’m sticking to architecture right now because of all the straight lines 🙂

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    Susan McGregor says:

    I get inspiration from the clean lines of modern architecture. Love the simplicity, but boldness, of these quilts.

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    Elaine says:

    Fabric is my primary inspiration, with color a close second. I also am inspired by the beautiful quilts shared by all of the great quilt bloggers.

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    Linda says:

    I find inspiration in fabric that reminds me of someone that I’d like to make a quilt or bag for. I have bunches of grands and great grands to make things for if I live long enough and have enough energy! 😎

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    Sarah says:

    If I don’t win this book, Santa will have to bring it to me!

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    Kathie L says:

    I love the inspiration of all the great bloggers out there, you included.

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    Melanie C says:

    i get inspiration reading blogs and Instagram

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    susie boots says:

    I find most of my inspiration from nature. Living in New England makes that easy.

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    Chriss Johns says:

    Love seeing how others are inspired. I find inspiration from photos as well, especially nature. Lovely post. Thank you


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    Caroline says:

    My inspiration always starts with something in nature! I’ve followed your blog for quite a while and love your busy work in quilts, thanks for this giveaway, I’d love to have a copy.

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