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Drawing Inspiration From Antique Quilts

Antique quilts speak to me. I love to draw on their tried and true patterns. My great grandmother was a quilter.  I’ll forever be grateful for her quilts that I now own.  In fact I replicated one of her quilts.  Giving it a more modern flare.

Scrappy half squares

Where do you find inspiration for your quilts? I know a lot of people find it in nature or architecture.

Jacob’s Ladder

While I have found inspiration in these places. My favorite place to find quilting inspiration is from the past.

Majestic Mountains

To see how those from the past have used patterns, fabrics, and color to make their own design.  I once saw an exhibit of modern quilts.  In it were quilts from the 1800s.  They were included because of the modern look.  I find that so interesting.

Nine patch with stars

Then draw from their example, change up placement, color and value to make my own interpretation.  Many of my designs have roots in antique quilts.  I reproduced my great grandmothers quilt because I loved it!  Her quilt was done completely by hand.  I made my completely by machine.

Railroad Crossing

Honoring those who came before while moving the art of quilting forward.  Is the best way I know to bring honor to quilters from the past and their antique quilts.


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