For me, being a photographer, I always look at light. How the light is bouncing off things, or in the evening how light gives things a warm orange tint, that's what inspires me. Light outside my front window, or light in a photograph, or blue light coming from the alarm clock at night...I usually notice and see. Light is what gives things life and dimension. I'm a lover of light.
Also when designing quilts, I often start with the back of the quilt first! Seems backwards, but when I find a nice big floral print I like, or a wild geometric, that's when I get excited!
I was putting bolts of fabric away the other day and ran across this very interesting mod fabric...
It's usually a design I would never go to, but I just loved the colors in it. I don't really decorate with purples in my house, although I often wear it (it goes good with my skin tone!) So I usually don't gravitate towards purple in my sewing. But this piece sure got the wheels turning!
So I started pulling fabrics to go with this piece. This is what I came up with! A good thing to remember when designing a quilt is value and balance. You want to make sure you have plenty of lights and darks and mediums. Too many mediums will make a quilt muddy. If you have a hard time seeing value, squint your eyes...colors will usually blend together if they are the same value.
Next, notice how in my spray of colors, I have lots of purples, a few greens, only one blue, and a touch of cream. Look back at my back piece...lots of purple, some pink, a hint of cream, and one blue! Things need balance and harmony!
So now...what do to with all these colors! Tell me what inspires you when design a quilt...or anything!? Oh and just so you know...these fabrics can found on our website or etsy page.