I get asked quite often how I come up with all my scrap quilt ideas. I thought today I would share how I find my inspiration.
I know many quilters spend countless hours online looking at quilts or play with pad and paper or a software program like EQ7 designing up quilt blocks. While I do spend time doing all of these, my real inspiration comes from a pile of fabric. Once I hold fabric in my hand and see the sizes of the pieces, a quilt will start to form in my head.
When I go to my fabric for some Scrap-A-Palooza inspiration, I tend to start by identifying fabric that no longer fits in its storage location or a piece of fabric that is no longer loved and needs to go. I then just start digging around for other pieces that go with it. During this process, usually something forms in my mind and I come up with a plan.
My next Scrap-A-Palooza fabric pull started with the black and white fabrics. As I sew up my RSC15 blocks, I am left with pieces that are too small to use. Some of these pieces are only about 3" wide and I am sure I have other scraps that are even smaller. I really want to get these out of my stash.
I love to see bright colors paired with black and white prints so at first, I was pawing through my color bins to see what inspired me. Then I thought - Aha! This is a great project to use up some of my smaller chunks of solids. I have learned the hard way to not mix different lot numbers on solids so when I start a new project, I like to start with a large piece of yardage. So this leaves me lots of leftovers.
Perfect for a project like this one.
I really loved these turquoises with the pinks and purples so these will be my color palette. What will I do? The black and white prints are mostly long and narrow pieces. Some are very small chunks, others are the width of the fabric. To get the best yield, I need to use these in smaller pieces and keep it scrappy. The solid pieces are almost all width of fabric chunks. So I know I can have multiple pieces of each color. So I am thinking I will do something scrappy in the center of a block with the prints and frame them (somehow) with the solids.
Now I just need to start playing - I will soon share what I come up with!
How are you inspired?