The library emailed me yesterday to say they had a copy of Color Harmony for Quilts by the FunQuilts couple (Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr – how cool of a name is Weeks!) on hold for me. In desperate need of some inspiration I got Oscar dressed and headed out beyond the safety of my block.
Here’s some wonderfulness from the Funquilts book… I hope I’m able to take their beginning quiltmaking class when they offer it.
I also checked out this book, Rennie Mackintosh Inspirations in Embroidery by Dorothy Wood. I was lured in by the beautiful bright pink color. It has gorgeous photographs but I didn’t find as much inspiration in there as I was thinking I would. Although I do love these “seed heads and other organic forms”. They look like aliens.
The third quilting book I got at the library, Japanese Quilts by Jill Liddell & Yuko Watanabe, is my crafting salvation. I’m so inspired by all the beautiful quilts in there. The colors and designs. I’m re-energized. I’m going to head out today on one of my favorite field trips, the thrift store. Maybe I’ll even go to the fabric store. And then tonight I’m going to finish one or more of the projects I’ve heavy heartedly started over the past few days and just abandoned.
look how pretty…
Late Fall by Junko Okuyama. Can you imagine trying to piece this together! I love the feeling of motion. I am so awful with perspective, I’m totally awed by this.
Autumn Leaves by Emiko Kosei. Notice a theme here? I love the branch and star leaf design and the colors – how some leaves are all one fabric and others are mixed. And then the circle quilting pattern between the leaves. so good.
Morning Mist by Kumiko Miura. She says, “I love the subtle stripes of so many of our traditional fabrics, so I visited our local textile mill and brought striped aizu cotton (used for everyday kimono) to mix with my other cottons to try and create the chevron effect of young leaves.” It’d be cool to try something similar with the striped yarn dyes found in our quilt shops.
Clouds over Pine Tees by Sanae hatori and Etsuko Kawamura. Very traditional Japanese design.. except for the gold lame!
Doll’s Festival by Rieko Hattori. This miniature quilt is 14″ x 14″. Dolls and peach blossoms – of course I love it!
And finally, Late Autumn by Nobuko Kamata. A grandmother’s flower garden which I love. Cool big hexagons with all those intricate borders inside. Amazing! And the quilted floral centers. I’d love to try a quilt like this.