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Thread: Emergency Inspiration

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    Last October my husband gave me a 50th birthday present of a trip to Jamaica. After 7 years of marriage, it was our first trip that we went on "just because". It wasn't business, and we weren't visiting family. We wanted to go brain dead and catch a good case of beach gravity. We picked a smaller, all-inclusive, NO CHILDREN, resort in Negril (called "Couples"). It was just what the doctor ordered "no worries mon". We soon met another couple (because I tried to swipe his book ) and while there they became engaged. They've just told us that they plan to marry in Jamaica, same place, same time, and invited us as their witnesses (as if I needed a REASON to return to paradise!).

    Natuarally, I thought an ideal wedding present would be a quilt. Even more, I thought the best I could do was to use one of the wall hangings from the hotel (fabric wall hanging, no quilting on it, just draped fabric) that had the two intertwined palm trees that is the resort logo. The wall hanging has quite intricate stylized designs around the palm trees, and I thought I would use it as a "panel" and quilt the design. I asked the hotel if I could buy one, but alas, they did not have one for sale :(.

    So .... I guess I need to put to good use the "Landscape Design" book and DVD that I bought from RedGarnet222 here on the QB. Decided I wanted to use just batiks, so I pulled out most of the batiks I own and, printed scores of pictures of beaches and palm trees, printed samples of landscape quilts, and ....

    I'm inspired :)

    Now if I can only convert that inspiration to my fingers and actually CREATE IT!!
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    That sounds wonderful! I can imagine it and I haven't seen that logo at all. You'll have fun creating - even through the trials of going from thought to product - and they'll be blessed by receiving it. What a deal!

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    Ah Jamaica, mon!

    Lots of blue, greens and beautiful water and white sand! Beaches and just a wonderful get away!
    (I haven't been there since 1976 but would love to go back.)

    Can't wait to see the quilt you make.
    Have fun!

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    Good luck! You have quite a collection to work with! We're headed to Belize for Spring Break so maybe I'll come home with some inspiration!

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    What a great story!! Thanks for sharing with us :)
    Oh and I love your fabrics! :D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    What a great story!! Thanks for sharing with us :)
    Oh and I love your fabrics! :D:D
    Me too :)

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    Fantastic fabric picks !! You can do it, grab that big ol roll of freezer paper and sketch out a pattern, from the inspirational info you have and go at it.
    or assorted pineapple blocks
    Good Luck, anything with those color combos will be Great!!

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    hi watchout for cpywright if it is the resorts logo------the fabrics look wonderfull cant wait to see the quilt---whay a perfect wedding present for them

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    Great fabrics - just be careful about the logo it may have a copyright. A palm tree scene would be terrific.

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    Great material!

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    What a great story. Wonderful fabric collection.

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    I can't get my husband out of Ky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jemma
    hi watchout for cpywright if it is the resorts logo------the fabrics look wonderfull cant wait to see the quilt---whay a perfect wedding present for them
    I'm not making the "logo" ... I'm just making two intertwined palm trees. Their copywritten logo is a solid light blue and . The wall hanging from the rooms is styleized intertwined palms with red (?) leaves. I'm making something "similar". Plus, when the hotel wrote me to tell me the wall hanging wasn't available, not only did they offer a different one, but I also replied that I was going to make my own. So they've been informed.

    I also get the feeling from the place that even if I re-produced the logo exactly they would be flattered. It's the kind of resort that has an open online message board for both past and future guests. A good percentage of their business is repeat business. In fact, some people have reproduced similar likenesses to the logo (the intertwined palms) in ceramic tiles, paintings, etc. and posted pictures on the resorts message board.

    "no worries mon. Irie!"

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    Neat story! You have a wonderful selection of fabrics! :)

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    Post progress photos!!!

    I am drooling over your batiks.

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