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    Where do you get your inspiration?

    I've had the hardest time with my latest project--a quilt for my baby boy due this fall. I went to the fabric store no less than 3 times looking for fabric (I usually pick the pattern first, then get fabric to match, but I did it the other way around this time). The first two times I ended up leaving empty handed, frustrated that all the fabrics were too feminine--even the blues were covered in flowers and hearts. I finally found a really cute rocket ship fabric, and bought 4 other colors (with subtle patterns) to match. They are perfect together. Then I thought I had the block all picked out, but now I'm second guessing it. I was going to use a star pattern to go along with the rocket ship theme, but with the size of print it seems like the pieces will be too small to really see the print. The rocketships are about 2 inches in length or so, and 1-2 inches apart. I don't want that adorable print to get lost in tiny pieces. And I want it to be different from the quilts i've made for my other kids. Most of the "traditional" blocks seem too grown up for the personality of the fabrics. I could do just 6 or 8 inch squares all pieced together, but that doesn't seem very interesting (or as much fun to make). Then I thought I might use the coordinating fabrics to make the top, then use the rocketships for the back....or save the rocket ship fabric for something else entirely (but I have no money to buy more fabric). I just can't seem to find the right way to put these fabrics together.

    Anyway....where do you get your inspiration? I can't seem to find mine.

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    browse magazines, books, on line galleries, the picture section here---relax- maybe you are 'over-thinking' it...stop at the magazine rack at the grocery store & thumb through a couple quilt magazines- lots of on-line quilt shops have galleries of customer quilts---just browse- at some point the perfect quilt will jump out at you---you will know it when you see it.
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    How about something like this? It's from the Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters book. If you make it smaller, it would be great for a kids quilt, and with the bigger centers to the blocks you could actually see the rocket ships on the fabric (where the bird print is in this picture). https://craftfoxes.com/blog/fat-quar...p-for-quilters

    I love this pattern - I am planning to make it with the Oh, Deer! line from Momo
    Last edited by JEM2012; 08-06-2012 at 12:54 PM.

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    One of the things I do when I need to find the right pattern, or fabric, or quilting motif is to lay out the offending pieces in a conspicuous place where i see it all the time, in different lights of the day. I walk past it several times a day - can't miss it.

    You never know where or when inspiration can strike.

    Most of my quilts are my own design, or modified designs. Most of my "designed" quilts started with just a basic idea and "morphed" into what they became. I have yet to design the complete quilt on paper - and make it exactly as designed. Something always happens and I get a different idea at some point down the road and ~poof~ the design has changed.

    A possible solution for your current block dilemma ... how about making the block you wanted to make but make them BIG blocks to highlight the rocket ships. Perhaps 3 BIG blocks set in a single vertical row. Border those with small blocks using the same fabrics (except the rocket ships). Small plain border in a solid color, then a large border of the rocket ships to pull it from the 3 big center blocks. Will that work??
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    I like pinterest for inspiration - just google boards with "quilt" in the title, and people have pinned so many beautiful things! It's easy to find one with your aesthetic.

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    I know it is used a lot but with a D9P the rocket could be the bigger block and the other that are cut would be smaller.

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    Decide on the colors you want first. That will narrow the field considerably. My DIL came to me with two pieces of ribbon- one plaid, and one polka dot. That gave me little more than colors, but she wanted lots of dots. I got a stripe, a polka dot, and a plaid, then looked at some prints in same color palette for her to choose from. It ended up great if I do say so myself. The only real theme from that was she wanted striped walls, so I made a quilt with monkey riding elephant carrying balloons of the different fabrics- kind of circus looking.
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    Some mornings I wake up so full of ideas I can't remember them all. other days there is NOTHING. I started drawing simple little sketches when something hits my fancy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JEM2012 View Post
    How about something like this? It's from the Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters book. If you make it smaller, it would be great for a kids quilt, and with the bigger centers to the blocks you could actually see the rocket ships on the fabric (where the bird print is in this picture). https://craftfoxes.com/blog/fat-quar...p-for-quilters

    I love this pattern - I am planning to make it with the Oh, Deer! line from Momo
    That is a really cute quilt, and I like her idea of putting the rockets in where the birds are. Can't wait to see what you do. More ideas might come if you post a picture of the fabrics.

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    I agree with DogHouseMom about using larger blocks.

    My favorite block for a baby quilt is Friendship Star. It is graphically simple, has a large center, can easily be made any size, can be set with sashing or not, and can be set with other blocks. I like using 4 or 9 patches with it. And some borders.

    On page 2 of the link, there are examples of quilts using this block.

    http://www.quilterscache.com/F/FriendshipStarBlock.html

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    I'm doing one in Warm Wishes to preserve the trucks in my fabric. It seems like an easy pattern, but with the right colors will make up just fine.
    http://teresasquiltstash.blogspot.co...t-pattern.html Here is a picture and a link to the baby size pattern. I may make every other row a different feature fabric.

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    I would cut the rocketships in a bigg block, to get the whole rocketship in the block and just put strips of the other fabrics around it, like a courthouse steps or just as little borders. When you decide how many rocketship blocks you want to use with the little borders attached. Add border or borders of the other fabrics to make to the size you want. I suggest making at least a crib size so the Baby can use it for a much longer time. Just my thoughts. I get my inspiration from all the fabrics I have and my desire to try and use it up before I check out. Good luck.
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    I get my inspiration from colors! I see colors that really grab me and I just have to make a quilt with those colors.
    I buy the fabric in the colors I want, then find a pattern that will really let them shine!

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    I can't post a link with this Android, but we used a rocket fabric for a baby quilt and posted on the QB. The title is Take 5 - Grandma's quilt for baby.

    Sometimes inspiration takes time. We are stil staring at a couple of stacks of fabric for Kim's brother and sister-in-law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Msbaby View Post
    I get my inspiration from colors! I see colors that really grab me and I just have to make a quilt with those colors.
    I buy the fabric in the colors I want, then find a pattern that will really let them shine!
    I just got my last inspiration this morning as I reached for a kleenex.....That box had the most beautiful color combination and my first thought was, I have to make make something with that.

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    How about snowball and nine patch mixed. use the little rockets in the snowball and use the other colors for the nine-patch.

    warm wishes is a really nice pattern too.
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    Why have your fabric in blocks at all? Make a big rocket ship out of the appropriate colored fabrics, scrappy style. I mean, make the fabric out of appropriate scraps, cut out a big rocket ship. Use it in the center of your quilt. Then use your rocket ship fabric as the border around it. Fill in with any thing that hits your fancy - appliqued planets, shuttles, Mars Rovers, etc.
    Lots of ways to use your fabric and showcase the rockets.

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    OOOh good idea...There is a free pattern for a rocket ship pillow on dontlooknow.typepad.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyElisabeth View Post
    Some mornings I wake up so full of ideas I can't remember them all. other days there is NOTHING. I started drawing simple little sketches when something hits my fancy.
    I'm that same way. If I'm inspired (& that can come from anywhere... seeing a quilt, seeing a pattern, finding some fabric, hearing something that would make a good name, just out of the blue), nothing can stop me. But if I'm not feeling it, I'm not feeling it. So I just have to wait those dry spells out... or fall back on an old stand-by (like Yellow Brick Road) if I need a quilt for something.

    A pattern that I have yet to make but that I've seen lots of pictures of & heard nothing but good stuff about that might work for your fabric (which sounds too cute, BTW) is "Warm Wishes". I know it's a freebie at one of the magazine sites. Just an idea...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chester the bunny View Post
    I just got my last inspiration this morning as I reached for a kleenex.....That box had the most beautiful color combination and my first thought was, I have to make make something with that.
    I'm so glad to hear you say that because my DH thinks I'm NUTS because (well, for any number of reasons... LOL!) I save Kleenex boxes to use in scrapbooking. They have really nice patterns!
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    You might want to showcase the focus --rockets--- in say an 8" square then do the other fabrics in some combo that makes an 8 inch square. I used a pattern from Quilt Harbor called Split Rail Surprise for one for my great nephew. The focus fabric was cut 8 1/2 inch squares and the 4 co-ordinates in 2 1/2 inch strips pieced then cut into 8 1/2 inch squares. Framed around the focus fabric and it turns out wonderful and fast.I made a pillowcase to go with it to keep the quilt safe in shipment --Beau enjoys his "Where the Bears Are" quilt. You could scale down to 6 1/2 squares and the strips would be cut at 2 inches ( think I have the math right.)

    Quote Originally Posted by quiltinmom View Post
    I've had the hardest time with my latest project--a quilt for my baby boy due this fall. I went to the fabric store no less than 3 times looking for fabric (I usually pick the pattern first, then get fabric to match, but I did it the other way around this time). The first two times I ended up leaving empty handed, frustrated that all the fabrics were too feminine--even the blues were covered in flowers and hearts. I finally found a really cute rocket ship fabric, and bought 4 other colors (with subtle patterns) to match. They are perfect together. Then I thought I had the block all picked out, but now I'm second guessing it. I was going to use a star pattern to go along with the rocket ship theme, but with the size of print it seems like the pieces will be too small to really see the print. The rocketships are about 2 inches in length or so, and 1-2 inches apart. I don't want that adorable print to get lost in tiny pieces. And I want it to be different from the quilts i've made for my other kids. Most of the "traditional" blocks seem too grown up for the personality of the fabrics. I could do just 6 or 8 inch squares all pieced together, but that doesn't seem very interesting (or as much fun to make). Then I thought I might use the coordinating fabrics to make the top, then use the rocketships for the back....or save the rocket ship fabric for something else entirely (but I have no money to buy more fabric). I just can't seem to find the right way to put these fabrics together.

    Anyway....where do you get your inspiration? I can't seem to find mine.

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    One idea might be to use "attic window" pattern. I just finished piecing a quilt for my grandson using that pattern. The fabric is a Route 66 print. The frames are different shades of blue. Oddly enough... the pattern in the book showed a rocket ship in just one window pane. With stars and solid colors in the rest.

    I get my inspiration from all sorts of places. It might be the fabric first or a pattern that strikes my fancy. So far, not one of my quilts have turned out like I first invisioned!!

    Let us know what you decide.



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    You could modify the free pattern called beetle boy from clothworks
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    Quote Originally Posted by laurafet View Post
    Decide on the colors you want first. That will narrow the field considerably. My DIL came to me with two pieces of ribbon- one plaid, and one polka dot. That gave me little more than colors, but she wanted lots of dots. I got a stripe, a polka dot, and a plaid, then looked at some prints in same color palette for her to choose from. It ended up great if I do say so myself. The only real theme from that was she wanted striped walls, so I made a quilt with monkey riding elephant carrying balloons of the different fabrics- kind of circus looking.
    That is one beautiful quilt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Makes me wish I had someone in my family to make one of those for!
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