Inspired Designs

The internet is such an amazing resource for finding not only quilting tutorials, but also inspiration.  From Pinterest to Instagram to the multitude of blogs, the ideas are endless.  Last week, I was accepted into the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers group being hosted by Quilting Jetgirl, Late Night Quilter, Meadow Mist Designs and Childlike Fascination.

2015 New Quilt Bloggers Group

See who joined in on the fun!

 Already I have already connected with an amazingly talented group of quilters from around the globe.  The goal of the group is to improve the technical aspects of our blogs and increase our social connections; however. I look forward to learning from everyone and improving my quilting skills as well.

While many of the projects on my “To Do” list have been inspired by other quilters, there are also a few projects that have come from everyday inspiration.One of the interesting things about living in Costa Rica are the fences people have around their homes and the bars they have on their windows.  I know this sounds like miniature prisons fill the city, yet riding around in the passenger seat all I see are potential quilt designs.

Bubbles in Granada, Nicaragua

Bubbles in Granada, Nicaragua

Sometimes I am fortunate enough to capture a (blurry) photo on my phone, sometimes I sketch out blocks while waiting in line at the immigration office or the bank.

House Fence in Heredia, Costa Rica

House Fence in Heredia, Costa Rica

To me, the country is filled with inspiration. Or maybe it’s just my one-track, quilting obsessed mind.

Window Bars in San Jose, Costa Rica

Window Bars in San Jose, Costa Rica

One of my other hobbies that also feeds itself into my quilt inspirations, photography.  I am sure many of you are familiar with the website design-seeds as a source of color palette inspiration.

Design-Seeds Fresh Brights

Design-Seeds Fresh Brights

A few months back I discovered an app on the Sherwin-Williams website that allows you to upload your own personal photos and break out the composite colors.  While design-seeds is a great site, I enjoy the personalization offered of the Let’s Chip It! app by Sherwin-Williams

It’s fun to upload your own photos and see the color breakdowns the app generates.

Sarchi Ox Cart Wheel

Costa Rican Sarchi Ox Cart Wheel

New Mexico Wild Poppy

New Mexico Wild Poppy

Costa Rican Land Crab

Costa Rican Land Crab

Being part of the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers has  energized me to finish up my WIP’s and start making real progress on my “To Do” list, incorporating the everyday inspiration that surrounds me.

Start looking for the inspiration surrounding your life!

**Disclaimer: This post does NOT contain any affiliate links.  All words and opinions are my own.**

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7 thoughts on “Inspired Designs

    • I am in love with the Sarchi Ox cart wheels! They are one of my favorite visuals of Costa Rican culture. Perhaps one day I will get the courage to make a paper pieced version of one.

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  1. I have the same feeling about the fences in Thailand. There’s a much greater variation than you’d see in the parts of Australia, the U.S., and Britain I’ve been to.

    The color breakdown app looks fun. I’ll definitely have to play with that a little.

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