One of the questions I’m most often asked is “Where do you get your inspiration?”
My short answer? “Everywhere.”
That’s usually not the answer people are looking for. They want specifics, like publication name, date, and page number, so they can see it too. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.
I don’t rely on any one source for inspiration, as I don’t want to be too heavily influenced by any one artist, quiltmaker, or writer. I want my work to be uniquely my own, taking inspiration from the corner bakery, blooming Tulip Magnolia, sunset over the Appalachians, and smiles on my beautiful children’s faces, as only I see them. My quilts are an expression of the beauty I see in everyday life.
I do capture much of that beauty in my journals, so I can refer back to it later. That’s where photographs, magazine images, fabric swatch exercises, and sketches come to live and gather and multiply into stunning quilts.
I’m truly amazed every time I sit down to design a quilt. I never run out of ideas, color palettes, or possibilities. I’ve heard other writers complain of writer’s block, but that was never a luxury I allowed myself. I continued writing, pushing through the fear of “this sounds awful” to some really great stuff. That doesn’t happen when I design a quilt. It’s all joy. Playing with color, shape, and fabric is as good as it gets.