Where do you go for Quilty Inspiration? Giveaway!

I’m continually amazed at the never-ending stream of quilty inspiration on the internet. I was trying to get to sleep early tonight, but I started visiting some of my favorite quilt-related sites, and now it’s late and I have to get up early. But I started thinking…where else do our readers go for inspiration? Here is a list of some of my favorite places:

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Art Quilts by Tina Curran features interesting, exciting color schemes that leave me breathless. Be sure to visit all three galleries: large quilts, small quilts, and Christmas series.

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Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville! If you haven’t visited yet, you don’t know what you’re missing. More than forty free quilt patterns are listed down the right-hand side. These are guaranteed to get you sewing! Some of my favorites are Patches & Pinwheels, Chunky Churndashes and Boxy Stars.

The International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska has its entire collection (literally thousands of quilts) online and searchable. Be prepared, you can spend hours looking at these treasures.

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Just for fun, try your hand at the Art Pad Digital Canvas.

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This tool gets a different part of your brain thinking, working and creating. Check out other people’s paintings to see what is possible with the art pad.

For color beyond your dreams, try out this Color Scheme Designer.

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Click on the myriad options and you’ll be amazed at how this could revolutionize the color choices in your quilts.

Where do you go for Quilty Inspiration? I’d love to know. Leave a comment with a favorite online inspiration and on Tuesday, July 20, I’ll select a winner who will receive a very inspirational box of fabric and other quilty goodness. And hopefully I haven’t kept you up all night!

Update: The random winner is Lisa, comment #50. Thanks to everyone for participating!

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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87 Responses to Where do you go for Quilty Inspiration? Giveaway!

  1. Lisa says:

    Congratulations Lisa #50!

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  3. Marie says:

    Why do you post giveaways and say you’ll draw the winner on a certain date, but then you don’t–or at least you don’t announce the winner promptly? That’s not very inspirational!

  4. flutefish says:

    Definitely the local quilt shop. They have so many pretty fabrics and sample quilts I can definitely come home with something to make if I didn’t have something already!

  5. Shelley says:

    I am fairly new to this quilting addiction and must say that the internet is brillant for inspiration. I start with Flickr, then find blogs and click thru to blogs that they like etc. etc. Would love to have a brillant mind to design my own quilts, but at the moment I am happy to copy other peoples ideas until i feel more confident.

  6. Tamie says:

    I have gotten inspired recently by so many great blogs… not only do they offer pictures but tutorials and suggestions.

  7. MoeWest says:

    I go to the internet and my books for inspiration. Lately I’ve discovered how many great blogs there are!

  8. Colleen says:

    I love the sew mama sew site and stash resolution!

  9. karie says:

    I get my inspiration from quilt blogs mostly and other times from magazines.
    kbsteuber at yahoo dot com

  10. delia says:

    Every now and then, I see a really cute design on a blog that I think I could actually attempt. There are lots of good patterns at quilterscache.com

  11. I go to blogs for inspiration. I also really love looking at the quilts my great grandmother made. Anything geometric makes me think quilts.

  12. Tong says:

    I love going to flickr for inspiration, and sometimes ordinary everyday objects can become source of inspiration too, like boyfriend’s geeky software engineering magazine, flowers in the yard, and colours of my plates.

  13. Jill B says:

    I get most of my quilting inspiration by browsing photos on flickr, and by following some inspiring blogs!

  14. Anne says:

    I read blogs, check out flickr and also get inspiration from my quilting group, those gals are so clever.

  15. Belinda Gelhausen says:

    I have a list of blogs I check regularly – they give me soooo much inspiration. Currently, though, I’m highly inspired by Cherri House and her book City Quilts!

  16. Janet says:

    I find the internet mostly just makes me feel tired. What inspires me most is taking small pieces of fabric and playing with them, puttting them together, adding a bit more, and a bit more until suddenly I have a vision of what the end will look like.

  17. NorahS says:

    My favorite places to get inspiration is Flickr. I will also Google quilty term and see what I find there.

  18. Adrienne says:

    I am a new quilter and I also enjoy Quiltville for inspiration. Mostly I just really love to cruise around Flickr and see what other quilters are doing. I really find the people on Flickr to be so amazing and inspiring!

  19. I visit Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville, too, but I also get lots of inspiration from just visiting other blogs. I am amazed at how many talented folks are out there.

  20. Barb in MI says:

    Yes, I have been to most of them. Apart from flickr I always love to check out V’s blog Bumblebeans. So creative and inspiring! Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Darlene Lindsey says:

    I’m completely hooked on quilting blogs (finally started one myself)…LOVE Bonnie over at Quiltville…I think I’d have to say my favorite is the Moda Bake Shop for quilty inspiration.

  22. Vicki says:

    I read so many great quilting blogs and that’s where a lot of inspiration comes from. Flickr is another great place to find wonderful ideas.

  23. Andi says:

    In addition to all the places mentioned, I love to visit quilt guild websites, and look at their Show & Tell photos. I also look for photos posted from quilt shows around the country

  24. Carla says:

    Wow those are some very inspiring places you go to. I usually get my inspiration from other quilters such as http://www.bumblebeansinc.com/, http://www.ohfransson.com/, http://mrsmoen.blogspot.com/, and http://exuberantcolor.blogspot.com/. These ladies always think outside the box and help me do the same. Thank you for hosting this giveaway and the new inspirations!

  25. Char says:

    I love Bonnie Hunter also. I’m a member of Quilt With Us at Connecting Threads and I love to just look through the photos as there are more than 30, 000 of them. Lots of inspiration!

  26. Jorie says:

    I get my inspiration from other bloggers, flickr, and even simply google images sometimes! I have so many beautiful quilts and projects bookmarked on my browser that I am surprised I can ever fit more!

  27. SewLindaAnn says:

    I get inspiration from so many places, things and people. I love blogland and it’s opened up so many ideas my bookmarks are overflowing. Magazines and antique shops, someone’s shirt I see in passing sometimes makes me pull out my little pad and draw. I’ve bookmarked those sites you love, and can’t wait to check them out.

  28. Deci Worland says:

    I recently found this great site http://www.vam.ac.uk/activ_events/do_online/index.html
    they have a generator where you can turn any photo into a quilt pattern.

  29. Sally says:

    I’ve only made one quilt so far…so I have quite got my quilting inspiration flowing yet. I just had these little scrap bags that sat and sat, and I thought and thought, and then I sewed a bit and just started trying something out! I do like to troll around blog-land and see what others are making and that has given me some ideas.

  30. I have lots of places for quilt inspirations. I have a huge list of blogs I follow that always have great ideas. I also get a quilting magazine that has lots of fun ideas. Lately, I have really enjoyed going to art stores to get inspiration. Sometimes recreating some of the modern paintings in quilts can be a lot of fun :)

  31. Beatrice says:

    I am a Bonnie Hunter’s big fan from years . Hugs from France

  32. Heidi F says:

    I always go to my quilting magazines.. I keep them all and sometimes I grab the old ones and page through them. And I usually see things I haven’t noticed in the past.

  33. Hannah says:

    I find lots of inspiration from reading quilting blogs or flipping through flickr pools. Sometimes, though, it just takes getting some beautiful fabric in my hands and seeing what happens!

  34. carmel says:

    so many places.
    i love looking at zakka magazines, sewing and quilting blogs and something alls that realy deturmens the things i’ll make for my house is looking at exterior and interior design blogs like http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/

  35. Jennifer says:

    I’m always looking online but the most inspirational pieces are antique quilts – I love looking at the patterns and trying to figure out how to reproduce the block/pattern using modern tools, rulers, fabrics and shortcuts.

  36. Patty says:

    I look at blogs and on flickr. I love to see how different people use the same pattern in their own colors.

  37. Lisa England says:

    I like quilterscache.com for the many block ideas

  38. Renae says:

    I actually get most of my inspiration online – I have my RSS reader set up for a few blogs (Jaybird quilts and Moda Bake Shop) and then I follow on from there.

  39. Esther says:

    I love to visit Jody at A Pleasant Home blog http://www.pleasant-home.com/ She does a great job featuring various quilters which always finds me adding to my project list! Of course, sometimes my best inspiration comes from my kids–they often have fun ideas for color combinations that I would never even consider.

  40. NonniO says:

    OOPs, left out the last part….
    online catalogs… anykind… they all have great graphics!

  41. NonniO says:

    I look around me, walls, tiles on floors, scenery, the beauty around me. Sometimes it is what someone is wearing in the elevator and I have to hold back to keep from asking if I can sketch the design!! Also, my stacks of scrapbooking magazines are hugely helpful! LOL

  42. Kim says:

    I go online- I love quilting blogs like Selvage Blog and All People Quilt- and I also look through my stacks of quilt magazines- American Patchwork and Quilting, Cloth Paper Scissors, and Quilter’s Home to name a few. Or I go outside- nature is always very inspiring and the fresh air recharges my batteries!
    P.S. I am turning 50 on the 21st- this would be the most wonderful birthday present!

  43. Cecilia Young says:

    I like to look through quilt magazines, quilt blogs, such as p.s.I quilt, and Amy’s creative side and I really enjoy going to quiltville. Bonnie Hunter is such an inspiration with all of her scrappy quilts. I’ve also enjoyed reading your blog. I’ve just recently found it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  44. I find inspiration from fabric, quilty blogs, and Flickr. My favorite blogs include Cluck, Cluck, Sew, p.s. quilt, and Amy’s Creative Side.

  45. Nancy Sue Phillips says:

    I get inspired by nature and it’s colors. I’m a newbie quilter and my color palatte is a crapfest. I find the color combinations even in our burnt summer lawns and the scrappy flowering weeds to be inspiring. As far as online inspiration, I find it everywhere in these blogs. Too many to list :) I’ve not renewed an online quilting channel subscription, because I never have time to watch it. I find more than I can handle on the blogs :) It’s awesome. Thank you for this question, as reading other comments are a giveaway prize in itself.

  46. Nana says:

    my own photo gallery has been my most recent inspiration, mostly photos from my flower garden and yard.

  47. Marcia says:

    Blogs, Flickr, magazines, and PBS shows inspire me. Blogs I enjoy include yours, Oh Fransson, p.s.i.quilt, jaybird, tallgrass studios, loft creations, Fat Quarterly, Quilt Dad, I’m just a man who quilts, gene black, and bejewelled. There are dozens that I check weekly and would never get any quilting done if spent all day at it. My Mom and I share quilt magazines, though we are cutting back. We also watch TV together at lunch time: Love of Quilting, Quilt in a Day, America Sews, Quilting Arts, Nancy Z, and Martha Pullen. For colors, besides the ones mentioned, I also look at pantone’s web site. Thanks for this giveaway. mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  48. Sandi says:

    I love the Color Scheme Designer (there are several out there that I use), but if you’re looking for a jump start, check out Kuler (http://kuler.adobe.com). This site has pre-designed color schemes! It’s a great way to trigger an idea.

  49. Gwen says:

    I’m just getting back into quilting, so I generally just start looking at blogs online for inspiration. However, I am usually inspired by the Fresh Modern Quilts flickr group!

  50. Christine M says:

    I get my inspiration from members of our Quilting Guild. Each month the show and tell gets you so inspired and gives great ideas. I also love looking at other people’s blogs.

  51. Angie says:

    Blogs, blogs, and blogs. There is so much inspiration…..

  52. Lisa says:

    So many blogs inspire me, also websites such as quiltindex.org and http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org among many others. These inspire me to recreate traditional designs. Typically when I come up with an original design, it’s after I have spend a lot of time outside drinking in all the beauty of nature, architecture, and even interior design inspires me. Sometimes my muse doesn’t let me focus on the other work I do 40+ hours per week, but that’s alright…that kind of distraction is welcome for sure. Thanks for the chance to win!

  53. Debbie says:

    I get lots of inspiration from all the quilty blogs I have in my google reader (a couple hundred?). There are so many great quilty blogs!

  54. janita abbas says:

    http://www.ohfransson.com. has very cute things and Bonnie Hunter’s site quiltville is definately worth a visit. There are so many sites on the internet that are inspiring. Thank you for the giveaway.

  55. Alana says:

    I love paging through books and magazines, but when I’m playing on the computer I think my favorite is http://www.ohfransson.com. She designs and sells beautiful patterns and shares her fun and inspiring quilts on her blog.

  56. Lynn D in NC says:

    Inspiration comes from a variety of places. Usually just looking at my fabric and patterns is enough. If I need more, magazines, blogs, catalogues or participating in a fabshophop…you see everything there.

  57. Mona Kuntz says:

    I get my inspiration from quilting mags — I look at a quilt and think about what I like and what I’d do differently. I’ve also used interesting photographs, postcards, and paintings as my inspiration. But no matter how closely I want to follow a pattern or my inspiration, my subconscious always takes over and I come up with something a little different than I planned. That’s the fun of quilting.

  58. Deb G. says:

    I like looking thru quilt magazines and books. I also enjoy reading several quilting blogs. I’ve learned lots of good info from some of the tutorials posted.

  59. lisa says:

    I used to be a part of the American Patchwork Quilting bloggers (when it was allpeoplequilt.com) and a bunch of us (just readers who had their own blogs hosted by apq) are now on blogger. I check them out a lot. Such a diverse group of quilters. I also love the Moda BakeShop.

  60. Sandy Allen says:

    I go to quilt shows in my area and take pictures of quilts I love. I then add them to my webshots album and look through them whenever I need inspiration. I also look through other webshot albums for inspiration. Lots of good things out there!

  61. Chris says:

    The internet is a great resource for quilters today, it is like the quilting bee of years ago. Great sharing of techniques and tutorials are out there. I find something new almost everyday. My all time favorite is Bonnie Hunter. So many ideas and ways to use scraps.

  62. Linda says:

    I’m a watercolorist and I think of some of the paintings I’ve done; that were pleasing. The designs are useful sometimes; the different hues are always useful, as they are my favorites. Thanks so for sharing,love,Linda

  63. Nancy B from Many LA says:

    I read a lot of blogs and get ideas from them

  64. Brenda says:

    I go to Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran’s collaborative quilting books to be inspired by their bright colours and wonky liberated designs. online I’m inspired by the creativity at the selvage blog by Karen Griska. thanks for the chance to win!

  65. LoriD says:

    The Quilt Index is where I go for inspiration!! And my list of bloggy friends.

  66. Maryann says:

    I find inspiration in my fellow quilter’s work, in an Art Group that I belong to, also in magazine ads and quilting publications. I live at the beach so the world around me is inspiring too.

  67. Nancy says:

    I love searching through Flickr and Webshots for inspiration. I also visit lots of quilting blogs. Now if I just had the time to make all the quilts swirling around in my mind!

  68. I can think of several ways that I find inspiration. The first is quilt magazines and books. I love looking at them for ideas and inspiration. I belong to a quilting group. We meet monthly. I am always inspired when I see the projects, patterns, fabric and completed tops of my quilting friends. I also get lots of inspiration from my blogging friends. I visit blogs daily and get lots of ideas. Thanks!

  69. Mary Val says:

    P.S. re: Patches and Pinwheels. That’s on my “to do” list. My sister picked that pattern for her quilt. (making quilts for my sister, and for her 2 daughters, my pretty girls.) We’re discussing color schemes for it.

  70. Mary Val says:

    WOW! Love that Color Scheme Designer, that has a bookmark by it. I am a sucker for color. It’s everything in a quilt. Your design can be stunning, it can be technically perfect, but if the colors aren’t right, the quilt won’t be what you wanted it to be. I love to go through books and magazines for inspiration, although I use the internet extensively too — blogs, favorite designers, favorite shops – for inspiration too. Fabric inspire me. Hanging out at the quilt shop and finding a group of fabrics that sing to me usually leads to a quilt. Quilt shows are a big source of inspiration, I go to all of them I can.

  71. Katie B says:

    There are so many places! I read lots of blogs and look on flickr too. Oh, Fransson is probably my favorite.

  72. sy says:

    these are great websites for inspiration. thanks for sharing. i love moda bake shop and sew mama sew blog, i’ll search their quilt tags. i also love going to flickr and search for pictures.

  73. Doina says:

    I use only the internet for inspiration. In Romania, qulting is not very well known and we have no specialized stores.

  74. jean says:

    I love looking through blogs as well as quilt magazines. I also love to go to quilt stores, just browsing through all the fabrics does it for me!

  75. Jackie Davis says:

    Pretty much every Quilt Blog I can find and look at in the time I have daily! But, I do admit I like http://www.fatcatpatterns.com – BOMs. Also, I do “Image” searches on any of the search engines to get a quick glance of quilts of a certain type. Thanks for the opportunity!

  76. SheilaC says:

    There are SO many wonderful blogs that I have found that inspire me!!
    Just a few:
    Crazy Mom Quilts, Among the Gum Tree Designers, PS I quilt, Jaybird quilts and Piece N Quilt

    Thanks for the wonderful give away and inspiration!


  77. Lisa N says:

    I find plenty of inspiration through fellow quilty bloggers. I love Moda Bake Shop ( http://www.modabakeshop.com ) though. Can’t beat all those gorgeous free patterns!!
    Off to check out all these new ( to me! ) sites! ☺

  78. Linda Kountz says:

    I use books, magazines and the internet for inspiration, I have also found wonderful quilts on blogs. Makes me want to sew sew sew. I also have a wonderful husband who understands my madness and loves all the quilts I make. (Sometimes I wonder tho) haha.

  79. Inspiration is everywhere! Lately I’ve been attracted to Sindy Rodenmayer’s Fat Cat site~ http://fatcatpatterns.com/I also like to search http://www.webshots.com/ for quilts~ loads come up! ;-)

  80. DianeY says:

    Blogs and Flickr is where I look. I am usually completely in love with the ones by Red Pepper Quilts & Oh Fransson, but there are literally dozens more out there!

  81. yvonne says:

    I start at a blog such as P.S.I Quilt and visit her favorite blogs and their favorite blogs and on and on.

  82. Shirley says:

    I usually just surf the net and check out flickr ther are some great quilts on there. Now however I am sunk and have added at least three new projects to my want to do list. Thanks (I think :) )

  83. Linda says:

    Wow. I was ready to go to bed and checked the Google Reader one more time. You snagged me! I am on overload from Tina and Bonnie. Whoa. I go to blogs…like yours…for inspiration. I love how the quilt blog world so willingly shares information and inspiration. One of my favorite blogs is http://exuberantcolor.blogspot.com/. Wanda is an amazing quilt artist and teacher.

  84. sharon gates says:

    oops = forgot to mention where I go for inspiration – Elaine Quehl is one of my favorite inspirations – she is a wonderful quilter, artist and teacher

  85. sharon gates says:

    I go outdoors – I look at the trees and clouds and color of the sky

  86. Regina says:

    I love Quiltville with Bonnie Hunter when I am in a scrappy mood, http://www.patchworktimes.com/ when I want something that is conveyed in solids and I can adapt to my fabrics easily, AllPeopleQuilt.com for some great ideas in lots of different styles, and even the websites of the different fabric manufacturers, although I get frustrated with quilts that are designed for a specific fabric line and not easily adaptable to “free choice” fabrics.

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