I recently spent 2 weeks in Northern Italy with my family and my parents. We flew into Milan and spent time in Varese (near Lake Maggiore), Venice, Maranello (at the Ferrari museum), Lucca, Pisa, and Florence. Yes I know, you are jealous and it was FABULOUS! Interspersed with all of the beautiful scenery and fantastic historical sites, I found some amazing quilty inspiration halfway around the world.
I saw this paper placemat when we were having lunch in Venice one day. I think the flowers would make a wonderful applique design and I found the color palette really interesting.
Also in Venice, at the Santa Maria della Salute, was this beautiful tile floor.
This wrought iron would make a great quilting motif:
At the request of my almost 11 year old, we spent a day in Pisa to see the tower.
First, let me just say, it really is leaning and you can feel it when you climb the spiral stairs to the top. Not for the faint of heart or those who fear heights (not that I know anything about that!) Around the base of the tower was this square in a square design.
Around the exterior were these wonderful quilt blocks.
Next to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, is the Duomo (cathedral) attributed to Santa Maria Assunta. I found some very familiar patchwork designs in the architecture.
With beautiful views into the valley below, this farmhouse had it’s own quilty vibe. Look at this tile that was in the kitchen.
And this ceiling:
A quick stopover in Paris, France on our way home found these fabulous window displays at the Hermès store. They are spools of thread arranged to create various objects.
And my favorite – a shoe!
Next time you take a trip, near or far, keep your eyes open. You never know where you may find quilty inspiration!