By Paula Stoddard, QM Associate Editor
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Once upon a time I was eating lunch with my sweet, cute hubby at our favorite Panera restaurant.
As we were sitting there eating, I noticed the fabric on the bench behind my sweet, cute hubby. Whose name is Dan, by the way.
I’m not really into the gold look, but I was drawn to the design. It’s kind of hard to be discreet when taking a picture during the busy lunch hour in the middle of a restaurant, but I persevered. All in the name of a possible quilt design. Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this. My husband is pretty sure that I am.
I tucked this photo away for a rainy day to play with, which came about when coming up with a design for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, volume 9.
I played with several fabrics from Quilting Treasures, and came up with this fun combination using Metro by Studio 8 for Quilting Treasures. Because this block was inspired by a lunch date at Panera, I wanted to be all creative and name it something like Almond Chicken Salad Surprise or Double Chocolate Chip Heaven, but as you can see, I just couldn’t make that work.
I really like this design – it has so many possibilities. One fun thing I discovered, besides all of the fun things you can do with color to create very different quilt designs, is that you can play with the quadrants of the block – rotating them differently within the block – to create a completely new block that lends itself to a whole new set of possible quilt designs. If you follow along on Quiltmaker’s Block Network, I explore all of the possibilities for this block on a future episode, so you’ll have to stay tuned!
So, please tell me I’m not alone! Where do you find your quilty inspiration?