Friday, January 2, 2015

Inspiration From Key West

About 12 years ago, I had an AHA moment.  It was the beginning for me of looking at the world through a quilter's pair of glasses. It was prior to the the popularity of quilt teachers and magazine articles talking about finding inspiration from your environment.  I came to this concept independently and early on.  I remember exactly where I was.  I was in the bathroom in a hotel in Sanibel, Florida. I looked at the wallpaper and thought that its design would make a beautiful quilt.  Then I noticed the carpet in the hallway and the pavers in the sidewalk and the brick patterns of the buildings. 

Now I am always looking at architecture and patterns and even other art for my own inspiration. It is one of my joys while I travel.  Fellow travelers look at me with an odd look, until they understand what I am photographing and then they begin to point out potential photo topics for me!

 Key West is full of art and color.  While I am here I will share a weekly post with photos of what i think could be the genesis of a quilt.  The photos that follow were taken on one of my morning walks.  It includes art work seen through gallery windows as well as color on the street and even the repition of pattern on a toddlers romper.


  1. Great shots and great inspiration. I do think we look at the world in a different way, everything is a potential art piece.


  2. great photo inspiration! I'll be in Key West in March for my first visit.

  3. I love the colorful wagons....of course I do.

  4. Such colors. Can't wait for next inspired piece.


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