I’m so happy to be a stop on the blog hop for my friend Mandy Liens’ luscious new book, Wanderlust Quilts.
Mandy and I met a couple of years ago at Quilt Market, and I was privileged to see a few sneaks of these quilts while she was working on them. I loved seeing how she interpreted the things that fascinate her through quilting.
This is a really interesting book, full of inspiration to create work from the world around you. Mandy’s background in classical archeology is evident in the projects, but it’s her love of classical art that shines through. It’s great to see a book that’s as much about making your OWN ideas as it is about making the projects offered.
I recently returned from a trip to Europe and, in my wanderings, found a few things that could definitely inspire a wanderlust quilt or two:
These are the columns on the front of the Basilica of St. Denis in Paris, France. Each column and base was carved with a different repeating pattern. I could imagine making a row-by-row based quilt that uses these carved textures as starting points for the design.
It’s also easy to see that many of the motifs we use in quilting have been in the design canon for centuries – this building was mostly finished in the 1200s! Check out the double wedding rings on the third column from the left!
Below is another image that gave me some more quilty inspiration. This one is a tiled mosaic bench from Gaudi’s Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain.
I see applique, border prints, piecework, and prairie points!
And if you’d like a chance to WIN a copy of the book (hard copy in the US, electronic elsewhere), please leave me a comment, and tell me about your most favorite quilty inspiration from non-quilt sources!
November 2: Kickoff with Maddie Kertay at Bad Ass Quilters Society
Mandy’s podcast interview with Sandi of Crafty Planner – really worth a listen!
November 3: Stephanie Palmer the Late Night Quilter
November 4: Christa Watson of Christa Quilts
November 5: Gen Q
November 6: Casey York Designs
November 7: Bill Volckening
November 8: Angela Walters
November 9: Kitty Wilkin, the Night Quilter
November 10: Lynn Harris of the Little Red Hen
November 11: Latifah Saafir Studios
November 12: Rose Hughes
November 13: Rossie Hutchison of Rossie Crafts
November 14: Sam Hunter of Hunter’s Design Studio
And on Nov 15th, back to Mandy at Mandalei for a wrap up!
UPDATE 11/17/15 – Jill B is the winner of the drawing!