Sunday, January 22, 2012

Inspiration

Shattered

Shattered - a wall quilt.

Shattered

I was thinking about making a mini-quilt for the Tangerine Tango Challenge. And I had been paper piecing jaggy strips for the Mystery QAL. Then I got an email from Hadley, Flying Blind on a Rocket Cycle, who said "...ask me again for ideas when I am not shattered!"

Shattered

Well, then the Rolling Stones were playing in my head - playing Shattered. Loudly. And I knew what to do.

Shattered

I downloaded the song (Shattered) from i-tunes because it is nicer to hear it in stereo - you can get preview it on itunes or listen to it here in a live version by the Rolling Stones on youtube. I grew up with this music, but I guess not all of you will have this song in your bones. And I understand feeling "shattered", as Hadley meant it,  but it is not something most Canadians say.

Shattered

This quilt is 13.5" by 14.5". It is made from tangerine and other orange cottons on a Kona Charcoal background. The quilting is machine stitched with a darker grey thread using a walking foot but I did not mark the quilt before stitching. I let the shattered inspiration carry me along. The binding and back are also Kona Charcoal.

The email came Thursday and I started it that night. Finished hand stitching the binding this morning. Inspiration, when it hits, is a powerful thing.

Edited to add:

A big thank you to Jodi at Pleasant Home for featuring my blog today for her Needle Little Inspiration feature (I honestly did not know this in advance of this post.) She has written the nicest feature about me.
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And, I am linking this up with Sew {Modern} Monday over at Canoe Ridge Creations, and with Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story, where there are always other wonderful projects to see.

Fresh Poppy Design{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations



Best,

Leanne


59 comments:

  1. Complete stunner. I'm heading up what will undoubtedly be a long list of admirers!

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  2. I absolutely love it Leanne. It's perfect.
    Fantastic piecing and love the stitching.

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  3. That is f***ing amazing! So amazing it needs the swearing to ive it the correct emphasis!

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  4. It is the morning for stunning quilts- first Hadley's, now this beauty!!! I love this!! And the quilting just sets it off so well! I need to pin this one!! Congratulations on a great job, Leanne!

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  5. Oooh - Jumping Jack Lightning Flash!

    This is truly magnificent!

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  6. Leanne this is magnificent. What an amazingly artful quilt. Great work.

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  7. oh it is spectacular!!! i love it so so so much!

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  8. This is ..... Wow, just stunning. I love it!!! Especially the quilting. Divine.

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  9. Wow, amazing lateral thinking! Obviously that is what I intended!

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  10. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!!

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  11. Very striking, very quick! And you're right on trend, too :)

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  12. Hah, perfect idea, well inspired Hads! Love the mixture of oranges against that charcoal background, and the quilting is fab!

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  13. You are so amazingly clever, inspirational and talented. It`s simply stunning and has made me fall in love with the Kona charcoal I used in the 4x5 bee and I have my orange strings so perhaps I should make something!

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  14. Beautiful! Love the contrast in colors!

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  15. It's really fab Leanne! Love the concept and the quilting. What a gorgeous mini!

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  16. That quilt is a powerful thing. Simply amazing, Leanne!

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  17. Wow Leanne, it is just beautiful! I love the quilting, it is perfect. It is just so stunning!

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  18. Really lovely! When you're inspired you really are inspired!

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  19. Perfect "reading" of your inspiration, Leanne. Good for you for not marking your lines!

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  20. Well done! I love those pointy points in all of that orangey loveliness.

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  21. Leanne it's stunning, love the colours and the quilting looks totally shattering!!

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  22. ...because there's nothing more to add...it's all been said above...

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  23. It is work like this and a personality like yours that makes it an honor to know you!

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  24. Leanne it's a joy to read about your thought process for this gorgeous piece. We never know what it is that we see/say/do that will bring inspiration to others - or where we will receive our inspiration from.

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  25. Seriously Leanne....this is so amazing. Love love love it!! The quilting just makes it. Hmm do I have any Rolling Stone music kicking around....if that's the kind of quilting it inspires.

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  26. Gorgeous! It's making me think about turning to music for some inspiration on my swaps...

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  27. Wow! This is stunning L! You are one talented and inspiring Lady! Love it! Jxo

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  28. Oh Leane, this is beautiful, I like to think I started this one off, just a wee bit?

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  29. It looks great! I love the contrast and I love the quilting. And I like your inspiration song :)

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  30. Oh Leanne, that quilt is SOMETHING! I love it, and the backstory just makes it ore interesting.

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  31. Wow that's really beautiful! Fantastic simple pattern and the colours are so bright on the dark base! x Teje

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  32. This is so unique and amazing, Leanne. Great story, great inspiration, great quilt.

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  33. Leanne, amazing! You've made a beautiful quilt here. Love the dark background with the bright oranges.

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  34. Wow! Leanne, it's awesome! I love it!

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  35. This is stunning! And the quilting is the perfect complement. I always forget how amazing quilting can be when done in a colour slightly different from the fabric. love it!!!

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  36. This is awesome! I just found your blog via Pleasant Home and will be looking at your back posts. Love it so far!

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  37. I have to say that is amazing. Wonderful wall Quilt. New to your blog thanks to the wonderful referral you got.

    http//richardquilts.blogspot.com

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  38. That is a wonderful quilt, I love the echo of all the lines.

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  39. Wow! Sooo fun! Thanks for sharing!

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  40. Your quilt is inspiring! Beautiful work!

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  41. Leanne, this is incredible! Truly a work of art. Talk about inspiration! Amazing detail, and the quilting is perfect.

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  42. Wow...I'm too shattered to even comment. Seriously now - what a talent you are. :)

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  43. The quilting on this is just awesome. It really just makes the quilt 100% cooler. Very unique

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  44. WOW! That is AWESOME! Your quilting is cool, the layout, stunning.

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  45. Holy cow! That is AMAZING, Leanne! The colors, the shapes, the quilting ... it's all perfection. Great job. : )

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  46. Love the colour and stitching. Great job.

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  47. Really so awesome... love the sharp points and all that orange!! Stunning!

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  48. This is really amazing and that quilting is perfect! Thanks for linking up to Slash the Stash!

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  49. Fantastic Quilt! I love the colours, the angles and the quilting with all those lovely sharp points. Well done!

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