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.

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Best,

Leanne


60 comments:

Little Island Quilting said...

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

Marg said...

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

Shevvy said...

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

Patchwork and Play said...

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!

Nicky said...

Oooh - Jumping Jack Lightning Flash!

This is truly magnificent!

Judith said...

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

**nicke... said...

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

Lisaleh said...

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

Flying Blind... said...

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

WandaFish said...

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!!

Rebecca said...

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

Katy Cameron said...

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

Sarah@PingsAndNeedles said...

wonderful in every way

Annabella said...

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!

The Thompsons said...

Beautiful! Love the contrast in colors!

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

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

susan said...

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

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Love it!!!!! Want one!!!!!!

Marci Girl said...

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

Erin @ Two More Seconds said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love this!

Jenny said...

That's awesome!! LOVE IT!!

Sarah said...

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

Patti said...

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

Poppyprint said...

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

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

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

Shocking Hocking said...

wow. that's all....

Shocking Hocking said...

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

Quilter in The Gap aka Rhonda said...

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

Mary Menzer said...

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.

rachael said...

oh my loveliness :) love it!!

MariQuilts said...

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.

Ella said...

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

Katie said...

This is a great entry!

Judith, Belfast said...

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

Sheila said...

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

tusen said...

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

Aunt Marti said...

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

Teje said...

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

Debbie said...

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

Heather D. said...

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

M-R said...

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

Chelsea said...

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!!!

Kim said...

Ummmmmm...LOVE THIS!!!!!!

eamylove said...

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

Richard Healey said...

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

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Sonia Barton said...

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

Kritta22 said...

Wow! Sooo fun! Thanks for sharing!

Carla Vega said...

Simply beautiful!

Lisa Ann said...

Your quilt is inspiring! Beautiful work!

Kristen said...

Gorgeous! Just pinned this! :)

Valerie said...

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

Susan said...

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

Sew.What. said...

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

A.J. Dub. said...

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

Lee said...

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

Arita said...

Love the colour and stitching. Great job.

Christie, Describe Happy said...

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

Kati said...

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

Cath said...

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

Gail Reichert said...

Is this still open? I was/am doing this on my own right now. It would be fun and motivating to join in.