New Issue, New Projects, and a New Contest!

With the release of the September/ October 2013 issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting only one day away, we wanted to give you a sneak peek and highlight one of the featured quilters, Amanda Murphy! Amanda wears many hats, including author, quilter, and designer, and her trademark look is based on nature. Look for Amanda’s quilt, Bella’s Garden, in this issue, and visit or the Fons & Porter Facebook page to view a three-part video series that delves into Amanda’s busy life!


Bella’s Garden by Amanda Murphy

The arrival of September brings with it the Annual Quilt Expo, held in Madison, WI! This year’s event runs from September 5th through the 7th, and will feature numerous experts, vendors with wares you’ll just have to have, and of course, a quilt contest! In the spirit of contests, we’ve got one for you! 3 lucky winners will each receive two tickets to the Quilt Expo!

To enter to win, leave a comment telling us if nature inspires you as it does Amanda Murphy! This is a 24-hour long contest and will end on Wednesday, August 21st, at 8:00 a.m., CST.

ETA: This contest is now closed. Tanks to all for participating! Congratulations to our winners: Debra N., Judy M., and Lynette!


This entry was posted in Fons & Porter Blog, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

254 Responses to New Issue, New Projects, and a New Contest!

  1. Robert Stanulis says:

    Nature inspires me, but I don’t have Amanda’s talent of quilting it.

  2. Linda Cartwright says:

    That is such a beautiful quilt! I always try to take colors from nature and out them in my quilts!

  3. melinda says:

    I like nature inspired colors, but my quilts tend toward traditional

  4. Linda says:

    Yes. The brighter the better!

  5. Ellen Shaw says:

    I just finished 2 quilts for granddaughters. Made with appliqué “tweet-tweets” on branches with colors from the outdoors!! I love the nature colors.

  6. LaJuan Lee says:

    How could nature not inspire us? God’s work is incredible. We, quilters, are driven to copy His beautiful work in fabric. And, He never fails to inspire us!!

  7. LeAnn Frobom says:

    Nature inspires me — but not nearly as well as it inspires Amanda Murphy!

  8. Wendy Rottner says:

    nature is always inspiring me – shapes, colors, patterns…..

  9. Debra Gibbs says:

    I have always gravitated towards earth tones and with all the lovely new fabrics out it gets easier and easier to do that….I have a little hoard of 5″ squares of the Bittersweet collection by Benartex. It has a gorgeous eggplant color in it that makes me drool.

  10. Connie says:

    I love to pic my colors as the seasons change especially love the fall colors being I am from New England, now living in SC.

  11. Diane Muska says:

    Always inspired by nature. I love to add applique to my quilts and gravitate to flowers; also love to use earth tones. Her quilt is amazing!!

  12. Sue Jones says:

    I love the forest and animals and so I navigate toward those kind of themes.

  13. Debra Mack says:

    I am a beef cattle rancher, which naturally give me colors to play with as well as form. Example a field of native grass has,,,has lavenders, blues, yellows, greens, blue greens,browns, grays..the sky the whole range of blues. forms…fence lines, round bales of hay, a rolling horizon, animals ..cattle, goats, horses and the smiles of grandchildren in what you create for them.

  14. Lovely quilt. I’m inspired by nature often

  15. Lynette says:

    My sewing machine is beside a large window, so while most of my quilts are from scraps I have a view to inspire as I create!!! I love sunsets and would love to make a quilt with those colors!

  16. Jennifer Baldwin says:

    Every season inspires me to start a new project and to get into the spirit of that time of year!

  17. Brenda Sheets says:

    We live in a log cabin, in the woods, on a lake. We are surrounded by nature’s colors all year long. But, I love fall’s warm, earthy colors that are so appropriate for our home.

  18. Linda Potts says:

    One of my favorite quilts, that I made, was out the kitchen window. It was the view I saw every morning as a child when I went out the back door of our farm house, right down to the cows in the pasture waiting to be milked. I belong to a charity quilt group so I donated the quilt to Linus.

  19. How can you NOT be inspired by nature and all the colors she has to offer! Mother Earth is all around us, everyday is a Blessing! And to be able to transfer that wonderment of color onto fabric is a tremendous talent that a quilter wants to achieve and share with others. I still an learning through trial and error, but I’m getting there! Ps..I love it!

  20. Sandy Boyette says:

    yes nature does inspire me – whether it is the flowers, weeds, animals. I would like to one day take a photo of our pond in the spring/summer and turn it into a wallhanging.

  21. Beulah says:

    Yes! Nature inspires me!!! I am a self proclaimed Abstract Naturalist! :)

  22. Mary Hidalgo says:

    Beautiful quilt. Believing In Santa Clause, because I would love to get back into sewing an quilting. My machine was dropped 4 yrs ago and is totally destroyed, moving mishaps can happen. Now that I put all my wants on the back burner and puts the kids wants first. Guess that’s what being a parent is all about. Maybe one day Santa won’t over this old mama.

  23. Evelyn L. Ieler says:

    As A quilter and A painter nature has always been important for me.

  24. Nancy E Brennan says:

    How can nature not inspire someone. God has given us beauty everywhere, we just have to figure how our own eyes interpret it! Thanks Nancy

  25. Tiffany Lamb says:

    I love the soft colors of the quilt. It reminds me of early spring. I take a lot of inspiration from nature and am always taking photos and referring back to them. The colors are amazing. I just finished a 5″ twister quilt done in Autumn colors, much like you would see at the end of a Farmer’s Market.

  26. Vicki Knepp says:

    I too live in a cabin in the woods. In the fall the view of the trees is like a giant multi-colored quilt stretching forever in front of me. Nature is the basis for everything I do, it influences my color choices (browns, golds, oranges in the Fall; pastels and greens in the Spring) and inspires me to try to duplicate its glory in my creations, whether it is in fabric or paint.

  27. Teresa says:

    Amanda’s quilt is beautiful. I’m new to quilting but I’m so inspired by God’s wonderful creations in nature.

  28. Diana Maxwell says:

    Love the nature quilts. Have always wanted to do a applique flower quilt. Just a little scared. One day….

  29. cynthia daugherty says:

    i’m not one to applique flowers or make landscape quilts….but i love picking my colors based on what is in bloom in my flower garden, cone flowers in bloom…make a quilt with purple, deep jewel tones for my maroon daylilies that make me smile, a dark storm day, get out the blacks and greys, etc. i just love making quilts and giving them away. people are always surprised to see someone was thinking of them.

  30. Lori Janowski says:

    I love Amanda’s choose of colors for her quilt pattern. I also find myself inspired by water and nature themes in my quilts. I actually have to force myself to move away from them once in awhile for variety.

  31. D. A. Furr says:

    Nature is a very strong source of inspiration especially for color combinations. Mother Nature doesn’t make mistakes! I love seeing each individual’s interpretation of nature whether through quilting or other art form.

  32. Renira Larsen says:

    Nature is the most inspiring tools we quilters have! I love looking to nature for color, shapes, patterns, etc. What better inspiration, than to use what nature provides us with for inspiration. I love this quilt!!!

  33. Sheila Clark says:

    Amanda’s quilt is lovely. Nature provides such interesting and exciting ideas! It influences my art in many ways.

  34. dawn bates says:

    I love nature. I quilt in the basement looking at our pond.

  35. Lisa McCarty says:

    Nature does inspire me! The natural color coordination helps keep my projects balanced & focused. Thanks for offering the contest!

  36. Brenda Rowton says:

    I love all the different colors in nature and flowers are my favorite to put in a quilt.

  37. Cindy Shelley says:

    Nature inspires me everyday….. the colors, the shapes -(individual shapes = petals, leaves, branches, circles, – all shapes are in nature) flowers, trees, butterflies, trees, mountains…… designs and inspiration everywhere.

  38. LeighZ says:

    I love to try to use colors and designs I see outside…. birds, leaves, water, trees, anything! You name it, I have probably looked at it and thought, “That would make a beautiful quilt!”

  39. Malini says:

    I see pattern in nature all the time and it is a great inspiration for quilting and quilt patterns.
    Depending on each season new quilt patterns are born.

  40. Gwyn McConnell says:

    I’ve created many quilts using nature’s colors, purple, red, blue, white tones I’ve seen on the Colorado Rocky Mountains in the morning and evening, gold against dark green when the Aspens in the fall are gold against the pine trees.

  41. Vicki Harwood says:

    Pretty quilt. I love it that the colors you see together in nature are not always colors you would put together, but they will work well together.

  42. Suzanne Bennett says:

    Love the greens and blue’s from nature that are calming and peaceful. Have to have them in my quilts.

  43. Wanda Gilliam says:

    From the fall leaves of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee with their beautiful red, yellow, orange, and brown leaves to the Gulf Coast of Florida with white sand beaches and blue, green, and turquoise water, I find myself frequently gravitating toward these colors. Nature is all around us no matter where we are, and we need to take time to enjoy God’s blessings.

  44. Dianne says:

    Nature is a great inspiration to me and would like to have the time to make more quilts. The one I made for my granddaughter had lots of flowers on it.

  45. Joan K Murphy says:

    I love the nature theme. There is nothing better than to put down on a quilt the vision of animals, flowers, and earth tones.

  46. Kristy Tate says:

    Nature inspires me with all of the beautiful colors that only God could have designed.

  47. Deborah Oscarson says:

    Nature inspires me in sew many ways! Floral and leaf print fabrics draw me like a magnet. I love to quilt free motion leaves. When it gets cold here in Minnesota, there is nothing better than snuggling under a quilt!

  48. Carol K E says:

    I am always amazed at the many shades of color, whether it be the greens or browns of fields, the blues of sky, lake and stream, or the whites of snow fields.

  49. Joni Lynn says:

    I am more times than not making quilts with flowers, I love all the colors of flowers! It’s a little harder to find the fun ones for boys, though. I do love all the wonderful colors God made and the variety of things in this beautiful world!

  50. Kathy Durance says:

    Living on the West Coast with nature all around, it’s hard not to be inspired. I especially love the Autumn colours. The rain is also inspiring in that its an excuse to stay inside and sew!!

  51. JoJoMatt says:

    I get inspired in the fall to quilt with the changing leaves color. Nothing prettier.

  52. Melody Parsons says:

    I look at the sky and realize that the first women to come across the prairie saw the same sky and drew inspiration. The miles and miles of land that changed color ever so lightly could not have gone unnoticed by these brave women and they drew inspiration. And now they inspire me.

  53. Loa Whiteley says:

    Nature does inspire me mostly the spring and fall. All the bright and changing colors

  54. Mary Jo says:

    Nature inspires me with colors to use and even some designs!! All you have to do is look outside and your colors to use are there-no matter the season OR the source!! Plants, trees, animals, clouds! It’s ALL in there!!!

  55. Lee Ann L. says:

    I love dragonflies, bees, butterflies and spiders (although, I stay well away from the spiders!). They always are in the most interesting parts of nature (land) and so many varieties exists! The co-exists with wildflowers, which are my favorite weeds! :-)

    Thank you for a chance to win.

  56. Evelyn Al-Misnad says:

    I live in Paradise and take tons of pics, clouds, flowers, trees etc. I use many of the pictures on fabric and then thread paint them.

  57. Sally King says:

    Love the quilt. New to quilting and learning with each quilt I make.

  58. anna m brown says:

    I love nature i guess its why i live in Maine.I have seen a few beautiful quilts in the past few weeks that have wild animals .But my favorite its fall all the browns and yellows oranges .There really is a wide range of things to quilt about in nature ..Ty Lord for making it so interesting…

  59. Peggy Wood says:

    Inspired by the colors found in nature…nature’s colors make perfect combos for quilting.

  60. Theresa Lewingdon says:

    Nature inspires me! Is it any wonder I am a gardener and a multi-crafter?

  61. Ramona P says:

    Nature is beautiful and nature does inspire me greatly. There is nothing better than a quilt full of nature. I am greatly inspired by prints with flowers, trees, birds and animals. I also love to do applique of a cabin near a lake, streams of water going done the rocks and some of natures animals like deer or bears. It makes you wish you were there. I think making a quilt is much like being an artist who sits outside with easel and paint brush in hand as he looks upon nature and draws what his eyes and soul see’s before him.

  62. Dine Miller says:

    I live in the country with a gorgeous view of the mountain and can see all the different colors of nature that has been created for us. This helps us put many different color combinations and textures together to design and create many wonderful works of art in cloth.

  63. missouriquilter says:

    I love the fall colors in nature. This time of year always inspires me.

  64. Cindy says:

    I love using nature colors in my quilts. Love doing applique flowers.

  65. Kelly G says:

    I love nature! The change of seasons and I love listening to the sounds of nature all around us. I quilt by my bay window looking out at all of God’s beauty!

  66. Judy Maggio says:

    Nature always inspires me. I tend toward including flowers in my quilts–my drawing skills don’t extend to reconizable animals shapes.

    • Lilly Saucier says:

      You can always find a coloring book that has lots of great wildlife pictures in them – tada then you have a pattern.

  67. Margaret Steinacker says:

    I love nature and have many fabrics on hand (in my stash) to prove it. This beautiful quilt inspires me to do something similar with fabrics I already own.

  68. Rita Dennis says:

    I love flowers but am drawn to bright colors. Once in a while though I love the paler colors to rest with.

  69. Dawna Twist says:

    Nature is a way of life for me and my family. It inspires everything we do, including where we live and our hobbies. Nature is the core of my being!

  70. Cyn Pugh says:

    Living in Pennsylvania, we experience 4 seasons. It is the change of seasons that inspire me. I love nature and the drastic changes it brings!

  71. Nancy Van deusen says:

    I love the colors of nature, and use those colors in almost all my quilts. Lots of green, blue…

  72. Carol McCabe says:

    I gravitate toward Autumn and Spring colors…

  73. Judy Beebe says:

    Nature inspires me with her glorious colors. Every season holds a different palette. I love them all, but my favorite is autumn. Those warm mellow colors seem to make a quilt just that much cozier.

  74. The beauty of God’s handiwork inspires me to look UP!!! He is at work all around us, and He reminds us of His presence and power in what He has created. Oh yes…nature absolutely inspires me!!!!

  75. Akita Woodford says:

    Nature give us everything we need for inspiration – all of the colors of the rainbow – all of the shapes on the earth……just would love just to draw and quilt 24/7!

  76. Janice Hill says:

    I do like nature inspired quilts

  77. Phyllis Blizzard says:

    I use a lot of earthy colors but not as beautiful as Amanda’s

  78. Carolyn Sherry says:

    Nature has inspired me with new quilting designs, so I love fabric that depicks nature.

  79. Gunda says:

    Nature is such a great insperation for colors, forms and values………………..make every quilt unique

  80. Sharon Lichter says:

    I like using Nature’s colors in my quilts. I especially love the fall colors.

  81. Lilly Saucier says:

    Nature really inspires me – God creates such colors and movement out there that sometimes it’s just difficult to do a basic block, but my skills are getting better and it won’t be long till I can transfer those into my quilting.

  82. jacki cohoon says:

    colors, especially spring and fall, inspire me. I love the blends, the brilliance, and get excited when I find a bit of color (a flower) backed by drab (growing in the rocks or from a downed tree). I love the little surprises!!

  83. Joyce Cloud says:

    I love flowers and also love to applique enjoyed watching Amanda on quilting with the stars

  84. Eleanor Lenney says:

    I love to do applique, and my favorite applique ideas come from nature–birds, flowers, leaves, bugs, sunsets, you name it.

  85. Faye Nettles says:

    Nature always inspires me in my quilting, painting and photography. I am always in awe of nature.

  86. Barbara Norton says:

    Nature does inspire me!! God’s creation is awesome and always changing! I love to see how nature inspires others and am so glad they share to give me even new ideas!!!

  87. Mary Dahlberg says:

    Of course nature inspires. It leads me to different color ways depending on the season. The fall colors of orange/reds, deep purple, multi greens, and different creams are my autumnal favorites.

  88. Bonnie Pfrimmer says:

    Nature inspires me in my quilting. That is how I learned to put colors together. I look at nature and the beautiful colors that nature as given us. Thank you for sharing that beautiful quilt.

  89. susan Bass says:

    Nature,I wish,I’m usually inside trying to get some of my projects done. They are starting to pile up along with all the new rules and kits and all the new fabrics???I did buy her book and rulers and can’t wait to try them.Thanks for the contest!

  90. Tanya Stevens says:

    Nature does inspire me. The different seasons light different fires in me so I have different color and patterns in different seasons.

  91. peggy vailati says:

    I love the fall colors therefore its easy here in West Virginia to be inspired by all the beauty that surrounds you in these here foothills.

  92. Margaret Kelley says:

    I love the colors you come up with No matter if its flowers or leaves. They always turned out beautifu.

  93. Nature always inspires me. It also refreshes and rejuvenates all the creative juices…Gets me going!

  94. frances Behm says:

    I love nature and the beautiful colors in all seasons.

  95. Shelley Klassen says:

    I live with nature surrounding me, and it is my inspiration for many quilts and crafts! The deer muching, the seals slapping o. The wat, the herons and eagles…all remind me of how fortunate i am to live i. Thebeautiful country!Can’t wait to see this new issue!

  96. Candi says:

    Nature is always in my thoughts when making a quilt. My last one for my granddaughter has flowers, grass, bugs, birds, butterflys and lots of color.
    I just love using what is right in front of me! Really inspires me.

  97. Jeanann says:

    The variety of color combinations in nature are constant sources of inspiration in my quilting.

  98. Lois Leavengood says:

    I love all the colors of nature which includes the brights and what I call earth tones. Just finished a quilt using earth tone batiks for my nephew and his bride.

  99. Jeannie Leal says:

    I love to watch the birds on my feeder as I quilt..nature is all around us with its beauty

  100. Joyce Robbins says:

    I have one granddaughter and three grandsons. Being the eldest, my granddaughter has been the beneficiary of the most quilts, though I am trying to make up for that. I just made her a “Big Girl” quilt set for her room, but now I see this quilt and am trying to figure in just when I can do this for her, having just purchased the fabrics for her little brother and cousin, both going on 4. Of course the name of the quilt seems serendipitous, as her name is Mia Bella!
    Am I the only one who feels there just isn’t enough time in the day to get all my quilt and sewing projects done? And ask me if I’ve made myself a quilt yet!

    • Joyce Robbins says:

      I got so carried away with the above quilt I forgot to answer the contest question. I come from the East and now live in Arizona. Back east, I was surrounded by lush greenery, and the splash of seasonal colors, that I marked the passage of time by. Spring was the soft, pastel colors, summer was the more intense palate, and fall brought the vivid reds, bronze and golds of falling leaves.
      When I first moved to the desert, I was missing the colors of nature I was accustomed to. All I saw was the tan and brown of the desert. But I gradually began to see the incredible beauty of this special place, and how the desert colors change as the light of day passes. The winter allows for the planting of annuals that only temperate climates can allow. Spring is a burst of yellows and reds and oranges from the wildflowers nourished by winter rains. Cactus flowers provide the vivid pinks and golds against an assortment of greens. But nothing can prepare you for the AZ sunsets, especially after a rain.
      I’ve been blessed to live in two very beautiful parts of this magnificent country.

  101. Bonnie Thiem says:

    Fall is the part of Nature that inspires me. That’s why I love the browns, yellow, and oranges like the Fall leaves.

  102. Susan Novak says:

    I love the colors of Nature…especially Fall. They inspire me to make something new.

  103. Carla Finley says:

    Nature is always inspiring. Fall are my colors.

  104. Diana Hutt says:

    Nature does inspire me when I quilt. I have made many quilts with landscapes, birds and other animals.


  106. Carolann Sandone says:

    I like to include nature in my quilts. The inspiration might come from the colors of the leaves in fall, berries or flowers in the spring.

  107. Joni Grandt says:

    I can’t even count the ways I am inspired by Nature. Color combos abound, then there is the magical shape of trees and the swaying branches. I also admit I am obsessed with birds, those sassy chickadees are my favorite.

  108. Cindy OConnell says:

    The colors of nature inspires me!

  109. Colleen Rusch says:

    I love the colors of nature. inspires me to get my creative juices flowing..

  110. Lisa Van Stratten says:

    The magazine inspires me. I love the instructions that are given that make the projects doable! And the accompanying photos that show what you will be able to create! I’d love to be to attend the quilt expo for live inspiration!

  111. christa says:

    I am a farmer and in ‘nature’ everyday. The colors of golden wheat fields and blue flax are my absolute favorite!

  112. Margaret says:

    I love the rich colors of fall! Reds and Golds especially.

  113. Diane Van Minsel says:

    Nature always inspires me. I am in the process of pinning a quilt of rainbow shades. Just purchased fabric with cardinals and white-capped chickadees on it. Why go for the fake when you can have the real thing! :-)

  114. Cynthia deVillemarette says:

    I love geometrics and natural provides an endless variety of them.

  115. Sherry WILSON says:

    I love nature.. photographing butterflies on my butterfly bushes and trying to recreate their loopy-loop flight paths in my quilting. So I would say yes, nature definitely inspires me :)

  116. Gidget Shenefield says:

    Nature inspires me greatly!
    Love flowers and birds.. much happier when I’m working on a project that is colorful and cheerful like a flower garden.

  117. Dawn Re'ne Barton says:

    Oh yes! I am greatly influenced by colors from nature

  118. Wanda Hurst says:

    I am inspired by nature in that I love to work with floral fabrics.

  119. Terria Aleo says:

    I also tend to lean towards the colors of fall, it is my favorite time of year. When nature paints the leaves miraculous hues of red,yellow,orange and often (my favorite) a deep rich maroon. I try to include those colors from nature but I also use alot a spring flower patterns and the romantic patterns of the Victorian age for my 10 granddaughters.

  120. Mary Giampapa says:

    Without nature to inspire us what would we have. The vibrant colors of nature would not be there. No sky blue, no daffodille yellow, no grass green. We would have nothing. It’s time we all took the time and thanked GOD for his creation for with out it we would be nothing.

  121. nature is the closest thing to me. I spend at least 4 hrs/day outside. With the heat and humidity, it isn’t so much fun. Keep up the good work.

  122. Jeanette Sturtz says:

    I love quilting with natural colors! I am a Autumn girl through and through! When I look back at the quilts I have done, I see oranges, yellows, and greens! So It is safe to say, I love nature!!!

  123. Sherri Mohr says:

    Nature is my inspiration for most of my quilting projects, especially flowers and butterflies.

  124. Sher7753 says:

    Nature does inspire me, I love to do my designing while sitting in the backyard or while at the park, I love using floral prints in my patterns and I love quilts with a nature theme.

  125. Gina H. says:

    Nature does inspire me. There so many beautiful flowers & colors that I’d love to include in my quilts.

  126. jennifer says:

    Love nature quilts!

  127. Elaine Jordan says:

    Even though I tend to like traditional designs, all of the beautiful colors that God created in nature definitely inspire me.

  128. Nicole Van Stippen says:

    Nature has always inspired me. My sewing machine is faced so I can look out the window, I read my Quilt books and magazines on my porch swing and even do some of my sewing out there.

  129. Beth Sprister says:

    I am inspired by traditional designs, with a touch of nature tossed in for freshness.

  130. Connie Blankley says:

    I love to quilt and usually tend to stay with traditional. I am not good at appliqué so haven’t tried a lot. I love the look tho

  131. kim hyde says:

    I used to be a zoo keeper and try to incorporate animal or birds in all of my quilts.

  132. Mary Ellen Janes says:

    I always admire how nature manages to shade colors together. Everything looks great with green! When you look at a body of water it’s calming & cooling & again amazingly blended. That’s how nature influences my quilting.

  133. jenay reynolds-sibbach says:

    Nature has inspired me in my past quilting projects- namely the autumn themed maple leaf quilt I made. The was a series of orange/brown hued leaves that looked like they were falling.

  134. Barbara Hackney says:

    Using nature themed fabrics always takes me back to the special times spent sitting at lakeside watching my grandchildren play in the water.

  135. Sue says:

    Love the fall season…it always inspires me! Oranges, reds, yellows, browns…can’t get enough!

  136. Susan Templin says:

    I am fall person and find that my stash and therefore many of my quilts trends to fall colors. But, I do love to have a new flower-bright quilt made to put on my bed come spring.

  137. Peggy Moller says:

    Fall always makes me want to make a quilt with those colors.

  138. Genee Davis says:

    Yes, nature inspires me. I personally love vines, ivy and trendles in quilting, and love leaves, flowers etc in appliqué. I would love to learn the artistic and fiber quilting as well…..I just need to allow myself to let go and do it!

  139. Lori Jansen says:

    I love natures colors. They are always so vibrant and real. I would love this quilt in my house. I have 9 grand children and trying to keep up with making them quilts. I have one granddaughter that loves horses.

  140. sandie deahl says:

    Nature and its colors are but one tool on my quilt palette, there are lineal qualities, design components..hard lines, soft textures, etc. Any quilter here has an “eye” for what appeals to them within their quilt framework. For me, the fun at looking at other bodies of work is finding where their inspiration came from and how it was interpreted by the designer. Learn something new every time I visit :)

  141. Sharon says:

    I love her Bella line and have made 2 quilts using it.
    1 in the Buttercream colorway and 1 in the Seaglass colorway.
    I think I have enough left to blend them together if I can find the right pattern.
    Her colors inspire me to want to create – but nature has nothing to do with it.

  142. Betty Dobberpuhl says:

    It is the many colors of nature that is inspirational.

  143. Carolyn Drosd says:

    Yes, especially colors in nature.

  144. Jeannie Zimmerman says:

    Nature inspires me with her foliage. Fall colors evoke as much inspiration as spring flowers, and then there is the winter bark and snow. So much inspiration.

  145. claire brown says:

    A field full of all kinds of flowers would be beautiful to look at and be inspired. I’m not a creative person but love to look at a field with all the colors God has given us.

  146. Carol Boyer says:

    The greens and blues of the water inspire me. I love looking at the wetland out the window of my quilting room–watching how they blend and then separate. The waterbirds add the focus piece. There is nothing more beautiful than God’s colors!

  147. Elaine Swett says:

    Very cute quilt, just wish I had more of her creative talents.

  148. Cindy Lawhorn says:

    My stash is primarily green with browns, creams, and taupe.

  149. Rita Sussman says:

    I am into bright is beautiful these days. Thank you

  150. Debbie Braithwaite says:

    Some of the batiks in my stash remind me of the red and green hummingbirds in my yard.

  151. valerie csmith says:

    I grow a lot of flowers and flowers are my favorite things to put in a quilt!

  152. Marian Gallian says:

    I love flower quilts and landscape quilts inspired by nature and geometric designs that have their base in nature as well. It’s all inspiring to me.

  153. Tonya Albers says:

    The color combinations inspire me most from nature :)

  154. Kay says:

    I love carrying my camera with me whenever I head out the door.. Who knows what nature will have for inspiration???? Yes… I love Nature and all the inspiration it gives me as I “create”! I esp love blues and browns.

  155. Kimberly Mays says:

    I love nature. The way it inspires me is that it reminds me that all colors go together. Every color is present in nature and it’s beautiful!

  156. Mary Edwards says:

    I love flowers as well a colorful trees (fall) then look for bright and vivid colors which the flowers and trees inspired.

  157. Michelle Eacret says:

    Nature does inspire me… family goes camping a few times a year and I’ve made several quilts that have wildlife built into them but also trees and rivers too. The colors of nature are soothing and relaxing, just like a good quilt should be.

  158. pat abfalter says:

    fall colors inspire me the most love everything about it!

  159. Rebecca Shumaker says:

    The beautiful mountains of Almost Heaven West Virginia definitely inspire me!

  160. Debbie says:

    Nature is the best inspiration…and it is ever changing in colors shapes and sizes! It’s so fun to get new ideas by just taking a walk outside.

  161. Kathy M boice says:

    Nature breathes new life into everything we do! Quilting is just a bi product! :)

  162. Barbara Murphey says:

    To date the majority of the quilts I make are gifts (wedding or baby) to people whose lives have been influenced by the World Hunger Relief farm. So to share their enthusiasm my quilts are farm related. They are flowers, fish (aquaponics) or livestock in earthy colors.

  163. Dana Womack says:

    Fall colors are my favorite colors but I find the blending of color that only nature has in it help to inspire me to try new color combinations that I might not have thought of before.

  164. Jerry Beavers says:

    I tend to lean toward yellows & greens–probably spring & summer colors.

  165. Peggy Lipinski says:

    I love primary colors for children’s quilts, and blues and rose colors for big people quilts.
    I like to match the person’s personality to the theme of the quilt

  166. Ann Roadarmel says:

    I am not very good at picking colors, so I just look around and see what nature provided. As they used to say: Blue and green do go together–Isn’t the sky blue and the grass green??? God doesn’t make any mistakes. I simply love this quilt, but have been searching the web for the fabrics to no avail and my LQS does not have it. Bah Humbug!!!

  167. Stacy Jo Parsons says:

    Nature often inspires me in the way that I choose the color combinations for my quilts. When I am not making an Americana inspired quilt, I will often choose a theme inspired by the seasons. One of my favorite places to find this inspiration is in a flower garden. There is no limit to the color combinations! In the fall, a color tour when the leaves are changing is also extremely inspirational. I am very blessed to live in Western Michigan where there is never a lack of beauty all around me.

  168. Katherine Burdette says:

    I love the due hues of autumn! It’s my favorite time of year and probably inspires a lot of my quilts. Would love to win!

  169. Sharon Harmon says:

    It makes me want to make a quilt with a white picket fence with flowers!

  170. Chimene Benson says:

    Mother Nature is not afraid to use lots of color! I like to follow suit!

  171. Paula Malone says:

    Beautiful quilt. Love that green. Hope my subscription has not expired!

  172. Loretta Yerbich Aymond says:

    I make at least one quilt a year based completely on fishing, as a prize for an ice fishing prize! I also love to use fall colors in many of my quilts.

  173. Donna Seely says:

    Nature inspires me, in the dessert, and the ocean, and all the beautiful places in the Hawaiian Islands. Especially all the tropical flowers.

  174. Donna Guzy says:

    Never thought of it before but I suppose it does as I do spend a lot of my time in the spring enjoying the local landscape/flower shops. Then come a rainy day I’m pulling fabric for a quick table topper for a friend’s birthday.

  175. Kristi Close says:

    Nature is a gift from God. Flowers make my day.

  176. Judy Williams says:

    This is such a beautiful quilt, love the green, I am really into fall colors………have enjoyed your magazine for many years, did visit the shop in Winterset one summer, George actually took a picture of my husband and myself in front of the shop………so keep up the great work………….

  177. Brenda Charron says:

    Simply Beautiful.

  178. Donna Seely says:

    Shades of purple and Burgundy with sage green are my colors of choice.

  179. Karrie Smith says:

    It definitely does. I love the natural colors, animals, and I find patterns and shapes in EVERYTHING in the world!

  180. Shirley Scott says:

    I love the colors of nature if you look at the sky, a mountain, an ocean there are many hues and colors that makes up natures beauty and they all play in harmony.

  181. Patricia Simpson says:

    I love flowers Ian’s the greens of spring and th fall colors of nature as well in quilts!

  182. K'Lynne Mead says:

    Absolutely! Love flowers, and the earthy greens are my favorite!

  183. I look to nature for fall colors; my favorite. You can almost picture a quilt when all the leaves turn and fall all together. Love it.

  184. Julie L says:

    I can’t imagine nature not having an influence on my! The colors, the reflections, the stunning simplicity and intricate complexity are completely inspiring!

  185. Nora Brofford says:

    I am so inspired by nature that I buy almost all flowers fabric. My Fabric Garden doesn’t naturally grow neutrals.

  186. Nature definitely inspires me! I’d only been quilting for a few months when I got the idea to make my Pond Quilt. Blues in the center, greens and golds for the meadow surrounding it. Autumn forest colors in the border. English paper pieced turtles with shell colors and patterns based on the real turtles that live in the area. It’s been a Work In Progress because I’m just letting it tell me what it needs as I reach each new part of the quilt. Right now I’m looking at ways to add life sized appliqué (or knit or crocheted pieces?) of native wildflowers on it too!

    I also designed a quilt BOM for my guild called the Wisconsin Sampler Quilt. All of the blocks and colors came for this quilt from the landscape around me too. Many members made their own quilts from my pattern, and we’ll be showing many of them during our quilt show next month. So cool!! :-D

  187. Cheryl says:

    I love fall colors and love to use them in my quilts.

  188. Debbie Berkebile says:

    YES! I love doing art quilts and I have done some from pictures of my travels with landscape. Blue Ridge mountains…and also have an art quilt that I am doing with all kinds of flowers on it.

  189. Tina says:

    I love Amanda, I follow her blog!

  190. Lena' says:

    Yes, the bright primary colors of a rainbow following a rainstorm aid in the development of my quilt colors.

  191. Tina Leigh says:

    Nature definitely inspires me. Someday I hope to do some landscape quilts to show that inspiration.

  192. Audrey says:

    Nature offers the perfect colors and perfect inspiration!

  193. Becky Currier says:

    I live in the Pacific Northwest and love the great outdoors, so yes, nature inspires me.

  194. Susan Bennett says:

    Absolutely, we retired to a home on Lake Huron, color and the ever changing surroundings sets my mood and creativity. Huron is a living entity that changes design and color with each season. Everyday the lake is a different shade of blue or turquoise and the sky is filled with white clouds. But my favorite color combinations are when the sun is setting, I see every color from steel blue to pinks, purples and golds. Balance that with the beauty of the trees, beaches and serenity is all anyone would need to find their inner Picasso.

  195. Debra Nelson says:

    Nature inspires all of us. Some of us choose to wrap ourselves in the warmth of a quilt in fall colors. Others to paint the colors of spring or cook up cool summer fruits into a sweet sauce for ice cream. Inspiration is all around us. What makes you happy is what you should inspire your next project.

  196. Debra says:

    I love making art quilts that are nature inspired. So, YES, nature inspires me.

  197. Lorri says:

    Oh yes, nature is a big part of my quilting. Thank you!!!

  198. Kay says:

    Beauty is its own excuse for being and nature and beauty are one and the same.

  199. KathyW says:

    Colors of nature inspire me, mainly in patchwork!

  200. Angela Ruppert says:

    Nature inspires me!! Nothing more beautiful than nature!!! I never would of dreamed of being a quilter and enjoying country life with my husband. My father always knew I would be living in the country! He has been gone now for 13 yrs. He inspired my love for flowers. I have recently finished a quilt with panels from Stephanie Bradenburg’s fabric collection!!! Used flowers in my quilting on my first ever hand quilted full size quilt!! Love both of these quilts!!!

  201. Kim Cates says:

    I see inspirations from great outdoors and indoors. I am always looking for the next ahha moment. Most of those happen in the middle of the night. :)

  202. Rhonda says:

    I love the colors of nature like sage green and soothing browns. These of course are complemented with golden colors. All of these remind me of trees, mountains, and glorious sunshine, all of which are God’s creations on this glorious earth. Of course, the beautiful blues of the sky and the glorious colors shown in the sky during sunsets with fluffy clouds above are also inspiring.

  203. Elizabeth Del Rosario says:

    I love nature colors and have made a few quilts with the oranges and golds and rust colors that go along with the fall. Here’s to another beautiful fall with fall quilts!

  204. Cindy Esarey says:

    I love the colors. The design has a simplistic, realistic look. I want to reach out and pick the flowers. I hope the article on this quilt gives the information on the fabric choices.

  205. dawn bates says:

    I love to quilt leaves and flowers. God blessed us with nature.

  206. I can’t do better than taking God’s example and using His color combinations. I especially love spring and fall colors.

  207. Jane says:

    Nature is all around us and you can’t go wrong with any of the colors. Fall with it’s warm reds, browns, and oranges. Winter with it’s beautiful evergreen trees covered with fresh fallen snow, and red berries on the holy trees. Spring with everything coming to life again after a long winter, and Summer with every color under the rainbow from the trees, the beautiful lawns and flowers blooming non-stop. Every season is my favorite time of the year.

  208. says:

    I love twigs, berries (lots of berries) and leaves, both in fabric and in the quilting design, as well. I am old fashioned in my earth tone colors and fall, as well. So, yes, nature is my underlying love.

  209. Bonnie Malcolm says:

    Yes I love spring and the colors that pop out with the green grass and the shades of flowers.

  210. Elizabeth Monahan says:

    Nature is inspiring, though I’m not sure you’d know that from my quilts!

  211. Jeanne Foreman says:

    I love the colors of the seasons, each one has wonderful appealing colors that wake up my senses and make me smile. Using them in a quilt makes the happiness transcend all senses forever more…….just heavenly!

  212. Alice M Zeiger says:

    Nature gives me great ideas – but without the dyes made from natural products, we’d only have white fabric to work with! I love using baby animals in my quilts for infants.

  213. Grace Lively says:

    Nature inspires my creativity. I love to create using photographs as the inspiration for my quilts and stained glass projects.

  214. Betsy Lindley says:

    I like the bright colors of flowers. I also like small floral print fabrics. So I guess nature does inspire some of my quilting.

  215. Donna Olweean says:

    When I travel I often look around at the different landscape and buildings and imagine if I could incorporate what I see into a quilt. Sometimes I look at pictures that family members have taken and think wow that would be a beautiful landscape or picture quilt. I am always amazed at the creative minds that quilters have!!! Nature is probably one if our biggest inspirations.

  216. Debi Pennington says:

    Nature inspires me to take photos of things, and somehow the colors are what I look towards for colors in a quilt.

  217. Linda Barnes says:

    I love all the colors of nature, but I think that spring and fall are my favorites. Would love to go and see all the beautiful quilts on display and maybe have a chance to talk to all the experts for tips. I have a lot to learn

  218. Kristy says:

    The fall colors always inspire me with the oranges/browns/yellows. I just keep adding to the UFO’s and to-do lists.

  219. Sherry Whalen says:

    I love the colors of all of the seasons – browns and oranges of fall, the blues and whites of winter, the greens of spring and the colors of the flowers of summer…I like them all!

  220. FRANNYE says:


  221. Doris Lindley says:

    What a lovely quilt! The fall colors inspire me to keep adding those colors to my stash- now to get a quilt done!

  222. Teri powers says:

    Nature provides the best inspirations . . From flowers, to sunrise to sunset, animals, etc.

  223. MARY J. LONE BEAR says:

    Nature calls to me while hiking/walking in the woods with the smell of cedar and fir trees, the greetings of birds and squirrels, cobwebs outlined in the morning dew, and the occasional sighting of a deer. I love all the many wonderful fabric designs and beautiful panels now that capture the spirit of forests, lakes, mountains, and wildlife. Love sewing them!

  224. michele s says:

    yes nature inspires me In my quilting, I find I use the colors of the season in the quilts I am working on , like when the leaves change colors it makes me want to add fall colors and when every thing blooms in the spring makes me want to add flowers

  225. Donna Green says:

    Nature always inspires. Especially all the beautiful fall colors, pumpkins, squashes, acorns.

  226. Patty Effingham says:

    Flowers are my favorite example of nature on quilts. Bright colored ones.

  227. Sandra Pickard says:

    Fall is my favorite time of year!! I love to make quilts in the rich browns and orange colors!

  228. Deb Gordon says:

    I’m always inspired by natures autumn colors.

  229. Leslie says:

    I love natures colors. They speak life everywhere.

  230. Tiffany Z says:

    There’s so much diversity in nature to choose from. I don’t normally think of quilts and nature being linked, but I’m just starting out. As someone else pointed out, God did good when he made nature. So, I can see how you would get inspired by nature.

  231. Nature is the best teacher ever! When I was first teaching my niece to quilt I had her sit in my garden and told her to look around at how the plant colors all blended and complemented one another. I had her look at how the sun caused lights and darks and how my flowers in the garden added a pleasing pop of color that flowed naturally and were not offensive to the eye. We then went to the quilt shop for fabric. This was 6 summers ago and today she is studing art in college. Oh yes her 3rd quilt won a blue ribbon at the fair for her age category. I love how nature!

  232. marilyn durbin says:

    i get my idea’s from the fall leave the red dark green and tans of the leave the blue and shades of pink and amber as the sun sets at the evening or as the sun rises in the early morning sky is always so peaceful

  233. marilyn durbin says:

    I love the fall colors and the colors of the morning and evening sun so beauitful.

  234. Nature in its self, is a design element.

  235. Sue H says:

    I have been taking lots of photos outside of plants, trees and landscapes. I want to make some quilts using the photos as inspiration.

  236. Rochelle Needham says:

    My very first quilt was of cross country skiers and I loved doing the white snow and blue and white sky! I have a a kit now of a mountain scene with aspen trees that I will make this winter. Yes – nature inspires me! Love all the batiks in blues, greens, yellows and browns. – Rochelle (Crested Butte, CO)

  237. Ellen Fayard says:

    I love applique so of course nature truly inspires me…beautiful flowers, birds …all nature’s beauty!!

  238. Linda says:

    The colors of nature inspire me most. I love putting things together that remind me of the ocean (blues and greens) or a garden for my granddaughters (pinks and greens). There are so many beautiful colors out there in fabric that I would love to have!!!

  239. Sue says:

    Nature’s range and combinations of colours inspire me

  240. Gerry McLean says:

    Nature is God’s artwork and it contains the greatest colors and textures. It provides a complete color palate. It would be hard to make a quilt and not incorporate nature into it, in some way shape or form. Natural mauves and greens are my favorite combination.

  241. Ruth Pratt says:

    The gentle hues of our quiet backyard often bring to mind a new project to persue. The water lilies of varying shades of pink, peach and yellow that dance in the sun encourage me to play with pastels. Tall irises inspire long stitches of purple and white. My favorite inspirations are the various frogs that sit quietly in their watery home. The greens and yellows, the varied patterns, even their spontanious songs give me fanciful ideas to create and share. Now back to quilting!

  242. Brenda Miller says:

    I live on a lake and love watching the leaves turn colors in the fall. I have always loved making quilts out of the fall colors.

  243. Sheila says:

    My sewing room windows looks out onto the back part of our property with giant trees, that in the fall change to all these beautiful color blends. It’s like nature is your own color wheel, and for me those are my natural colors that I tend to wear, the greens, golds, orange tones. Our home also reflects those types of colors in decor throughout, so this quilt would fit perfectly in any room.

  244. Sharon thomsen says:

    My sewing room has windows that are at ground level so I see the world from a completely different perspective down there. I am so inspired by the variations of color and texture found in nature.

  245. Becki Leavitt says:

    I’m inspired by the light in nature and how images change over the passage of a day.

  246. Yes, I love nature. The flowers, birds, and animal life. We keep a food plot in the yard so we can watch the birds.

  247. The quilt is stunning. The colors are so soothing. Each season is unique in its own way. Spring and fall have each different stunning colors for their season. When I look around me I see God’s handiwork in nature. I can thank him for the different seasons.

  248. Diane C says:

    I am inspired by nature and I love the greens and browns but I also love the palette for flowers and other things the lord has given us.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>