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A See How We Sew Tradition: Our Annual Photo Album of Quilting Inspiration

It’s become a tradition here at See How We Sew to welcome the new year with a photo album of images that inspire us on our quilting journeys. Over the years, thanks to you, our wonderful readers, this has become a popular, much-anticipated post. So here, beginning with Pati, our newest “blogging sister,” are our selections for 2014.

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There are certain obsessions I have that tend to fuel my inspiration.  If it makes my heart skip a beat, I know it is inspiring. I am forever collecting visuals to draw from when I need to, so I am excited to share a few with you!  As Julie Andrews would say, “Here are a few of my favorite things.”

The incredible textile designs created by Scandinavian architect, Josef Frank.


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Joseph Frank Textile Nippon
Joseph Frank Textile La Plata

Joseph Frank Textile Aralia

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The bold colors and patterns of hand-painted pottery and tiles.


Meditteranean hand painted tiles -Tunisia
Talavera tiles

Anything from Liberty of London fabric.


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Creative handwork and embroidery, especially of an ethnic influence.


Suzani Embroidery WallHanging

Vintage Ikat Ethnic Folk Print

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I am always on the lookout for designs that might translate into interesting quilting patterns. I took the following photos while visiting some of my favorite museums and gardens.


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I’m feeling fruity with this year’s inspirational photos, or maybe I’m just hungry . . . more likely, my wicked cold is telling me that I need massive doses of Vitamin C!


This is my favorite image for 2013.

This is my favorite image for 2013.



Inspiration-J:  Luscious Peach

Summer peaches, yum!



I'm in desperate need of an infusion of citrus fruits--these Honeybell Tangelos would do the trick.

I’m in desperate need of an infusion of citrus fruits–these Honeybell Tangelos would do the trick.



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It’s hard to believe that New Year’s Day marked the twelfth anniversary of my cross-country move to the Golden State. (So much for the five year plan!) Day after day, month after month, my adopted home continues to inspire me with its amazing colors, textures, shapes, light, and landscapes. Here’s to you, Northern California!


Mustard in bloom in the vineyards, on the road to Calistoga

Mustard in bloom in the vineyards, on the road to Calistoga



Ice plant on the ocean cliffs, Point Reyes National Seashore

Ice plant on the ocean cliffs, Point Reyes National Seashore



A hidden path to the sea, Mendocino

A hidden path to the sea, Mendocino



The golden hills near Point Reyes Station

The golden hills near Point Reyes Station



Wild iris on the Chimney Rock trail, Point Reyes National Seashore

Wild iris on the Chimney Rock trail, Point Reyes National Seashore



From the Mendocino headlands

From the Mendocino headlands



Backyard fruit!

Backyard fruit!



Line and Shadow, Mendocino

Line and Shadow, Mendocino



December: Watercolor sunset, Mendocino

December: Watercolor sunset, Mendocino


That’s it for now. Thanking you for your continued support and wishing you an inspired, adventurous, and productive new year, we remain . . .

Your Friends at See How We Sew

#quiltinginspiration

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