A few months ago I took my dad to the VA hospital in Atlanta for a check-up. While we were waiting in the exam room I noticed the design on the wallpaper. It's old and dated but it had such a graphic presence that I sketched it in my Sudoku book. (see below) I added the dark corners to the lower right of the rectangles. Immediately, a quilt design popped into my head!
So, with a little tweaking and a few crumpled pieces of graph paper later, I came up with this:
It isn't the whole design, as I am still writing the pattern. (Although I have copyrighted it.) It's called Va-voom, after the VA hospital that inspired it. This is the quilt:
From a simple sketch of a wallpaper pattern, to graphing it out and calculating fabric amounts and cutting measurements, it took about three months to get it to a somewhat finished quilt. It just needs to be quilted and bound. I love it! It's bright and cheery and has a modern edge to it that belies its source of inspiration.
You never know what you will be inspired by when you're out and about. I think that's the best part of creating- the smallest, simplest things can set your heart and mind aflutter!
So get out there and make something! It's just so much fun. :)