QATV 1400 Sneak Peek – Quilt Design Inspiration

I've been thinking a lot about radishes lately. These tangy roots tinged with pink and purple are the first crop of my garden, and were a huge inspiration to me earlier this summer. The first few radishes pulled from my vegetable beds were rinsed and left on my kitchen counter to dry, but not before I snapped a quick photo on my phone and then played with it in a photo editing app. I can't wait to print the image on fabric and see where it takes me next.

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I'm inspired by fresh radishes! What inspires you?

More and more I am using technology to record my daily activities and inspiration. I even have an album on my phone devoted to "quilt ideas" waiting for uploads after each trip to the garden.

It seems that I am not alone in this search for inspiration from the natural world. While in Ohio at the spring taping of Quilting Arts TV, I was astounded by the number of guest artists whose work is influenced by their surroundings. Sarah Ann Smith posts images from her daily dog walking excursions on Facebook. Jane Sassaman looks to the spiders in her garden for applique inspiration. Host Susan Brubaker Knapp has a series of "beauty on my morning walk" photos that would rival any coffee table book.

And don't get me started on the botanical wonders executed in blue and white cyanotype prints from Sue Reno's quilted masterpieces. All of these guests brought so much joy and creativity to the series, I can't wait to try their techniques.

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  1. Like you and Susan, I’m inspired by nature, especially birds. Not only are they beautiful, but they have such interesting personalities. We’ve watched house finches nest in our hanging planter (drama: a cowbird destroyed two finch eggs and replaced them with her own) and robins over our front door frame! I just love watching them at our feeders and being awakened on open-window mornings by the dawn chorus. Maybe it’s cliche, but it’s true: I liked birds before birds were cool! :-)

  2. Whether it is quilting or watercolor, I am inspired by the colors and shapes that I see in nature. I particularly love going to the mountains of NC and taking pictures of wildflowers and butterflies.

  3. I love quilting arts magazine for the variety of inspirations that I get from just picking up the magazine! Looking at different types of art pieces or techniques gets my mind whirling as I translate the idea from the magazine for my next art piece or finding a solution for a challenge that has arisen in my studio. Love this magazine!

  4. I love quilting arts magazine for the variety of inspirations that I get from just picking up the magazine! Looking at different types of art pieces or techniques gets my mind whirling as I translate the idea from the magazine for my next art piece or finding a solution for a challenge that has arisen in my studio. Love this magazine! Love Susan Brubaker’s work …can’t get enough of it!

  5. Vivika and Susan I love quilting arts an since I am not home I record it an watch on Sunday afternoons….Love your daily pics that you post on facebook A walk in a park always inspires me….I love nature in all forms some days I will sit in my yard just watching all the birds. Quilting Arts you rock

  6. Vivika and Susan I love quilting arts an since I am not home I record it an watch on Sunday afternoons….Love your daily pics that you post on facebook A walk in a park always inspires me….I love nature in all forms some days I will sit in my yard just watching all the birds. Quilting Arts you rock
    Linda H

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  9. Susan, congratulations on your new artistic opportunity. I can’t wait to see this new series unfold!

    Vivika,, thanks for providing this new arena for Susan to share her creativity along with some new faces on the program.

    Can’t wait!

    Michele Lasker

  10. I am transitioning over from traditional quilting to fiber art, and am soaking in all the information I can find! I love Susan’s work and have her DVD’s and books.
    I don’t have cable TV, so my only option of seeing this would be to buy the DVD or even better yet — win it!!! I love exploring new techniques and ideas! Good luck to everyone on winning this DVD!!!!

  11. Nature is my “go to” for inspiration. But, I am often inspired my random things – the arrangement of fruit at the market, colors of tee shirts in the shop or the wonderful texture in city sidewalks. I can’t wait to see the new season of QATV! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  12. From the beautiful colors, shapes and movement of light in my garden to the wonderful quilters and artists I meet through local groups and especially, Facebook, there is inspiration everywhere.

  13. Who knew my humble dog walkies photos would become famous! I grinning from ear to ear. Thanks so much to QA TV and Susan Brubaker Knapp for inviting me to be on the series. It was a blast, and I can’t wait to sit down and watch every episode!

  14. I took a class from Susan at IQF in Houston. She is phenomenal and her pics on FB are a delight! I would love to have the DVD because that is always so much help when trying a technique.

  15. I took a class from Susan at IQF in Houston. She is phenomenal and her pics on FB are a delight! I would love to have the DVD because that is always so much help when trying a technique.

  16. I am inspired by the nature around me. I follow Susan Brubaker Knapp and Sarah Ann Smith on their daily walks, they are helping me “see” nature in a whole new way. I Love Quilting Arts, I am looking forward to the new season with Susan as the host, I would love to have the DVD of the complete to refer to any time I please.

  17. I had to think about it for a minute but quickly realized that I am most inspired by color. I think it comes from my days of growing up in the 60’s and 70’s.

  18. I had to think about it for a minute but quickly realized that I am most inspired by color. I think it comes from my days of growing up in the 60’s and 70’s.

  19. Color, any color and lots of it, all aspects of nature, and the artists and techniques in Quilting Arts Magazine inspire me. It’s a wondrous day when all these inspiration sources come together.

  20. The thing that inspires my artwork the most is my family and friends. I get ideas for work from their personalities, habits, clothing and just talking with them. It sounds a bit odd, but I can get an idea from looking at earrings or clothing my sister is wearing, crafts my friends are making, and just my immediate visual world.

  21. So many things inspire me…Using nontraditional fiber such as used tea bags and coffee filters, the color of the landscape around me and unexpected results from dyeing fabric.

  22. Let’s just say I’m NOT inspired by housework – but the colors, shapes, rhythms of the natural world, the world of science and phrases in literature can all spark ideas.

  23. I have been fortunate to take a class with Susan Brubaker Knapp who breaks down her process to make sense to even the beginner. Her talent, her color selection, and her daily inspiration on her morning walks put me in a better mood and helps me look at nature in a new light.
    Lyric Kinard is also on my list. She has a whimsical approach to her art and a very modern perspective on line and design. Both have opened my eyes to viewing my artwork with more spontaneity and joy.
    Thank you to both.

  24. I have been fortunate to take a class with Susan Brubaker Knapp who breaks down her process to make sense to even the beginner. Her talent, her color selection, and her daily inspiration on her morning walks put me in a better mood and helps me look at nature in a new light.
    Lyric Kinard is also on my list. She has a whimsical approach to her art and a very modern perspective on line and design. Both have opened my eyes to viewing my artwork with more spontaneity and joy.
    Thank you to both.

  25. I have been fortunate to take a class with Susan Brubaker Knapp who breaks down her process to make sense to even the beginner. Her talent, her color selection, and her daily inspiration on her morning walks put me in a better mood and helps me look at nature in a new light.
    Lyric Kinard is also on my list. She has a whimsical approach to her art and a very modern perspective on line and design. Both have opened my eyes to viewing my artwork with more spontaneity and joy.
    Thank you to both.

  26. I have been fortunate to take a class with Susan Brubaker Knapp who breaks down her process to make sense to even the beginner. Her talent, her color selection, and her daily inspiration on her morning walks put me in a better mood and helps me look at nature in a new light.
    Lyric Kinard is also on my list. She has a whimsical approach to her art and a very modern perspective on line and design. Both have opened my eyes to viewing my artwork with more spontaneity and joy.
    Thank you to both.

  27. I am inspired by the colors and shapes of nature and my surroundings—the world is such an amazing place…..I always see something new or see something again like it is the first time…

  28. I’ve had the pleasure of attending one of Susan Brubaker Knapp’s classes and personally enjoyed every minute. I know her hosting of QATV will be just as amazing as she is! Best of luck to everyone entering the contest.

  29. I love going to nature for inspiration. Leaves, flowers and water find their way into my pieces on a regular basis. This looks like a great blog hop and giveaway! Thanks for hosting!

  30. I love going to nature for inspiration. Leaves, flowers and water find their way into my pieces on a regular basis. This looks like a great blog hop and giveaway! Thanks for hosting!

  31. I love going to nature for inspiration. Leaves, flowers and water find their way into my pieces on a regular basis. This looks like a great blog hop and giveaway! Thanks for hosting!

  32. Susan, you know I love to use my natural surroundings too for inspiration. A lot of my works are botanical or landscapes. Anyway, I can’t wait to see what you have done in the studio with all these fantastic artists this year.

  33. A combination of fabric and the natural world inspires me. My current active project’s colors are inspired by a bird-of-paradise flower. The color combinations nature provides are endless.

  34. Hi Vivika! I am excited to start watching the new season of QATV! Thanks for the opportunity to win the series!
    I’m inspired by the trees, birds and clouds. But then I turn my head or blink my eyes and I see the flowers, water, people and animals and my thoughts instantly travels to this new direction. Of course the internet with all its wonderful riches and generous people are also inspirational. I guess Magpie Inspiration is where I’m headed.

  35. I am looking forward to Susan on QATV! I record it each week as I am always at work. She has inspired me to start taking very close up photos with my iPhone camera and now I want to get a really good camera to use to get more details in the photos. I love flowers – planted ones, wild ones and weeds too!

    Kathy

  36. I am inspired by life. It can be the color or shape of a flower, the texture of bark or woven textiles, a poem or quote or even something I see on the news. I love it all!

  37. I am inspired by life. It can be the color or shape of a flower, the texture of bark or woven textiles, a poem or quote or even something I see on the news. I love it all!

  38. My inspiration always involves tres, leaves, and circle shapes like the moon and sun. Quilting Arts isn’t on my PBS station, I’ve only seen a few shows on DVDs that I’ve borrowed from friends.

  39. I can’t wait for Saturday mornings so I can watch Quilting Arts on my local PBS channel. That’s what inspires me to get sewing and quilting. Love the show

  40. I am inspired by nature especially the beautiful tropical gardens that I walk through on my daily walk. They are truly magical at times. The sunsets are my other inspiration as the colours can be breathtaking.

  41. I love Quilting Arts and Susan’s work. It is so inspiring and she makes it look so easy. I know it takes a lot of hard work and practice to make something look easy.
    Nature inspires me but I think I am too much of a purest and have always had trouble expressing what I see. Recently joined an Art Quilt Club to expand my comfort zone. If you don’t continue to learn you become stale at what you do.

    connie b
    cbquilts345@yahoo.com

  42. Of course I’m interested in winning a series of QA shows! I love the show. Artists have always inspired me, and I am amazed at how they generously share their secrets.

  43. Add me to the list of the nature inspired. Recently I saw my first rainbow grasshopper…what a beautiful bug, and usually I’m running away from insects! Thanks for the giveaway!

  44. I have been amazed by the variety of things that inspire me. Nature certainly…I find myself driving in a rural area and the silhouette of a tree against the sky, or a rolling farm field are always things that bring me back to quilting ideas. But I also found that while traveling, that architecture is now my latest inspiration. I am sure more than one person wondered what the heck I was doing in all those beautiful churches taking pictures of the floors! But, you have to go where your heart tells you….

  45. Seeing other people’s work inspires me. I imagine what colors I would have used or admire the ones they did use, I see ways I would change it up, or take individual parts and use them in something else or differently. The possibilities are endless and make my heart go pitter-patter!!

  46. My art is mostly inspired by nature, especially my gardens and flowers. I have collected many plants and trees so that I can use their leaves or flowers for my sunprinting or leaf printing. I also love to find the beautiful details in the little things…

  47. The colors of nature are so comforting and relaxing. It is amazing what is done on the art quilts. I am inspired and want to experiment with a project soon. Thanks for all your special helps!

  48. I’m much like you – I find taking pictures is a great tool for art quilting. I do not have a fancy phone, but I do have a camera, and I love taking it with me to work (in a national park), on walks, etc. I, too, have a folder of photos that I could look at everyday. I like looking at other people’s artistic work as well. Color, for me, is probably what inspires me most, but shape and line are a close second.

  49. Quilting Arts is my “go to” for inspiration! Thanks for everything that you provide. I also love taking photos of nature, mostly flowers and insects. Just got a fitbit and love the motivation it provides as well!

  50. Quilting Arts is my “go to” for inspiration! Thanks for everything that you provide. I also love taking photos of nature, mostly flowers and insects. Just got a fitbit and love the motivation it provides as well!

  51. Congratulations Susan. I love everything Quilting Arts. It is the only magazine I subscribe to. I am always inspired by each episode of Quilting Arts TV and can’t wait for the new season to start.

  52. Can I just say that I have thousands of photos for inspiration on my computer just waiting to be organized?!! Now that I’m retired that just might happen.

  53. I am always looking for different ways to put images onto fabrics. This is so lovely to remember favourite things or times. Plus it will be easy for someone with dissabilities to use the app to create.

  54. Nature is definitely an inspiration for artwork. However, reviewing QATV videos and flipping through issues of Quilting Arts Magazine also gets the creative juices flowing.

  55. Nature is definitely an inspiration for artwork. However, reviewing QATV videos and flipping through issues of Quilting Arts Magazine also gets the creative juices flowing.

  56. I am often inspired by other people’s works which I incorporate into my own style & colors. That’s why I love to quilt. The finished product is always rewarding!

  57. I find it intriguing to use an art prompt or technique not initally intended for fabric and translating it into fibre arts. Or combining techniques. Most recently I have been combining flower pounding and drawing on fabric which makes the beautiful unique images last through washing and using!

  58. I am inspired by colour in nature, especially trees and their leaves. Colour is all around us and I am always amazed by the changing seasons. From one day to the next the leaves on trees can change by the play of light and shadows. I am always photographing trees and flowers for inspiration.

    I also find it inspiring when I see how other quilters interpret nature

  59. I’m not a quilter but a weaver that does woven tapestry but often quilters have inovative ideas for images that would work for woven tapestry as well. Most designs that work well come from nature so I’m sure this DVD would be a helpful tool.

  60. I am most inspired by leaves and trees. The vein patterns in leaves sometimes become patchwork designs in my quilts. I’m still trying to create the graceful branching pattern of the tree limbs in my work.
    Joy-Lily

  61. Inspiration comes to me through: looking for the that art spark in everything, all the time. And, it’s free! Yes, I take my camera everywhere, in my purse or pocket. I may sketch an idea that comes from something seen on t.v. [like, during Quilting Arts TV!]. Just pulling random fabrics off of my sewing room shelves or picking up containers of paint in various colors may ignite an idea or trigger a ‘what if’ response. Really ‘seeing’ with my eyes, moving to a higher level of perceiving my surroundings in every moment, is what I strive to experience!

  62. What inspires me? Nature also. Every color, every texture, every natural line and form and sound. Sometimes I “see” the larger picture and work with an ideal or feeling. Mostly, though, I’m moved–yes, that fondling-fabric-kind-of-moved–by the tiny things I can hold in my hand. Snails are always number one…

  63. I wonder how many pictures I have of my cats. Presently, I am owned by only one (sitting at my elbow), but there have been a number of furry loves in my life. The last two quilts have had furry portraits included in them, and I think I would like to do a portrait of “His Nips” in the near future. And as Luana comments in her blog today, “cat hair is included”.

  64. I am inspired by nature, from trees to leaves , flowers and petals, skies at sunrise and birds in flight at sunset. It is all amazing when I take the time to see. I am looking forward to the new series of QATV.

  65. I am inspired by nature, from trees to leaves , flowers and petals, skies at sunrise and birds in flight at sunset. It is all amazing when I take the time to see. I am looking forward to the new series of QATV.

  66. I’m inspired by the different flowers I grow, the trees in the fall and the comments my grandchildren make when we go on “an adventure walk” on our farm.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win! :)

  67. I often get inspiration from looking at other quilts. I do not mean that I copy them but from one I may find a color combination that gives me inspiration. From another I might see a quilting idea or a shape or an edge finish that gets me thinking in another direction. Sometimes its a mixture of things that I’ve had in my mind for a while that suddenly come together as a jumping off point for a new quilt.

  68. I often get inspiration from looking at other quilts. I do not mean that I copy them but from one I may find a color combination that gives me inspiration. From another I might see a quilting idea or a shape or an edge finish that gets me thinking in another direction. Sometimes its a mixture of things that I’ve had in my mind for a while that suddenly come together as a jumping off point for a new quilt.

  69. Emotions are my biggest inspiration. Because I’m a newbie art quilter, I read everything I can about art quilting, so that I experiment with techniques used by others who have far more experience than I have. So I guess you would say my inspiration comes from myself and by techniques such as batik used by others.

  70. I find that the quilting arts mag inspirational I would love to win a series. As living here in NZ is not only inspiring , but because I see the beauty every day. I just forget to see the potential of it as an art inspired medium.
    I hope that the series of quiling arts will break that barrier for me. And I can share the results with you

  71. Watching Quilting Arts on TV inspires me. I’ve learned so much from that show, things I thought I could never do, or things I never would have thought about. I try to record all the shows on DVR, but I run out of space way too quickly so I have to delete way more shows than I would like.

  72. I have two areas of inspiration. One is nature, as it is for a lot of people. I love watching the plants pop up through the ground in the Spring, and buds when they start to open. The other source of inspiration is people in vintage black and white photos. I wonder about what their lives were like and what they would tell us if they could. I recreate these people in my colourful quilts.

  73. zooming the camera for a close up of common ordinary things brings them into new focus, and gets you to ‘see’ them. Like blades of grass, or cloud patterns in the sky, or water ripples, or dappled leaves.

  74. It’s impossible for me to list everything that inspires me lol, but the thing that I find most inspiring right now is taking something that’s common treated one way and presenting it in a different way (monster cameos, monsters with floral wreaths, insects stitched on organza). And now I’m loving those radishes too : )

  75. I get inspired by touring great buildings/estates like Viscaya in Miami and by lots of photos of architecture interiors from Europe. The tile work alone is like a quilt pattern!

  76. Sadly, my Public TV station does not carry your channel, so I get what I can from the internet. I’m a new quilter and interested in creating landscape art. The articles on dying are of special interest as well. Please keep up the good work!

  77. I get inspired by great architectural interiors, most recently Viscaya in Miami, FL. Also I see a lot of posts on FB of interior shots of cathederals and castle from Europe and they all have magnificent tile work and stain glass artwork!

  78. The Florida sky is my inspiration. From sunrise to sunset and all the beautiful clouds, there is a never ending vision of sunlight, colors and shadows.

  79. The Florida sky is my inspiration. From sunrise to sunset and all the beautiful clouds, there is a never ending vision of sunlight, colors and shadows.

  80. I am inspired by all that I see in everyday life!!! Summer is a particularly beautiful time in upstate NY! Lots to be inspired by! Love Quilting Arts TV!

  81. Inspiration comes in many forms for me, but many times it is from the environment I am in, the people I am sharing time with. And I am always, always inspired by the ocean and its’ treasures.

  82. My latest inspiration came from what I like – because I didn’t like the dull colors of a paint chip challenge, I am creating what I like to eat “PIE” I’ll be using the colors for background, crust and filling.

  83. The Rocky Mountains, where I live, as well as everything related…trees, flowers, wildlife, sky, snow, earth and all the associated colors, is what inspires me most.
    I always have to resist the temptation to draw, paint, quilt only mountains, trees and sky.

  84. The Rocky Mountains, where I live, as well as everything related…trees, flowers, wildlife, sky, snow, earth and all the associated colors, is what inspires me most.
    I always have to resist the temptation to draw, paint, quilt only mountains, trees and sky.

  85. The Rocky Mountains, where I live, as well as everything related…trees, flowers, wildlife, sky, snow, earth and all the associated colors, is what inspires me most.
    I always have to resist the temptation to draw, paint, quilt only mountains, trees and sky.

  86. As an art teacher and an artist, my artist’s statement revolves around the natural world around me! I am exploring my ideas through the quilting arts, handspinning and handweaving. I love QA magazine, and I own all of the DVD’s in the TV series, as well. They are my only connection to the quilting arts, and I have learned so much from them. My students have had fun over the years, creating story quilts, and creating hand felted artwork. They enjoy the tactile qualities of these media so much! Thank you for being here!

  87. I am very excited about this seasons Quilting Arts line up and the addition of Susan Brubaker Knapp! Such inspiring guests! Can’t wait to see them all. I need more inspiration and Quilting Arts will give it to me!

  88. Many things inspire me, flowers,wild flowers, trees, birds, fresh vegetables, natures collect ables like seeds, acorns, sea shells, nest, mosses. There’s an infinity if things to notice in nature.

  89. Looking forward to the new series. I read on Sarah Ann Smith’s blog about her taping sessions. I have watched Quilting Arts since the beginning. And Sarah often comments on one of my Janome groups. I can’t wait to SEE her teaching rather than just digesting her words. The DVR is ready to go.

  90. Sometimes I feel like Carrie Bloomston, so many ideas running around in my head because inspiration is everywhere. I have to think about each piece for a long time before I can begin.

  91. I just never know what will come into my minds eyes at any given time. I adore damselflies and dragonflies and create images of them quite often. I am inspired by the world around me..my horses, a herd of elk or antelope crossing my property. Or the Grand Canyon, which I can see from my back door. Nature is the great provider.
    It’s only far for me to give honorable to Quiltings Arts Challenges as well, it’s so much fun making all the projects. Thank you.
    Lastly, I have loved Polkie on QATV. Thank you for all your inspiration.
    I have seen Susans’ work and am so looking forward to watching and learning new techniques, getting ideas, and having fun with them. Go Susan and Best Wishes for your future success.
    Susan@thecanyon

  92. My apologies.
    I meant to say-it’s only fair to give honorable mention the the Quilting Arts Challenges, they have been a great source of inspiration for me. They make nice gifts for family and friends.

  93. Just recently spending a week in Sisters, Oregon and attending the 39th annual Outdoor Quilt Show, I was inspired by so much creativity. The beautiful quilts, the gorgeous mountains, the trees, seeing all the goodies in the quit shops in the area. I was on inspiration overload!

  94. Talk about information overload!!! I am over whelmed with ideas, new plans and the only problem this presents is – where do I start????? My fave is Susuan Brubaker Knapp’s blog. I want to live there!
    Thenk you for all this knowledge!

  95. I am anxious to see Sue Reno and Rebekah Meier on Season l4. Sue can do so many different things with one inspiration and Rebekah’s collages are unique and colorful.

  96. I was excited to see Lyric Kinard on the Blog-hop–I have her book, “Art + Quilt” and love her advice. I also enjoyed reading Margie Ullery’s blog and seeing her whimsical appliques.

  97. Always glad to see Cheryl Sleboda, she has so many new ideas. Best was when she took one whole season and made small quilts of each show’s idea. The ribbon rosette that Jane Sassaman made is gorgeous and goes perfectly with the garden outfit shown.

  98. Last day of the blog hop–it has been fun and very informative. Susan Brubaker Knapp’s history of meeting and working with Pokey Bolton was interesting and Susan’s work is so superb.

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