Oh Sew Simple Inspiration

8 Aug 2010

Whenever I visit a new city, one of my favorite things to do is just walk. There’s no better way to soak in your surroundings and I find that wandering without purpose often turns up the most unexpectedly delightful finds. Of course, walking often turns into shopping, and this is exactly what happened during my recent trip to San Francisco. An afternoon stroll led me to Hayes St., which is full of charming boutiques and quaint cafes—I instantly had a feeling I wouldn’t walk away empty handed.  

Before long, I entered a little hole-in-the-wall shop, and I knew I had hit the jackpot when I saw the walls covered in quilts and the shelves full to the brim with textiles and scarves. The shop owner informed me that the quilts were all made in India, and I simply couldn’t resist procuring one for my ever-growing collection.

It was a difficult choice since each quilt was beautiful and unique, and since I have a hard time discriminating when it comes to colors. Finally, I settled on this lovely red flower print—and had quite an interesting time rolling it as tight as can be so it would fit into my suitcase.

One of my favorite things about this quilt is the sheer simplicity of it. Composed of a wholecloth base and many, many rows of running stitch, it’s elegant and striking in its minimalist aesthetic. I find this quite inspiring since it’s easy to fall under the illusion that more is always better. Now, this is sometimes the case—I love patchwork, embellishment, and loads of funky stitching. But isn’t it reassuring to know that sometimes fabric and thread speak quietly for themselves? I think I know what my next project is going to be.

Have you ever stumbled upon a quilt that inspired you to try out a new approach in your own work?

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