Monday, March 27, 2006

Inspirational Book List


Tommy suggested I list the books that I use for inspiration. Good idea Tommy. Of course I refer constantly to the past catalogs from Visions and Quilt National. I have practically all of them in my library. And all of Nancy Crow's books too, and soon her newest one will arrive at my door.
But when it comes to making designs for my patterns, I usually look for illustration type books, since picture quilts are what my patterns are about.
I love to look at childrens books for simple shapes and bright colors


Eric Carle's illustrations are just wonderful, and so free and simple.

Must have used that leaf shape a million times.

Then there is Lois Ehlert, and I have all her books too.


Watercolor illustrations: her colors really sing.

Let's have lunch!

New color combinations???

Crunch!


Speaking of lunch...

Anyone recognize these flowerettes?


Really I just must make these bleeding hearts someday.


I have also loved these author/illustrators..

Look at the patterns within these shapes. Too wonderful!

Layers of patterns in increasingly smaller scale...

I know I have lifted ideas from them, but I only steal from the best.
I don't look at quilting magazines much for ideas, but I do love Ornament, for it's succinct jewelry designs. It give me ideas for quilts all the time.

Strip piecing from this necklace. Must try this out soon.


Cool fabric designs. These can be cut out of fabric and added to a composition.


Four patch, with interesting new elements/shapes to consider

Jewelry designs are so elegant and simple. Because they are usually small, nothing superfluous is added and just the essential design is presented. I learn from these.
There are tons of painting books in my library too, since I look at my art quilts as more like paintings than illustrations. Note the difference in design from my patterns and my quilts.

13 comments:

  1. Eye Crack! yummy!

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  2. I love Eric Carle... how did I miss Lois Ehlert all these years. This is wonderful so inspirational.

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  3. I used to work with Lois in Milwaukee a "zillion" years ago. Her illustrations have always incorporated paper collage, if not just collage. I'm missing some of the books you featured. I must get them ... for me ... maybe I'll share them with my grandchildren.

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  4. Great Stuff! I just busted out my Nancy Crow books the other day.She had an exhibit in D.C.('96) when I was living there and I was fortunate enough to get her autographs and meet her hand quilter.She validates my method of creative thinking everytime I read her book intro. "Aspire to inspire ere you expire."

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  5. I look at a lot of kid's books for inspiration too. Thanks for showing your list.

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  6. I read Eric Carle almost everyday to my youngest, and the illustrations are inspiring every time.

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  7. Eric Carle and Lois Ehlert are my favorites, too. I have always wanted to do an Eric Carle-esque quilt.

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  8. I've bought Eric Carle books for my grandchildren just because I loved the pictures. Will have to check out the other ones, especially Lois Ehlert.

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  9. I love Eric Carle and Lois Ehlert, too! To pieces! And I really love Chris Van Allsburgh, but I don't think his art lends itself well to quiltmaking. It is quite beautiful, tho.
    Hey - we should write a children's book! I could make the characters - dolls, you could make the settings - quilts, and Glory could help us with the story! Way fun!

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  10. Loved Eric Carle and
    Lois when my kids were small--and Jan Brett...but now a cat is sleeping on my shoulder so I can't say more...

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  11. Leo & Diane Dillon are my absolute favorite illustrators. Their works are gorgeous.

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