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Picture This! Pillow Inspiration


In the August 2016 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting, we explore photo inspiration with Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co.  In the magazine, Joanna shares eight tips to take photos that can serve as the muse for your next project. Then she challenged herself and fellow quilt designers Laurie Simpson and Vanessa Christenson to design a project inspired—in color, texture, or pattern—by one of her travel photos. Two of the quilts (Joanna’s Photo Finish quilt and Laurie’s Just Rosy quilt) appear in the August issue, while Vanessa’s Frill Seeker pillow, above, appeared in the June 2016 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting.


See the travel photo that inspired the pillow:

Photo credit: Joanna Figueroa


 Can you see where Vanessa drew her inspiration from?


1. The color: The purple color of the flowers in the photo translated to the purple fabrics of the pillow.

2. The motifs: Beautiful flowers in the photo appear as fabric rosettes as the pillow embellishment.

3. The texture. The building in the photo shows a gradation of brick colors. Vanessa used an ombre print for the fabric rosettes to mimic the gradation.

4. The shapes. The photo combines straight lines of the building and paths and the curves of the water. The pillow showcases an overall square shape and circular flowers
5. The focus. The photo has a heavy appearance of purple flowers in the top left corner, which draws the eye. Vanessa arranged her flowers in the top left corner of the pillow to draw the eye in a similar fashion.
Where else do you find inspiration? Share your ideas in the comments. Or share your pics with us on Instagram (find us at @allpeopelquilt).
–The Editors

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