Everyday objects, extraordinary quilts (video + giveaway!)

New-release day: Graphic Quilts from Everyday Images

Ever notice something seemingly ordinary—a chain-link fence, a pile of leaves, a string of beads, a tile floor—and thought, “That would make a great quilt!”? If you have, you’ll find a kindred spirit in designer Heather Scrimsher. Her passion? Creating extraordinary modern quilt patterns from the ordinary things she sees everyday.

Fall Leaves quilt
“Fall Leaves”

In her new book Graphic Quilts from Everyday Images, Heather shares the inspiration behind 15 one-of-a-kind quilt designs. Once you understand how she creates her quilts, you’ll see the details of your world through fresh eyes. And you’ll want to capture those details in your own unique quilts.

Propeller quilt

Today we’re excited to have Heather as a guest blogger to share more about her book, as well as a new video that shines a light on her creative process. Welcome, Heather!

Heather ScrimsherWhen I create designs for quilts, I start with a tangible moment. A memory. And I often snap photos to remember details. This has become so much easier with the accessibility of cell-phone cameras. Now, with a swipe of your finger, you can capture whatever fascinates and inspires you.

While I share the stories behind each of my quilts in Graphic Quilts from Everyday Images, I want to go further in depth for a few of my favorites, explaining how my designs go from photo to finished quilt.

Interlinked quilt
“Interlinked.” My husband and I were stopped in construction traffic. I was staring out my window at a chain-link fence. In my head, I was trying to trace the path of the wire that creates the fence links. I went home and sketched a rough drawing of the linking metal. Then I started adding to the drawing, and the second link was created within the first. I moved from a sketch to graph paper and began to color in sections of my vision. Graph paper is a perfect medium because creating a quilt is easy once you’ve drawn the design onto grids.

Masonry quilt
“Masonry.” My daughter and I were on a historical tour. I noticed that on nearly all the edges of the buildings, light corners popped against dark bricks, as in the photo above. That light-and-dark play inspired my own quilted version of a building from the tour.

Thorny quilt
“Thorny.” I love roses. But they only exist for a fleeting time. And what is left? The poor rose bush. I thought the poor thorns left after all the blooms had wilted needed to be recognized. And so “Thorny”—made up of four 32″-square blocks—was born.

I walk through my design process for “Thorny” in this video:

Reading this in email? See the “Design your own quilt: from inspiration to design” video at the Stitch This! blog or watch it on YouTube.

Graphic Quilts from Everyday ImagesThanks for sharing your behind-the-scenes design process with us, Heather!

What everyday situation is most likely to inspire your next quilt: a walk outdoors, a tour of architecture, or a stroll around your own home? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Graphic Quilts from Everyday Images eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

Pick up your copy of Graphic Quilts from Everyday Images at your friendly neighborhood quilt shop or at ShopMartingale.com.

Print book: $24.99 (with free eBook)
eBook: $16.99

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Nancy, who says:

“I have taken photos of material used in restaurant chairs/booths planning to use in a quilt one day. I also study floor tiles when I am in a high end waiting room!

Nancy, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!

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