Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Ideas from old magazines

  I brought home a big stack of older magazines from our guild meeting.  As they were destined to be recycled,  I thought I would look through a few.  Many were over 10 years old.....and in the quilting world that seems like a long time.
    Imagine my surprise when I saw this ad....splashes of colored plumes!  Very similar to the border I did for Plume Crazy.




 


 Yep, I kept finding quilts with circles!
Sorry for the glare on the bottom one.....it is actually appliqued yo-yos....The top one was very artistic with the contrasting bands in the circles.



   

     This was a variation in a table runner size.  All the fabrics are Oriental prints giving it a very zen-like quality.  Various sizes of circles ---whole and partial---are mixed together over the center section.


  It just goes to show that there is a good reason to keep old magazines....if you have the space.  Ideas get recycled and revived depending on your interest.  Over time my interest do seem to expand and change, as these discoveries prove.  Unfortunately, I don't have space to save magazines......just the pages of interest.  But the next time you get offered a stack of older magazines, grab them for inspiration.

   The free motion class for beginners went well.  At the end of class a former student who works at the shop  came in.  I asked if she had continued to practice. Dee simply grabbed my pencil and pad and began to sketch here favorite motifs!  She is now doing her own quilts on a long arm.......I was so impressed :)   Of course, she had an ulterior motive......more classes scheduled and the intermediate Endless Feathers will be added to the shop calendar.   So I need a shop sample and supply list.  
Happy stitching.

8 comments:

  1. Plume Crazy just makes me stop and look whenever I see it, or anything remotely similar like that ad. Would it work to scan those pages you're interested in to a file for even less storage? I confess, creative browing is still tactile for me in many areas, electronic doesn't always catch my eye quite the same for some things. Which may be changing when I think about my opening comment. LOL

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  2. Who knew circles had been so popular back then?
    It's fun to browse through old magazines. I recall years ago when I was very sick and my Mom brought me a stack of her old quilting magazines to flip through. It really perked me up!

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  3. So many of those old quilt magazines have beautiful quilts, changing the fabric really makes them so much more modern. I take the quilts I like and make them up in EQ so I don't need to keep the magazines around. Glad to hear the class went well, but of course it did :)

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  4. I agree that old magazines are great for inspiration. It is surprising how "modern" some quilts are from 1990 magazines.

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  5. I've always thought quilting magazines have a timeless quality to them.

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  6. I have tons of old magazines (not just quilting, either) that I'm going to recycle as soon as I find time to look through them and save the projects of interest. Ha, ha, ha! I never seem to find that time.

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  7. I have tons of old magazines (not just quilting, either) that I'm going to recycle as soon as I find time to look through them and save the projects of interest. Ha, ha, ha! I never seem to find that time.

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  8. No room for many back copies of magazines at my place, like you I take out pages I think I might like to keep.
    I do like the middle quilt with the band through the circle and the very bottom one I recall seeing many years ago in a magazine and I have a basket stuffed full of Oriental prints gathered over many years - perhaps now is the time to use them!

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