I wish today I could have you all round. Despite the breeze there is a blue sky and it's quite mild. We could sit in my garden and just 'be'. There are flowers in every kind of colour and shape you could imagine and if you closed your eyes you'd be able to focus on the gorgeous scents on the breeze: the mock orange, honeysuckle, lavender and many roses.
My garden is a typical cottage garden. I was fortunate enough to be able to pretty much completely re-do this garden a few years ago. I'm always hearing how difficult cottage gardening is. Far harder than most kinds, as that romantic chaos is supposedly harder to do and get right than just regular gardening. I am not sure about this. I think if you have the hard landscaping in place and you get the planting balance right you can do this kind of gardening pretty easily. But one thing typical of this type of gardening is that no colour is wrong with another colour. Over all it works out and if it doesn't clash in nature then it won't clash in a quilt. At least that's my theory. You may have to tweak value or pattern in the fabric.
One thing you'll notice from the above photo is that green focuses pretty heavily. If the above was a quilt the green would be the background colour or a kind of neutral. Without even realising I am drawn towards green in quilts, where it sometimes becomes a neutral.
The quilt I made from a Freebird Charm Pack and some Kona Chartreuse.
String Greens Quilt.
The influences of my garden are obvious in things like my hexie quilt and the recent Ferris Wheel Cushion I made.
But sometimes I look at individual flowers and I see the potential of putting colours together I'd have maybe not thought of before.
Purple and Yellow Lupins
Purple, green and jewel like pinky reds in this poppy shot.
Imagine a quilt purple, pink, yellow, white and a pop of red, all with a green background?
I see endless possibilities in my garden. When you're deciding which fabric to make into a quilt what inspires you?