Front Doors, Hot Dogs and Inspiration

You know that cartoon with two people are stuck on a deserted island and they are really hungry?  Then one of them looks at the other and all he can see is a big hot dog?  Well, I felt like during my first visit to Palm Springs a few years ago.

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I knew it would be fun to visit with friends, eat good food and do a little site-seeing but I had no idea that the town would be so visually appealing.  I didn’t know that much about Palm Springs and I’m not sure what I expected exactly, but I didn’t expect it to be so handsome.  The homes, the signage, the walls, the accents, colors, mail boxes, everything was classic Mid-Century Modern design and I couldn’t get enough.

Because of the clean lines, bold shapes and simplicity of Mid-Century Modern, it easily lends itself to quilting.

As we drove around, everything I saw became another quilt in my head; I particularly loved the doors, like the one above.  My brain was on overload with ideas and when I got home, I sketched 30+ quilt designs in my notebook.  I have been dying to get started on some of them.

I’m afraid none of the pics I took are useable but I looked around and found a great post written by Mackenzie Horan, that highlights what I am talking about.

This is my first Palm Springs inspired quilt in a series I’m calling “Mid-Mod”.


What do you think? I’m happy with it although, I think if I make this one again, I will use squares for the shapes at the top.  The rectangles don’t look generous enough to me.

I’d love to hear where you find inspiration? Nature? Blogs? Fabric Stores?  Are shapes or colors what inspire you or certain fabrics or designers?

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