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Just thinking about Norfolk walls

Finding inspiration from natural stone walls

Inspiration for a new lap quilt can come from the most unexpected places. The colours and textures of the natural stone walls of Norfolk cottages have stuck in my mind and I’ve been mulling them over in my sketchbook. Playing with fabrics and shapes, wondering what they might become.

Quilt inspirationL Carstone and flint wall, Norfolk © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Norfolk flink and brick

Working on ideas for a lap quilt inspired by natural stone walls in a sketchbook: playing with fabric colours and shapes © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Ochre bricks

Working on ideas for a lap quilt inspired by natural stone walls in a sketchbook: playing with fabric colours and shapes © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Orange bricks

Working on ideas in a sketchbook for a lap quilt inspired by natural stone walls in Norfolk, England. © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Simple bricks

Working on ideas for a lap quilt inspired by natural stone walls in a sketchbook: playing with fabric colours and shapes © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Red bricks

The week has been ticking by slowly, frustratingly. I seem to have lost focus. I’m trying to drag myself out of this mini-slump, be kind to myself. So I’m letting my mind wander in my sketchbook. For now.

Why keep a sketchbook for inspiration?

Keeping a sketchbook on the go for times when your mind feels like it’s elsewhere is really good practice. You don’t have to do anything fancy, just sticking in photos of interesting things that you see will make you feel like things are still moving forward. You can stick in fabrics that catch your eye too, or anything else that you pick up on your travels (even if your travels are only to the supermarket!). You can keep magazine images or articles, notes of exhibitions you want to see – anything! You don’t have to fill your sketchbooks with paintings and drawings, they’re your personal journal and anyone can make use of them – they’re just a wonderful visual record to look back on when you need some inspiration. And, you can buy them small enough to fit in your bag and carry around with you.  Do you keep one already? What else would you say is good to keep for inspiration? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

Linking up with Let’s Bee Social and Work in Progress Wednesday, hop on over to see what else has been going on this week.

Signature: Stephie © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnchorusStudio.com

 

 

12 replies
  1. Jeanne
    Jeanne says:

    Everyone has those weeks , walk away and do something else. Everything will look different when you come back. You notebook is inspiring. Have a great day I’m off to my quilt shop to pick-up my quilt that was quilted.

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  2. Lorna McMahon
    Lorna McMahon says:

    You say you have found yourself in a mini-slump, but I’m afraid it appears you may have hit a “brick” wall. I always find your photos so interesting. And had never heard of flink and brick. I can see why you found it inspiring!

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  3. Kaja
    Kaja says:

    I think your approach to your mini slump is sensible – let your mind wander, play around, sooner or later something will get you going again. In the meantime, I like your stone walls a lot: the drawing in your sketchbook would make a lovely quilt, and your fabric pulls show you could go in some interesting directions. Equally, you may play and then put it down and do something completely different!

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thanks Kaja, I think I might go ahead and make a cushion to get some more concrete (no pun intended!) ideas for a brick quilt – I just want to start with something really simple. I think, I’ll probably change my mind tomorrow!!!

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