Monday, February 15, 2010

William Morris Quilt Inspiration

I've rediscovered a book about William Morris that has given me some quilt inspiration.

Last weekend I decided that the time had come to clean out my pantry. So you can appreciate the magnitude of this decision, you need to know that my pantry is not an ordinary pantry full of food.

Half my walk in pantry is used for storing bolts of fabric, my book collection, many magazines, trims, jars of buttons etc etc. Although this may seem strange it has always worked well for me, my two favourite things food and fabric side by side.

The trouble was that the shelves were bulging and over flowing and I was beginning to spend too much of my time trying to find things.
After reading an article about clutter I was prompted to take action.

The upside of this decision and my many hours of sorting was that I rediscovered some beautiful books, some of which I had forgotten I owned.

One was this beautiful book by Michele Hill.

I managed to spend the next hour swooning over the pages admiring each and every photo. Michele has designed some wonderful quilts and smaller sewing projects based on the amazing designs of William Morris.

The book is a visual feast and is also very informative giving an insight into the life of William Morris who was a weaver, illuminator, typographer, and designer of stained glass, tiles, furniture and carpets. Over 100 years on and his designs are still continuing to delight and inspire.





There is something wonderful about both the patterns and color of William  Morris designs.

I was lucky enough to find a William Morris calendar and have taken some snippets from it for you.





You can see why William Morris designs are popular inspiration for appliqued quilts. I must get my sketch book out and start a new quilt design.

You can read more about William Morris and be inspired by Michele's quilts and other projects by clicking on the link here:

Until next time, enjoy!
Warmly Lenna


Michele Hill said...

Hello Lena and thankyou for your kind words! I am still addicted to William Morris and am in the middle of book two due for release in October. I hope he inspires some new designs for you too.............your website and blog are lovely.
Thanks again, Michele

Pieced Pastimes said...

I have this book and I agree that it is wonderful. The photos are so inspiring!


WOW, That is one wonderful book that I will have to track down. You have a wonderful blog full of useful information and wonderful creations! cyndi

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