Saturday February 28th 2015

Grate inspirations

Do you find quilts everywhere you turn? Even when they aren’t quilts, exactly?

The other day a friend and I were minding our own business, walking to a favorite deli for lunch, when POW! We (not literally, fortunately) ran smack into this quilt, wrapped around a tree.

Do you think this is the chicken or the egg? I wonder how many quilters walked past here and were inspired to quilt a cable border. Or perhaps the designer of this cool piece of urban art saw a quilt and thought, “Interesting motif. I like it!”…Jan Magee, The Quilt Life

See what I mean?
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7 Comments for “Grate inspirations”

  • Christine says:

    It’s good to know that I’m not the only one that does this!

  • Kelly C. says:

    Awesome! My husband just shakes his head and walks away when I start taking pictures of carpet and floor tiles that would make good quilt patterns.

  • Teri says:

    I see machine quilting design in grates, fences oh any kind of wrought iron will do.


  • sharyn Mellors says:

    Seattle Washington has these grate too. A few years ago you would have gotten a POW from them because they were improperly installed around light posts. A few Dogs actually died from lifting their legs on them before they were fixed.

  • Ann says:

    I see quilt patterns in stained glass windows in church!!

  • marlene says:

    I do this all the time. I looked at architecture for inspiration. I have photos of many NY City building features,and a particular train station in New Jersey. Floor tiles in any setting. Love it.

  • Peg de says:

    You should have seen the look on my husband’s neurologist’s face when, upon looking at pictures of my husband’s brain, I told her I saw a butterfly to quilt!

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