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inspired by…

This year,the Quilt Alliance contest theme is “inspired by”.    The idea is to pick an inspiration quilt from The Quilt Index or the Quilters’S.O.S.- Save Our Stories (Q.S.O.S.) projects.  I wasn’t going to make a quilt to donate this year because I just couldn’t connect with the theme.   Making a piece based on someone else’s quilt is just not the way I work.  But then I remembered seeing Jamie Fingals Metal Measures quilt hanging at the Handiquilter headquarters last year when I was out there taping an episode of the Quilt It! show.  I decided to approach the “inspired by”theme from a different direction and rather than taking inspiration from the imagery and pattern I took my inspiration from the materials –specifically the use of zippers…

zflowers“zippy zinnias”
16″x 16″hand dyed cotton,zippers

This allowed me to stay true to my own style while at the same time staying true to the theme.  The blooms are made from zippers and I used black zippers to outline the vases as well as the outer edges of the quilt.

vase8close up of “zippy zinnias”

This was the first project I made start to finish on my new BERNINA 750 QE.


I’ve dropped it into my sewing table and it fits okay but hubby will alter the table so that it will fit flush to the top surface.  It’s a beautiful machine,  it sews like a dream and I’m just thrilled to have it in the studio.


4 comments to inspired by…

  • Sherry Bleiweiss

    The new quilts are delightful
    What a clever idea to use zippers!
    I guess that is the hallmark of creativity and you got it
    Can’t wait to see it and you in person
    Sherry B

  • Hi Sue
    Love the zipper flowers and of course your beautiful bright colors.
    And the machine too!

  • Deb

    Sue,I felt the same way about the challenge . I must have spent a few hours looking but couldn’t Feel inspired by other people’s designs. I love the approach toy took &the use of zippers is awesome. It’s very You! Brilliant!

  • Sandy Jandik

    It’s a wonderful quilt.