Inspiration can strike without warning (never a bad thing, right?)
...so how do you prepare yourself? With a notebook? Absolutely! Whether I am out for dinner
with family, or running errands, I always seem to find ideas for a quilt design
or a potential future project, but forget the details later. The solution is
simple: a little notebook! I like to keep a small notebook in my purse, and welcome
the inspiration when it comes!
Here are some of the ways that I use my inspiration notebook:
Have your current project's fabric samples with you. Cut fabric swatches and
staple (or tape) them to the inside of your notebook - that way if you run into
a sale you have your fabric at arm’s reach to coordinate it.
Jot down project ideas. Write down
ideas you may have seen or something you would like to interpret into a
Record measurements. I had an
idea for a bread machine cover for my kitchen, but when I went to start
working on it I didn't have the measurements. Next time they will be in
Take ideas from magazines, greeting
cards, architecture…even food! Draw a picture of
something that inspires you. you would like to put into a quilt, list of
supplies needed for a future project but not needing to rush right out and
get it, etc.
Shopping list. Never end
up ready to start your project and come to find that you forgot something
and have to rush out to get it.