With camera close, I am always on the lookout for anything that helps inspire my quilted life.  And you never know just where that quilt-spiration will come from!

Take a look at the photo below…and see if you feel the same as I do about that adorable little penguin.  This is an appliqued character for a table topper, for a table runner or even for a scarf!  I could put this little guy on different colored background fabrics for an entire quilt top!  I would *not* use this exact image – that would be violating the designer’s copyright.  I’d make my own image, using this one as the basis for my arctic quilting adventure.


How about you?  Have you found inspiration this year in unexpected places?  If so, please share!

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    Have a Heart

    I used to be able to crochet.  Well, I can still crochet but because of my skin allergies, the yarn or thread has to be washed before I can use it or my hands & fingers will blister.  Have you ever pre-washed yarn or thread?  Even in a lingerie bag?  What a tangled up nightmare!  Certainly takes the fun out of my non-quilt talents!

    While cruising up and down the aisles at our local craft store, I found these beautiful small, pre-made hearts at an extremely affordable cost.  I have mostly used them in cards to people who lose a loved one or just to say “you have my heart.”  I have quite a stash of them and purchase a few more each time I go into that craft store.  They are just perfect examples of a tangible object that reminds all of us that a heart is perfect as long as it is a heart full of love.


    You may have seen this Mini Quilted Lovie here I made using one of these crocheted hearts.  They would also make a great applique for a special quilt!

    You never know what may be lurking in your craft shops and stores if you don’t take the time to look up and down each aisle (in my case, while looking for something else entirely!).

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