Fabric Friday - Inspiration without Fabric

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It is Friday but I have no fabric to show today. Instead I thought I would show things inside and outside that inspire me.
I have red roses in several areas of my yard. I love the color of a red rose. It is so pure. And red is so beautiful, especially set with green. Red and green don't always have to say Christmas.
I love fabric with flowers on it. Don't we all? My yard is quite busy, just like my quilts. Lots of untamed growth.
My hollyhocks inspired my post theme today. I really love roses but I love hollyhocks more. I got my first hollyhock seeds from Jeanette at Piper's Quilts and Comforts in the Salt Lake area. Jeanette has fantastic hollyhocks growing to the side of the shop. I also got my first Japanese fabric at Piper's.
My lamb's ear flowers cover an area of my front walkway. The frosty green stems are not the most beautiful flowers but I knew I had to plant them after a visit to Temple Square in down town Salt Lake City one year. Being a city girl I had never seen this plant before. The temple grounds are inspiring year round but summer is the most beautiful I think. I find the texture of the lamb's ear most inspiring.Things inside my house inspire me, too. I love fabric with jumbo polka dots. Teapots inspire me. I think they are such a beautiful shape. Old buildings inspire me. This photo was taken years ago while on a visit to my roots in Pennsylvania in front of the old Reading Hospital where I was born. My mom (Freda) is with me in front of the building in the photo.
The teapot cross stitch was given to me by my mom probably 20 years ago or more. This vintage kitchen fabric quilt hangs in my kitchen. Old kitchen fabric and wallpaper inspire me. Obviously.
More teapot/teacups. This apple quilt is in my family room. The apples are from a group block exchange we did several years ago in our Alpine Quilt Group. My friends inspire me. When I look at this quilt it helps me think of the many ways friends inspire me.
More teapots made with Aunt Grace fabric. The rebirth of 30's fabric is one of the reasons I started making quilts with abandon.
I got these bowls at Amazon. They are new but retro. The shape, texture and colors of the bowls inspire me.
Cheaper than the real vintage bowls, these are microwavable and dishwasher safe. I love to put dishes and kitchen things in my quilts.

What inspires you?

Have a nice mid summer weekend. Can you believe we are half through July already? I always think of that on July 15 - Mr. Hive's birthday.

-nanette
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Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Love seeing what inspires you. I am inspired by so many creative bloggers who share their talents with all of us. Like you!

Muddling Through said...

Things that make me happy inspire me, and I see many of those inspire you, too! Your flowers are gorgeous. I like the feeling of barely restrained in a garden. LOL

Simone de Klerk said...

Inspirational post! I would love to take a walk through your home!
Have a lovely weekend.

PamKittyMorning said...

Happy Birthday Mr. Hive. May your year be filled with a fridge full of milk.

Fiesta said...

I love your flowers Nanette and Hollyhocks are my favorite though I struggle with keeping it alive.

Lynn said...

Such pretty flowers and thanks for sharing the quilts and other things that inspire you. Hard to believe though that you have no fabric to share. I love the apple quilt.

Nanci said...

As we were driving into the city for a wedding taking place this weekend, we noticed so may lilies along the side of the roads! It's truly lily time in Ontario. Also for the first time in ages...hollyhocks which I couldn't remember their names...I hadn't seen those in ages. So retro and so beautiful. I wonder if I can grow them. My beebalm is just starting to bloom...summer is in full swing when these babies bloom!
A great blog nanette!

Sandi said...

I, too, love Hollyhocks and remember making little Hollyhock ladies from the flowers when I was a kid. Many years ago, I brought home a seed packet for Hollyhocks from a garden shop in Scotland. Ooops....I learned after I got home that was sort of a no-no. Anyway, I planted the seeds and they grew to a lovely stand of flowers at our other house. When we finally get to my flower garden next spring, there will definitely be Hollyhocks and lots of them!!

Eileen said...

I love your flowers and your quilts , it all makes me happy !!!!!!

Lori Holt said...

You inspire me:)

tea with hazel said...

gorgeous post..i love hollyhocks too and i always have them in my garden..many many years ago my daughter bought a sweet little paper cone of hollyhock seeds from a market and gave them to me..since i first planted them i have had to manage where i let the seedlings remain because they are so prolific..but their majestic stems, beautiful colours and the reminder of my darling daughters thoughtful gift just make me so happy..jane

Belinda said...

Well, I am inspired and I feel soothed with all the beauty! I love the lambs ear!!

Lurline said...

I think I'm with you Nanette - I probably do love hollyhocks more than roses - now that is saying something! See the pic of the hollyhocks I grew once many years ago - it is on the left-hand side of my blog!
Hugs - Lurline♥

pratima said...

Happy Birthday to Mr.Hive! Have a wonderful fun-filled weekend!!
Hollyhocks are beautiful flowers. I love them when ever I see them in picture books and so cutely illustrated and colorful! Your rose bush is looking wonderful with a burst of blooms, Nanette! Your garden is so romantic! Thank you for the pictures :)

camp and cottage living said...

Your hollyhocks are so lovelt. Mine won't bloom until next month!
What inspires me?
All your colorfull quilts!

LuAnn said...

Your flowers are beautiful, and I really love that red polka dot teapot and the apple quilt.

Trish said...

Love the apple quilt ! Would you be willing to share the dimensions of the block? I would love to make one.

Sherri said...

This post was very inspiring! I love everything! I always want to do some decorating after seeing pictures of your home!

judy b said...

Love the apple quilt also....and your dishes...pretty color Vintage dishes inspire me....but mostly Vintage sheets and to make something with them. And the hand made linens....even if they have spots...just the thought of our "before handy ladies" and how hard they worked to make these lovely beauties. Anything Hexie inspires me.

RETRO-Fabulous Blog said...

Love lamb's ear! I let the flowered stems come in to draw in the bees(they love that stuff, but you probably already know that).

Pat said...

A lovely post. I love the framed quilt hanging over the door. Could you please tell me the name of the pattern. Thanks so much.