Today, we’re so excited to be a part of Quilt Dad’s Beyond Neutral Book Tour! Quilt Dad, aka John Adams, invited several of his blogger friends (including Fat Quarter Shop) to share our thoughts and projects from his Beyond Neutral book. “Naturally.” we couldn’t say no and jumped right into the tour and his Beyond Neutral CHALLENGE, as well as adding in a few surprises of our own!
We are huge fans of Beyond Neutral and we even made it one of our 2014 Summer Book Club picks. JOhn posed this challenge for the tour: to find a photograph from nature hat has particular appeal for you, and build a color, print, and fabric palette from that image for a quilt. So, one of our quilty staff, Daniar, tackled the Triton Cove quilt from the book. Thought this is a water element quilt, ironically she was inspired by the Sahara Desert, savanna and rich colors of the sunset and chose the August collection by Sarah Watts for Cotton + Steel for her quilt. Here is a sneak peek of her quilt top.
We love how the coral solid tames the whimsical August fabrics into a warm, funky yet sophisticated quilt. Want to join the Beyond Neutral Challenge? We collaborated with John to create two special bundles, the Beyond Neutral Fat Quarter Bundle and the Nature’s Elements Fat Quarter Bundle (currently 20% OFF!). These exclusive bundles were hand-selected by John to reflect the premise of his book, drawing gorgeous color palettes from the beauty of nature.
September 19 — Amy Lobsiger at Mrs. Schmenkman Quilts
September 22 — Emily Herrick at Crazy Old Ladies Quilts
The jewel tones of flowers inspire me. I like the idea of green being a neutral because flowers stand out against green foliage, so I use a lot of green.
I love the colors of the seaside, especially the sunsets.
I love the colorful leaves in the autumn! All the reds, yellows, oranges and greens and a few browns thrown in … gorgous!
I love natural elements! Fringe-y grass, colorful prairie flowers, ocean waves and crisp fall breezes 🙂
I'm inspired by the beautiful colors of growing things,be it trees,flowers,grass,or even "weeds"( just unwanted plants in our yard). Thanks for the give a way. Bobbie at rjc2cam)at)gmail(dot)com
Sunsets in the Pacific Northwest are a riot of color. So much beauty to inspire creativity.
I'm inspired by bright gardens full of colorful flowers. I love bright colors!
Colors in nature often inspire me. And leaves and birds as well, which I often include in my quilts either through piecing or on fabrics.
I recently went looking for colorful leaves with 7 and 8 year old boys, so we could make Autumn posters. Even though it is early here in the Northeast, we found some lovely leaves that had "turned", and I found myself inspired to find similar fabrics for a new quilt project this past weekend.
Sapphire skies and emerald waters. Throw in a little sand, and all is right with the world.
I love the colors of Autumn, the changing leaves, the last hoorah of the florals, the colors of mums.
Fall is a source of inspiration. I love the rich warm colors of autumn.
I am inspired by water– the greens, blues and aquas. Thanks for a chance tp win.
Super giveAway! Love the colors of the desert!
Sunrise, bunches of flowers, the changes in the seasons…
I'm inspired by the colors of the sea, sand and sky…
I think each season gives me inspiration! I can't pick just a few colors, I love a rainbow!
The fall colors of leaves and the different colors of the sky!
I'm heavily influenced by the woodlands that surrounded my house when I was growing up.
Trees and leaves, no matter what the season, inspire me. One of the advantages of living in the Midwest, we have four changing seasons.
Everything about nature inspires me. Everything from a beautiful sunset to the changing leaves to flowers to the ocean. Inspiration is just a walk away.
Big fan of water colors, oceans, lakes….
Autumn, the leaves turning gorgeous colors, the crispness in the air, bits of cold and the anticipation of "cozy" days at home – that's what's inspiring to me! Great give-away, Thanks!!!
The colors of the fall, the oranges of pumpkins and the leaves changing.
The contrast of rocky outcrops against a bright blue sky comes to mind. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com
I've always been amazed at how many shades of green are in nature. Since we live in a relatively wet climate, we are totally surrounded by dozens (at least) different greens.
I live on the Columbia River so it a big source of inspiration for me from colors to the beautiful hills and cliffs that run alongside. Thank you for a great giveaway.
Nature is a never ending inspiration of color! From the periwinkle chicory and bright green leaves along the roadside to fall leaves against a clear blue sky to sunrises and sunsets and the rainbow of colors captured there. Where is a gal to start?
I love the formations of the clouds and stars.
The colours of Autumn (Fall) inspire me. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.
The sunset over the lake inspires me. Love to see all the boats on a clear sunny day.
Living in the Pacific Northwest I can't help but be inspired by all the beautiful shades of green that surround me – and throw in some blue from the Puget Sound and not so distant mountain ranges.
The seasons inspire me. Nature provides awesome colors and textures from multi colors of spring all the way to stark white snow and bare branches.
When I spot an interesting texture or pattern, I find that tends to stop me in my tracks for a closer look…but day in day out, it is simply color combinations that I draw on most from nature. I look forward to seeing more of this book!
I love the aqua color of the caribbean sea with a touch of pink in a sunset.
Currently, I'm inspired by trees and leaves.
color – shades and hues that are hard to recreate – colors that you would never put together intentionally – I love color
Fall colors, so rich after a green and bright summer. Beautiful gardens. Cell structures. Scientific slides.
Colors of the sky inspire me – especially the pinks and purples of the sun setting!
Water and trees for cool tines and sunrise sunset for warm colors!
The grays in a stormy sky!
I'm inspired by flowers, I just love florals, especially the tinier prints. They just speak to me!
The colors of flowers are inspiration to me. And sunrises and sunsets!
I love looking out my craft room window and watching the leaves blow in the wind. I also love going on nature walks to see what new elements I can find.
I love ocean colors — deep blue to light green.
Thanks for the opportunity. At the moment I am inspired by the colours and fabrics of antique quilts- and try to reproduce them in my quilt work.
The way the leaves change in Autumn is always an inspiration. I am lucky to live in an area where we start to see the changing colors early and the way the light hits the trees at sunrise and sunset makes it even more fantastic!
I like a lot of things in nature to inspire, but probably the most influential is flowers.
Since moving to Melbourne the big open skies have influenced and inspired me
Bright blue skies and green trees.
I'm always inspired by fall colors, the color of the leaves changing and the color in the sky (is it because my morning commute now is moving towards dawn as the sun gets up later?). Although this isn't my favorite season, the colors of it inspire me.
I love gaining inspiration from the flower garden. Can't improve on Mother Nature!
My flower garden for sure and the fall leaves…before they fall and I have to rake them up. That work is not so inspirational.
I like to quilt the colors of the sea.
I love fall colors- reds, yellows, browns. I also love tans and blues and greens- beachy/ water colors. Thanks for the chance to win! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com
I love the shape of trees and branches.
Mountain inspiration would be a must!
I love the ever changing colors of sunsets and when I am up early, of sunrises. The mix of colors can be spectacular at times!
I find inspiration from the colors and textures in a beautiful flower garden. Thanks for the great giveaway!
I love to incorporate the colors I see naturally on walks. Recently on a walk through sagebrush after a rain I loved the dark brown wet bark of the sagebrush and the icy light green of the new growth. Clipped a branch and found a perfect match at my LQS. Soon to be a quilt.
I look to nature for color combinations. I love seeing green leaves against a brown tree trunk. Or the shades of a sunset all swirling together.
Flowers. Especially roses. I think I'm compensating for being unable to keep any flowers alive despite how much u love them and really try. Lol
Driving through the hills of Wisconsin in the summer and the different waves if greens, golds, and even reds beacon to me. Then comes fall and another rich of color teasing me!
I'm drawn to birds and flowers in prints.
I am inspired by naturally old trees or woods, especially against a background of oceans and sky!
The calmness of the sea is what inspires me – and all those greens and blues!
The colour of leaves in the autumn are almost certain to appeal to me, and also all the colours of the seaa and sand.
the colours – pastels, brights, earthy tones…
Like the colors of the water and sand… Thanks for having a give-away!
All the colors in flowers inspire me. I love bright splashy colors. My daughter says I am in my rainbow phase of my quilting.
I use nature in a lot of my color decisions. It's hard not too when you are out of doors all the time. except when quilting of course!!
I love lakes – blue water and green grass. I definitely have a quilt with a blue background planned!
Flowers and sky inspire me.
I love the colours of summer; summer fruit, swimming pools, beaches and washing hanging on the line in the back yard!
I am inspired by the beautiful changing seasons and the colors of leaves. firstname.lastname@example.org
I think my favourite elements of nature are water, all those lovely blues, and leaves (my favourite – autumn).
The greens of spring! Color poping out everywhere!
I love many things about nature. I love spring which bring renewal of life, bright beautiful colors and then the fall when everything is taking a rest and bringing calm to our lives.
The colors of nature inspire me. email@example.com
I love the Autumn colors, the coloring of the animals, from birds to squirrels. Thanks for the giveaway.
The colors of nature inspire me with quilting. Love fall colors, my favorite. Also love the colors of petunia's. Thank you for a very nice giveaway.
The sky, and everything seen against it. firstname.lastname@example.org
I like to combine natural curved lines with manmade geometric lines. For example, if I have a pieced star that is high contrast, I like to balance that with curvy quilting.
I love the colors of fall – they've always been my favorites!
All the different flowers, and how colours go together.
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The colors of summer inspire me the most. Everything is so bright and happy- and that's just how I love my fabric!
My palette depends on the seasons – this time of year I am drawn to the lush colors of harvest time- oranges, purples, yellows, reds, deep greens.
The beautiful shades of greens in the forest aroung my home.
I love the look, sound and movement of water in nature. It has such a reflective quality that mirrors all the colors around it!
I love the colors of nature and the memories they evoke-snowy days, vacations by the sea, holidays. All inspire me.
Flowers…I recently completed a flowery quilt for a friend battling breast cancer.
My garden is a constant inspiration in my quilting and, in life in general. Despite the season the forms and colors push my creativity to new heights.
Absolutely everything, but especially the ocean, inspire me.robinsheloratearthlinkdotnet
Trees and flowers inspire my quilting.
Flowers, trees and grass inspire me – I love the way they move in the wind, and I try to capture the colors and contrast in my quilts. Thanks!
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Oranges and reds in nature, such as the Red Rock in Arizona, the Mesa's.
water and especially salt water (as in sea) is my all time favorite nature element. I remember sitting on the beach on Iceland, the 'sand' was black and huge blocks of frozen water rocking in the surf…ohhhh what a joy it was to just sit there!
Everything about nature inspires me. Sunrise, sunsets, wonderful outlooks, wildlife, change of seasons to name a few. 24Tangent@gmail.com
The colors of nature in the Fall inspire me from the orange pumpkins for Halloween and Thanksgiving to the beautiful red and gold leaves on the trees. Add to this a beautiful sunset of blues and pinks and what more could you ask for! Thanks for the giveaway.
On my walk this morning I was inspired by the green of the grass, blue sparkling water with white cranes floating along!!!
I love all the different leaf colors!
I love looking at plants. Their colors and intricate designs are so inspiring. Thanks for a great giveaway and a chance to win!
The sea inspires me, as I love blues and greys 🙂
Spring flowers get me going.
I am inspired by sunsets, and birds, and the sea, and rock formations, and…isn't nature just marvelous?!
I love anything to do with water because it is so peaceful to me. Add a bird or flower and I am in heaven.
Autumn colors inspire many of my quilts. Thanks for the giveaway!
Hello, oh it would be Flowers>love everything about floral fabrics! Thanks for sharing!
I love all the colors but I prefer blue, all blues
Thanks for this giveaway
I love the different shades of greens when you go for a walk in the woods. Along with that add the beautiful colors of leaves in the fall and I've got my pallet of colors.
I'm inspired by many elements of nature. I've made quilts that have mountains, trees, and leaves. Fabric pulls for surf and sand, a sunset, or a garden in full bloom. Thanks for the chance to win!
I love sunsets and flowers.
I love a good surise at the beach.
Pathways and walkways, no matter what they are constructed from.
The blue of the sky always inspires me.
I love the look of wild flowers in a field.
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Fall has the best colour selection to choose from. Trees and changing leaves.
I love hiking in the woods and using browns and green make me feel at home. I especially love fabric with pine needles & cones.
I get inspired by all the flowers in my gardens. There are so many colors to draw from.
I'm inspired by what I see when on a mountain hike or bike ride!
water, beach, sun, pool, trees, snow
All the colors of nature inspire me. From the beauty of a sky at dawn, clear blue and puffy white clouds, to the searing colors of sunset. Also, the beauty of the ocean and it's inhabitants. Never knew fish could come in so many colors! LOL! Thanks for the giveaway.
I love Spring in the South when the white and pink Dogwoods and the Red Buds bloom. When the spring flowers in all their beautiful colors come up.
I am always drawn to shades of blue and green like the water and sky.
I took a bunch of reference photos this year for a spring quilt I'd love to make – daffodils and cherry blossoms and the bright green of new leaves.
I am especially fond of pastel colors, so the shades of the rainbow have a special appeal for me.
I'm always inspired by rolling fields of farmers' crops.
Flowers and color in spring and the oranges of fall!
i love the colors of the sea. Aquas, blues and greens
Love allll the shades of Green that come alive in the Spring…all the Flowers… blue skies * spots on new baby deer in our fields!
The colors of Hawaii
The tropical colors of Hawaii!
I love the bright colors of summer flowers.
The colors of the seasons, the different colors of the trees. We have gorgeous sunsets and sunrises. Our everchanging red mountains. Thanks.
The water, especially the ocean, always inspires me.
The ocean especially is an inspiration. And rainbows!
Hello. My name is Oksana.
I am inspired with bright colors and unusual combinations. Like pink-orange sunset on grey-blue city sky, tropic fishes and flowers with incredible colors gradients.
Also I am inspired with nature in countries I visited – bright white Crete houses with green olives groves, Indian women in red saries and gold jewelries, blue and white tiles on the old houses in Lisbon. And of course I like nature in my native country – woods with all green shades and yellow autumn with golden-daisy
I love all of natures colors. The different colors and shades of greens and browns and reds of trees. Living in Wyoming the silvery grey greens of the sage brush combined with the yellows of the rabbitbrush and yellow browns of the sunflowers and other desert flowers are beautiful in the sunshine. (email@example.com)
Fall colors and the sky! thanks!
I love the shades of grey you find in storms- with all different colors as undertones. And of course, shades of yellow for the pops of lightning!
I'm more drawn to blues of the sky & water.
Loved reading about you, Kim. I, too, am a CPA and would and my dream would be to open a quilt shop. Congratulations on your business success. You are an inspiration to me! Adele Bonar, CPA
Right now I am into golds and browns and oranges — bark of trees and marigolds and mum blossoms are perfect inspirations.
I love the Oak Trees we have in savannah, they take your breath away! When there is a storm coming in and those dark gray clouds against the greens and browns is beautiful!
Living in south Texas fall is always a welcome season after our extremely hot summers. Most years the fall colors don't come until Nov or Dec. So I would have to say the colors of fall inspire my quilts. Love the auburns, golds and dark greens.
I am always taken by leaves and pinecones. Not sure why, but they seem to 'speak' to me. My friends know if they see a quilt pattern or fabric with leaves…they point it out right away! Thank you for sharing a very pretty collection of fabrics and your turn on the Beyond Neutral blog tour.
I would say that I'm inspired by birch, like trees and their bark. I love natural prints.
elements of nature haven't quite made it into any of my quilts but I do get inspired by all the fall colors and the blues of the ocean and sky!
I find lots of inspiration in water, including the ocean, rivers, and lakes.
I always get inspired by the leaves and trees. As well as the sky and changing of the weather.
Autumn colors inspire me the most, res, orange, green, never forget a little purple!
Love the prints in all the bundles. What great colors for a fall quilt project.
I love the bright green of trees and the shifting colors of leaves in sun/shade as the blow in the wind. Great giveaway! Would love to win!
I seem to be drawn to flowers, fruits and vegetables. The bundles are gorgeous!
We farm and I spend alot of time in the hayfield! I recently made a few English Paper Pieced blocks inspired by the green grass and bright blue sky! And a yellow and brown one that reminded me of the hay bales! Most of my inspiration comes from living on the farm! Gorgeous fabric giveaway!
I love the colors of seashores and mountains. And I love quilt that make me think of these scenes! Thanks for the chance to win these beautiful fabrics!
Ok seriously blown away by your patterns………
Very clever, and to have accomplished so much in such a short time!
Can't wait to see what's next?!
All of nature, flowers, trees, grass, leaves, mushrooms. birds, sky, you name it. Every day when I walk I have my camera with me so I can take pictures. Some days it's so colorful, others it's dull and drab.
My favorite color is blue so the ocean and sky provide all the beautiful hues I can dream of to make a quilt.
My inspiration tends to come from the ocean. The sand, water, the different shades. So gorgeous!
I am inspired by seasons and holidays. Things that make you think of home…
Rainy days, and the sounds of thunder always give me the sense of peace I crave when I sit down to create.
Love that fabric. Thank you so much for the generous giveaway.
I love open fields. The wide array of colors is just breathtaking, green, yellow, tan, splashes of random color from wildflowers. Thanks for the giveaway.
I love flowers.
I tend to use colours seasonally, so I'd say I'm inspired by the different colours in nature!
I live on a ranch, so animals like chickens, cows, and wildlife inspire me.
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I LOVE the seaside colors even though none of those colors really go in my home. Nature has so many beautiful colors that we can be inspired by.
water colors for sure. and i get inspired to create just by seeing nature reflected in sunsets, and forests and early morning sunshine.
I love the nature elements. Thanks
I have always loved plants and the beautiful lines in leaves and flowers are great ideas for quilting elements!
I'm a big fan of fall. I love all the colors that pop out that time of year. Don't really think that's what inspires my quilts. I just love fabric. Really like the quilts that are showing up from the book Beyond Neutral. Need to get it on my Christmas list. Thank you for the great giveaway. vkh6210@gmail dot com
My favorite part of nature are the vibrant colors of bright spring flowers. I make charity quilts for a pediatric infusion therapy unit (kids chemo). Those special children need brightness in their lives.
Wonderful Giveaway!! Flowers are my favorite elements of nature!!
In winter my garden is full of bare sticks, trees trunks, and yellow grass. But then spring and summer come and those sticks are covered with mind blowing flowers! The grass is emerald green, and the trees are covered with blossoms, amazing designs of shade on the grass and leaves that glow through the sunlight, then the finale of the Fall colors! wow.
I'm inspired by the many beautiful colors of flowers of all the seasons. Thanks for the opportunity to win
I'm very new to quilting & saw a sunset the other night that inspired me to want to make a quilt in those colors.
Love nature to get some of my inspirations. The seasons add into the nature. I have a Granddaughter who tells me what she likes and of course I make quilts using her inspiration.
Thanks for the chance, this bundle is beautiful!
I am inspired by the colours of the mountains and the lakes of the beautiful area where I live!
I love geometric quilts, so I love all the geometric aspects of nature. I looove spider webs! Just not in my house…
I am inspired by the change of colors in the trees. I have always thought they were so beautiful.
Oh these are so nice, would love to work with them if given the chance.
Just now I'm in to different shades of blue, by friend in Rhode Island loves blue and I'd like to make quilt for her…! Thanks for the chance.
Currently I'm inspired by the leaves beginning to change colors. Thank you!
I think the contrast of bright florals against their green leaves inspires me the most.
I love these quilts! I was actually just perusing quilt patterns for something to make for my son, and as much as I'm drawn to the shabby pinks and girlie quilts, I couldn't find something that was just right for a little boy. This would be perfect! I Love the colors! 🙂
Normally I am inspired by flower shapes, and their curvy lines.
I live in KY and in the Fall we have a beautiful change in color of the leaves. The color change is so beautiful and inspires me to make something.
Thanks for the giveaway it's a great one.
Sunsets inspire me.. I love the colors
The colors of fall most inspire me. The bright fall colors against the deep green pines and the rich brown earth. I love it!
Thank you so much! I can't wait to check out John's blog and find the perfect pattern for this. Thank you!!