Inspiration,When the Moon Hits Your Eye

A unique art quilt based on an unusual moon.

One evening last summer as my husband & I were looking up at the moon, it was particularly luminous that night and peeking out from behind the branches of several trees.Their dark branches formed a filigree of interesting shapes with that fantastic moon behind them.ย One long look & we ran for the ย cameras.Shots were taken from every angle. Rapid fire, click, click, click.

My husband was thinking of capturing a great photo. I thought of that, but I was particularly doing what I call “think’n quilt”

Think’n quilt

Think’nย quilt is seeing possible quilts in the world around you.Looking at what you find ย particularly intriguing or exciting with the thoughtย in the back of your mind “Am I excited by the prospectย of making an art quilt inspired by this?”

Many times these attention grabbers might be a fleeting imageย seen from the window of my moving car, then is quickly gone. I’m training myself to pull a U-turn and double back for a closer look, even though it’sย inconvenient.

When I’m ableย to get a betterย look, if I likeย what I see, I’ll snap a few photos.

Later when I’m able to review the photos I’ve taken, if I’m still excited by something I’ve ย shot, into the inspiration file it goes.

Occassionally there’s an image which I can’t get out of my mind, I’ll continue to mentally explore possible approaches. I don’t want to squander that idea on something Ho Hum.

I find that when my quilts are based on ideas ย which excite me personally, I’m enthusiastic as I work. I ย can’t wait to see the results.If I love what I’m working on, I do my betterย work.


Possible quilt? Yes it’s in my file waiting


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A few of the photos used in making “Moon Glow”


Here’s ย the quilt that came from that series of photos. “Moon Glow”.


Published by Barbara Harms Fiber Art

About Myself & My Approach Art has always played a role in my life, in one form or another. by my teens I had narrowed my focus to painting. I decided I was going to become a serious painter. I joined the Las Vegas Artist's Guild at 15, the youngest member at that time. I was completely out of place, I tried to go unnoticed, a mute fly on the wall, with a big smile pasted on my face. I've continued to paint most of my life. After a move to Oregon years later, I was introduced to quilting and fell in love. I was introduced to quilting & fell in love. In time I missed the creative freedom painting made possible. Then I discovered mixed media fiber art, I was home. MY APPROACH TO ART It's the creative process that holds the greatest attraction for me. Starting with a tiny seed of an idea; vague and blurred around the edges, I follow where that leads. There are often many changes and adjustments along the way. The result can often be surprizing. My approach is an instinctual one. Generally, I do little pre-planning. I make creative decisions, choices, directions as they present themselves. This approach can lead to quite a few changes in the direction. I love that element of surprize! Sometimes I have one that I especially like, I can't wait to show someone. At that moment l feel like a six year old, running home from school, a drawing in hand, excited to show Mom. At those times. I'm smiling like the Cheshire cat. Iโ€™ve had some of my work published in several magazines. which is exciting. But the most gratifying thing is having clients be really happy with their purchased art quilt. Word press Etsy shop-sales Contact: inquiry Personal Links

3 thoughts on “Inspiration,When the Moon Hits Your Eye

  1. Your “thinking quilt” is my “I see a quilt.” Since starting this blog, I have to admit, I generally see blog posts more often than quilts. It’s interesting when and how we get our inspiration.

    I generally have no idea how to turn the vision into a real quilt; I’m far too new at the game. For now, I keep the pictures in a “quilt inspiration” file on my computer and I have a similar Pinterest board. Maybe one day I’ll learn what to do with them.

    I have a moon quilt in my head. It’s going to be my summer project. Yours is gorgeous.

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    1. Leah I think you are “thinking quilt” already. Having a image in your mind that you feel would make a wonderful quilt and filing that away to ruminate on it, play around with the possibilities until your ready. I let them percolate for a while because I don’t want to squander it. Keep your file, cause I think you’ll make some of those ,maybe sooner than you think. Have lots of fun with your moon quilti this summer.


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