Field Trip Friday: Quilt inspiration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Well, here it is. Our final field trip to New York this summer. Today we are visiting one of my favorite places in New York. I can’t promise you lots of cheap deals here, but I can share some gorgeous inspiration: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
I know in the past I’ve seen actual quilts in the Met, but this was the only one I found this time. A beautiful example of whole-cloth quilting from 1815.  Lovely stuff, but I was hoping for some great folk-art piece or something with color. I asked one of the staff who told me the Museum does have some quilts in their collection, but none were on display. So I had to look elsewhere for inspiration.
See if you can guess what this is. Doesn’t it look like a Log Cabin pattern?
It’s a mummy! Pretty fancy, eh? Perhaps we could start a new craft trend – bandage wrapping! This was pretty amazing!
The Modern Art Wing had some really great inspiration.
This one is creatively titled: Blue Green Red by Ellsworth Kelly.
This piece is also by Ellsworth Kelly called, Spectrum V.  I’m kind of obsessed with spectrum stuff right now. I think that is why I loved the set-up of Purl Soho so much, not to mention, their color-wheel quilt.  I’m even doing my current hexagon arangement color-spectrum style.  Here’s another picture of an Ellsworth Kelly from the MOMA that would make a cool quilt.
Now here’s where I’m embarrassed because I lost the paper with the title and artist information, but this one looks like a Rothko to me. I love the color.  (Some modern art enthusiast out there, feel free to jump in here and help me out.)
Same deal for this one. So cool.

(When I find what I did with the artist and title info, I’ll update the post. They obviously deserve much more credit for their talent.)

Once again, here is our good old metal hexagon piece by Anish Kapoor.
And finally, this one has nothing to do with quilt inspiration really, but I had to give a shout out to my favorite Dutch Masters: Vermeer, Rembrandt and Van Gogh.  I can only imagine the quilts these guys could have produced.

Hexagon info and other Tips

I’ve had a few questions about hexagons recently and I keep meaning to post a little hexagon information, so here it is. Finally.
For the hexagons I’m doing, I use the 1 1/2″ hexagon cardstock pieces. (The 1 1/2″ measurement is the length of each of the six sides. That’s where that number comes from.)  I bought my pieces from  They arrived super fast. I think it cost me $19.00 for 300 ready-to-use pieces. To me, the price was totally worth not having to spend the time cutting them out myself.  And I like that the cardstock gives a little more shape and stability to the process.
Also, I don’t cut out hexagon shaped fabric.  I use 3 1/2″ squares. Much faster and easier to cut out.  
Angela lists some good hexagon tutorials here.  The thing that really helped me most (I’m such a visual learner) were these Hexagon Tutorial videos at Texas Freckles. They’re really short and gave me the confidence to pick up this new hobby.
Hope that helps answer some of those burning questions and gets you ready to start hexing yourself. (That sounds a little like something from Harry Potter.)

In other fun news, my little magnetic pin dish tutorial was featured over at yesterday. Fun stuff! Have you visited Oh my – it’s one of my favorite sites for helpful information (tips, if you will) on a myriad of topics. Great links to craft patterns, recipes, gardening, household, downloads, etc. I love it – it’s one of my go-to sites!

A Quilt Blog by any other name. . .

I’ve been wanting to make this change for a while, but for some reason, it’s taken me until now to have the guts to do it.
I’ve decided to finally end the confusion and simplify my web address. Since most people know this site as Diary of a Quilter, I decided to make it a lot easier to find. Farewell quiltingdiaries.  We are now live at
Blogger should direct feeds from readers, blogrolls, etc, but you may need to double check just to make sure. Because I would surely miss you if you couldn’t find me. Thanks to all of you who stop by to visit! 
(Will someone let me know they run into a glitch out there? I’ve never done something like this before and I’m pretty much clueless about most things technical. I’m turning into my mom who took years to figure out that new-fangled thing called a VCR.)
Happy Monday.