Have you seen Top of the Lake? It's a TV mini series filmed in New Zealand, written and directed by Jane Campion, and starring Elisabeth Moss (aka Peggy from Mad Men). The themes are very dark, but the cinematography is beautiful, the scenery is stunning (of course) and it has a very New Zealand vibe (we like our dark and brooding stories here it seems).
It's maybe not the obvious TV show to inspire a quilt, but inspire it did. I think the mosaic below of images from the show gives a good idea of the kind of colour story running through the series.
This is what I've tried to capture in my quilt. Since I was trying to capture a colour story and vibe, I didn't feel like this quilt needed fancy piecing, so I used the St. Louis 16 Patch tutorial that has seen quilts popping up around blogland like mushrooms.
This quilt was super speedy to make - it took me about a day to make a 70" square quilt top. I'm really happy with how it turned out, although I would describe it as deliberately un-pretty - the colours are a bit off, and it's definitely moodier than the quilts I usually make.
The title sequence, based on a painting by New Zealand artist Seraphine Pick, is amazingly beautiful and incredibly creepy at the same time, and inspired my use of the Tula Pink sea shells fabric (below).
A quick note about how I made my blocks, because it differs slightly from the tutorial I linked to. I mostly used fat quarters, and I cut the initial 4" wide strips lengthwise (i.e. on the straight of grain, or perpendicular to the selvedge).
Once the alternating 4" wide strips were sewn together, I was able to cut 5 4" wide strips. I used the extra strips to make the "rogue" blocks in my quilt top (where I have used 8 different fabrics instead of two). I thought this was both a more efficient way to use fabric, and also a way to add interest to a super simple quilt top.
Have you ever made a quilt inspired by a TV show or a movie? Also, I find I really notice quilts in TV shows and movies now - have you had the same experience?