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Quilt Pattern Inspirations at The Met


My search on The Metropolitan Museum of Art's website continues. My previous post explains that all images of public-domain artworks in the Museum's collection are now available for free and unrestricted use.

After sorting through The Met's images, I found several colorful, geometric and graphically interesting pieces of artwork. I am sharing a few here that I would consider making into amazing patterns for future quilt top projects:


“On top of the Metropolitan Museum of Art” by Chris Eason is licensed under CC BY 2.0


“High Museum of Art: Collections” by Daniel X. O'Neil is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Can you see this one as circles or hexes? I think this pattern may actually be a collection of plates.

"Temple Gardens" Paul Klee (German (born Switzerland), Münchenbuchsee 1879–1940 Muralto-Locarno) Date: 1920 Medium: Gouache and traces of ink on three sheets of paper mounted on paper mounted on cardboard Accession Number: 1987.455.2

“Indianapolis Museum of Art & Lilly Estate” by Stevan Sheets is licensed under CC BY 2.0

“New York View Art Exhibit” by Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York is licensed under CC BY 2.0

An Underground Movement: Designers, Builders, Riders at 36 Street Station along D/N/R Lines featured at the New York View exhibit at The Museum of American Illustration presented by Society of Illustrators and commissioned by MTA Arts & Design. Photo: MTA Arts & Design / Rob Wilson


“Asian Art Museum of San Francisco” by angela n. is licensed under CC BY 2.0

“Museum of Modern Art” by Kimberly Vardeman is licensed under CC BY 2.0

If you look closely, you will see a map of the contiguous United States and each splash of color represents a state in the union.

“Seattle Art Museum” by Nam-ho Park is licensed under CC BY 2.0

I did other searches, too. I'll be sharing some sewing machine photos and advertisements in an upcoming post. I enjoyed doing these searches and as previously mentioned, there are hundreds of images to sort through. Sincere thanks to The Metropolitan Museum of Arts for this special gift to all of us!

From their website: "Images of Artworks in the Public Domain: You are welcome to use images of artworks in The Met's collection that the Museum believes to be in the public domain, or those to which the Museum waives any copyright it might have, for any purpose, including commercial and noncommercial use, free of charge and without requiring permission from the Museum."

Do you have a favorite work of art that you think would make a stunning quilt pattern?

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