Which is it?
I am often inspired by a fabric, although I don’t buy fabric because I like it. I have to have a project on the go first. (The ikey Scot in me, I guess!)
Occasionally I am inspired by an idea, and need to go straight into the studio to try it. If I like what I do, then I search for the fabric to make the quilt. If I want to make a quilt for a friend, and have no real idea what it will look like, then an exciting fabric is where I will start.
At other times, I need to put together some quilts for an exhibition, and the inspiration comes from the theme of the exhibition.