Everyday Quilt Inspiration: Emoji

Emoji cushion

31 Days of Finding Quilt Inspiration in Real Life

What could be more everyday inspiration these days than Emoji?!? They are everywhere. On your phone, on social media, in advertising, on fridge magnets, stickers, tattoos, cushions…. 🙂 here…… You name it, someone has probably stuck a smiley face on it. Do you know where Emoji started? You might be as surprised at their long history as at their very recent rocket to fame.

Finding Quilt Inspiration in the Everyday: Day 18

My daughter bought the emoji cushion pictured above while we were living in Germany. All the other kids had a cushion on their chair at school, but initially she didn’t want to conform. At home in Australia she didn’t have a cushion on her chair at school. So at the time, even something so simple seemed to be a threat to her identity and a source of homesickness. But in the Christmas Markets we found familiar and happy faces…… She chose the expression she wanted. I am not sure I would have been comfortable at sitting on this particular face, but she was happy. I should probably just be thankful she didn’t choose the poop emoticon…. LOL

How am I inspired by Emoji?

Spring Poppies color scheme from Clever ChameleonYou could have a lot of quilt fun with emoji-like pictures, and get in some appliqué practice at the same time. Draw up your own series of yellow faces, turn them into appliqué squares and put them together quilt-as-you-go. Here’s an example of a design I would enjoy making. I have coloured it using classic yellow emoji and my great aunt’s garden as inspiration.

Smiley face quilt design
Smiley-face quilt inspiration

There are all sorts of icons now recognised within the emoji family – including animal, food, flags, activity, travel and object emoji. Here’s one guide to a vast array of Emoji for inspiration. Just remember, existing pictures are subject to copyright, so don’t cut and paste willy-nilly. But thanks to the simple nature of emoji, and the public nature of the general idea, you can easily draw your own variations.

Yellow Clever Chameleon logo

I hope this inspiration has put a smile on your dial. A smiley-face quilt would be very easy to create, and would make a fun addition to a young person’s bedroom. If I wasn’t already in the process of making my daughter a quilt, this would stand a chance of getting made!

P.S. Did you know that there is such a thing as World Emoji Day?!? Yes. Really. 🙂 17th of July.

P.S. Have missed being a part of many linkys while we were away – it was just too hard without reliable internet. So glad to be linking up again with:
Main Crush Monday, Sew Can Do, The Inquiring Quilter (I’m featured this week – check it out!!), The Quilting Room with Mel, Freemotion by the River, My Quilt Infatuation, Crazy Mom Quilts.

P.P.S. Find the start of my 31 Days of Finding Quilt Inspiration in the Everyday here.

See you tomorrow! 🙂

4 Replies to “Everyday Quilt Inspiration: Emoji”

  1. Emoji’s ARE everywhere, and it’s surprising to me how integrated they’ve become in our written interactions with others. I do like your emoji quilt. It would be a really fun one to make! Thanks for sharing this post on Main Crush Monday. 🙂

    1. Hi Beth, I like this idea because it is hard not to smile when you see it. Smiles are infectious, even when they are just appliquéd on a quilt. I certainly hope I can get to make this one day. Thanks for coming by.

  2. What a fun idea–finding quilting inspiration in everyday things. I do that all the time. So glad I’m not the only one! Thanks for linking up to Wednesday Wait Loss.

    1. I think lots of us do. Even more than we realise. It’s the pinning down of the ideas and doing some of them that gets away from me. Thanks for running Wednesday Wait Loss – I always enjoy your link party. 🙂

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