I keep finding quilt/textile inspiration in stained glass. There's everything from clever, complicated and geometric to pale, simple and restful, from wild, colourful and abstract to richly patterned, floral and extravagant.
This window is in the intensely atmospheric Halifax Minster which I visited recently. I'd never been to Halifax before, and was very taken with it. It sits in a large valley which is like a scooped bowl, a cluster of textile mills, tall chimneys and pointy spires surrounded by trees and greenery. Its grand Victorian centre survives relatively unscathed, with a lovely iron-and-glass indoor market, imposing town hall, quite stupendous Piece Hall (where there is a a good bookshop), and a superb new library with a cafe which are attached to both a old chapel and an old church .
And there is the Minster. Looking old, worn and very black because of the accumulation of soot, it stands slightly apart from the centre, but is worth seeking out as it is a fascinating place. It has hardly changed in centuries, and has a quite outstanding original set of dark C17/Reformation box pews (rare these days not that so many have been cut down or removed). With its unique set of plain-glazed Commonwealth windows which look like lace patterns, it does feel like going back to Puritan days, a world of black and white, stiff collars, tall hats, and strict rules.
One of the best features, though, is what is known as the 'Marigold window' (although I am not convinced about the marigold likeness) from the C18. It is like a huge flower made up of petals and more flowers, and silver stain has been used to create all shades of yellow and orange - tangerine, saffron, primrose and lemon - which work beautifully with the deep azure. If I were up to it, I'd love to make a paper-pieced quilt based on this design.
Sadly, I'm not, but I would bet that Florence Knapp aka Flossie Teacakes would be able to do something marvellous with this sort of inspiration. Still, it's nice just knowing that all the quilt inspiration I need is waiting for me in churches and cathedrals.