Generally, I look to my antique quilt collection for inspiration when making a new quilt. And while I often make close reproductions with repro fabrics, I also enjoy using bright and bold fabrics to give new life to old patterns.
This is a whimsical black, white, and hot pink quilt I made that was based on a single border element in an antique Princess Feather quilt in the Starley Quilt Collection. It is hand applique and hand quilted (in pink thread, to boot!)
And here is the antique inspiration
And the full Princess Feather Antique Quilt.