I can find inspiration in the magazines I subscribed to, like "Patchwork and Quilting" and "Popular Patchwork". I also like to look at french publications, and I find that they have very different models. The French like, for example, to use beige linen. That would never figure in an english publication.
If you are going to France try to buy Marie Claire Idees, they only publish 4 numbers per year, but are easy to find. They have a few designers who prepare projects on a theme, be it recycling, or the sea, or children. There is always something to make you take up your needle and go to the shops.
I also love books, and have quite a few. I will have to show you some of them one day.
Inspiration also comes from the fabric sold in shops. Like many patchworkers I am what you might call a fabriholic. My stash is growing all the time, even if I use some of it.
I also like to look at what other people have made, and when I visit a show I take some photos to help me remember what inspired me. Here are some from Malvern, may 2007.