My new favorite show is AMC's "Hell on Wheels" Have you watched it? There are so many reasons why I love this show: the writing, the characters, the costumes, the time period (immediately following the American Civil War), the grittiness, the cinematography, trains, and on and on. Not to mention lead character Cullen Bohannon/actor Anson Mount's awesomesauce hat (as cool as Indy's in Raiders IMO).
Where was I? oh yeah inspiration. Well the somber colors of the costumes in this show reminded me of Barbara's "1862 Battle Hymn" fabric line. And I just happen to have a bundle of the line that needed a project.
Now I just need the hat.