This might seem like an odd question - What is your favorite design? - but surprisingly enough, it led me to an interesting connection.
I've been busy designing and planning for 2013 and on Saturday I decided to make a list of my favorite designs.You might assume that my list would be very long, but it actually wasn't. All told, my list of favorites is around 25 designs.
But then I started looking at the list further and began to see a connection - every single design on the list was one I'd used significantly in a quilt.
So are these really my favorites, or just the designs I've gotten to know a bit?
If you think about it, a design you've used and quilted for 4 hours or 4 days is bound to stick in your head a bit. For your next quilt you might use it again because it will easily come to mind. "Ah! I know what to put here. I'll use Paisley!"
The more you use it, the more comfortable it seems until it's the design you use for every single quilt. It is your favorite after all, and favorite designs get used the most often.
But go back to WHY it is your favorite - it's your favorite because you used it in one quilt and got lots of practice with it!
As always, practice is the ultimate key. The more you stitch a design, whether it's on a quilt, a practice sandwich, a pot holder, or placemat, the more you stitch it, the more connections you will make with that design.
If you're feeling frustrated by free motion quilting right now, return to one design you feel comfortable with. If you don't feel comfortable with anything right now, pick one single design and start quilting it on everything.
So today take a look back at all the designs we've learned so far this year and see which ones stand out as easy and fun, and which still feel difficult or tedious. How much time did you spend working with them? How much space did you cover?
If you're looking to build skill in any area, with any design, the solution is simple - go quilt it!