I am always looking for sources for ideas. There is a great blog, by Leah Day. Her goal is to create a new quilting pattern every day for 1 year. I believe she is on design # 240. Here are thumbnails of the designs thus far. http://www.daystyledesigns.com/365project.htm She also posts videos so you can see how she does each one. I have ordered her book, From Daisy To Paisley that has 50 beginning designs that I really like. The other books that I like are:
Mindful Meandering by Laura Lee Fritz
Freehand Filler Patterns by Sue Patten
72 More Ways Not to Stippl or Meander by Dijanne Cevaal
Machine Quilting Solutions by Christine Maraccini
When I have a new project to quilt and I do not know what design I am going to use, first I sit down with these books. I look through them to try to ignite a few ideas. Then I open my FMQ notebook to a fresh page and I start doodling with a pen or pencil. I start with the original inspiration and see what it morphs into. I need to be comfortable with the design to be able to do it in a repetitious manner all over my quilt top. Very rarely does my final design end up looking anything like the ones in the book.
Sometimes I start quilting and end up not liking it at all. Some quilters have told me that they like to see mistakes or mis-steps as I like to call them. So I will share my mis-step. For one section of the quilt, I decided to use echo quilting.
I ripped it out.
I ended up stippling.
This is the finished quilt. I've named it Filigree Fantasy. It measures 60"x 60".
I am relieved and thrilled that it is done.