One of the first years I went to Gwen Marston's quilt retreat the theme was string quilts. I was overwhelmed with all the possibilities and could never settle on a design that I wanted to make. Instead of doing one big project I tried lots of different ideas and came home with a selection of small sample ideas for future projects.
I liked this little scrappy tulip to be used in an applique quilt.
This was another fun one that has the continuity of a common color like the scrapbuster that I just finished. Here, the accent fabric is set in a pinwheel design. The block is built from four squares.
This one makes a "spider web" pattern when the blocks are all set together. Each block is made from four triangle sections.
This next one uses up odd bits and pieces of fabric. Just built squares and set them together however you want. Four patches are always good. With sashing or without sashing. Anything goes.
Gwen's approach to quilting helped things sort of "click" for me. I came home and purged pattern books from my quilting library and now focus on books with photos of old and antique quilts. I would rather follow a "recipe" to made a quilt than follow a pattern.