I found a wonderful group on Facebook called Quilt Design A Day or QDAD. The idea is that someone puts up a photo each day with a color palette, and then you design something. It’s open ended, so you can add or remove colors, etc. It’s supposed to get your creative juices flowing and encourage you to draw and design. I started using Inkscape software. Previously, I used Excel and Word (don’t judge) for everything but this was so over the abilities of those that I took their recommendations and installed Inkscape. It’s freeware and open source. It has a bit of a learning curve (in the QDAD group, they made in seem worse than it was for me) but Inkscape has great tutorials and I love it. I called up a few friends and said “quick, give me a hand drawn pattern to draw” and now have a few new projects on my plate.
My first picture was on 12/11, so I’ve now done 3. I plan to post the prior week’s every Sunday (in theory).
The photos on the left are the inspiration. The right is what I came up with.