Just draw as much as you can. I know that sounds silly but as I tell my quilting students, muscle memory is important.
- the ability to reproduce a particular movement without conscious thought, acquired as a result of frequent repetition of that movement.”typing relies heavily on muscle memory”
In college we were required to keep an inspiration journal & sketchbook. At the time it was to add in photos, notes, sketches, really anything.
Building on that sage advice, I’d like to encourage you to keep inspiration at your fingertips. Pinterest boards, photos on your phone from quilt guilds and quilt shows, and sketches from anywhere.
The importance of a sketchbook, to me, is that while I can find amazing photos of cool-looking designs on the entire internet, my sketchbook is the place where I can see what I can actually draw.
From here, I can plan to build on skills sketched on previous pages to create something intricate and useful.
And while it may seem like I’m just sitting there with a random marker-color-of-the-day, I’m actually building muscle memory and creating a resource to flip through at a later date.
I’ve found, though, that I’m even able to break out some designs and add them into my own brainstorming. Recently taking a Handi Quilter class, I used my sketchbook ideas to help draft a couple blocks.
You never know when these ideas will come in handy. I encourage your to just draw as often as you can!