Most of the time, I just make up my quilts. I have read enough patterns and followed directions enough to figure out how the shapes go together. So when I see a quilt I like or have an idea, I don't need to have exact directions to do the project. I like to make things using the size of the ruler, then I don't have to concentrate real hard on the measurements. Sometimes, I don't even use a quarter inch seam allowance. Since I pieced from strips mostly, it doesn't matter. Sometimes, my blocks turn out to be weird sizes, like 11 1/2 inches finished. But then I just make the borders to the measurements of the quilts, so the block size doesn't matter.
I don't really see how I have designed these quilts tho. These patterns have been around forever. Just because I didn't follow someone's written directions, I don't have the rights to these patterns. Why should I care if someone sees a quilt I have made and says, wow! I want to make one like that. But I do buy patterns in the quilt shops, to see how the quilts I like were made in the first place. Then I do my own thing, and my quilts are always different.
My DH says I quilt like I cook. He says I start with a recipe for Sweet and Sour Chicken and end up with BBQ Beef. I don't think it is THAT bad! But I do put in what I like and take out what I don't, and add extras, and change things. My meals turn out great but not repeatable. But hey, that would make life boring. He says he doesn't know how my quilts turn out square when I break all the rules. I guess the thing is, to know which rules to break.
I made this pointy stars quilt this year. This was made from scraps from 1000 Pyramids. I made half rectangles with the scraps made the size of the ruler. Then I added squares to make the blocks. Strips for the sashing and more strips for the border. Length of strips in the borders didn't matter.
This little scrappy top, I also made without a pattern. I sewed strips together and then cut them into rectangles, the size of a ruler. Then I sewed three rectangles together, two horizontal and one verical. Then sewed the blocks together. It is hard to see the pattern because we usually look for squares not rectangles. Width of strips didn't matter.
A friend sent me a bunch of four patches. So I added to them from my stash to make these blocks. They were supposed to be the same as in a book, but when I went back to look at the book after the blocks were done, they were not the same. The block in the book did not have the center square. Oh well.
I made this spider web quilt to try out a new ruler. I put pink and purple together, light and dark. I sewed one light to one dark and cut out triangles(once again the size of the ruler). Then put them together, and added corners to make the blocks. I added the corner hst's just for fun.