Sometimes I do have brain-waves....and when I do I try to get them onto paper. Then I cut the paper out and put it onto a piece of fabric, or a plain quilt back and try to imagine it as a quilt. That's how I come up with my patterns. This is one in progress, before it came to fruition. It eventually became the Shop Hop quilt for Kindred Spirits Quilt Co. Lengthy process, but is works for me.