For the last couple of years I've been making most of my quilts using a pattern. Of course I had to revise any pattern I found to make it more tailored, but I always had a plan in mind when I started. I decided that I wanted to try a modern quilt that sort of created itself. I found one fabric that I loved with an abstract flower pattern, then I purchased solid fabrics in every color within the pattern.
I cut random strips of the colored fabrics and put them in a bag. I fussy cut several 'flowers' and then reached into the bag and sewed on whatever color I grabbed. For someone who tends to be very symmetrical in thought and a planner, this was a definite experience for me! Several times I pulled out a strip and by brain screamed NO -- that won't go! I just said 'tough' and sewed it anyway.