When it comes to developing skill, practice is really the only rule. You can take classes every single day but you don't learn until you do. And you have to "do" a lot. Also, by doing you learn that you aren't nearly as bad at the skill as you thought!
I had 2 reasons for working on this particular quilt. Primarily I wanted to see if I could successfully quilt a quilt from the back so that I could feature more of my tie dye backs in my own quilts. Secondly I wanted to improve my skills at free motion fillers. I've never been very comfortable doing free motion fillers. I know that sound stupid because they should be easy, but I don't think they are easy at all.
I am appraching this quilt with a different filler in each spiral band. The practice is really helping me but I have learned one more valuable lesson.
What looks wonky, lopsided and weird up close
looks absolutely fine at a distance.
I really need to step back from my work more often and leave it alone!
So join me in skill building and work on a project that will help you develop a new skill. Don't sweat it, jsut work on it. You will be glad you did.