One of my personal obstacles to achieving a more open free form quilting motif was pins. I have always pin basted my quilts every three to four inches. It is hard to get a long line of stitching going if you have to stop and remove a pin. It was clear I needed another way to hold the quilt sandwich together that didn't involve pins. Nancy Zieman shared the perfect technique, I hoped, on her Nancy Zieman's Sewing A - Z series. She used squares of light weight Heat 'n Bond positioned as frequently as you would pin baste. I gave it a try and miracle of miracles it worked.
I created a quilt sandwich the width of my fabric by 18" as Leah recommended. Next I heavily marked lines with chalk every 3" across the 18" side. This gave me a channel to follow. The results - well you tell me.
Assignment 1 - U's, Double Humps, Waves both Left and Right and a Little Free Form