So I learned to sew from my grandma back when I was still little. She sewed literally everything in that house. Most of it was some strange 1970s fabric and design that just wants stylish even in the 90s. It didn't help that their walls had fabric wall paper also to just set the mood. Also she had a thing for Norman Rockwell and hummingbirds. Basically it was a weird house.
Back to my point... I guess I just assumed that my little sewing lesson where i learned to sew a bunny pillow that was completely adorable as a 7-year-old was just enough to make me a pro-sewer 15 years later.
This stupid arrogance led me to be super ambitious when it comes to quilts.
Moral of the story: don't be a pompous fool.
I made some elaborate plans for quilting on an average machine that were just not possible. I would get frustrated and quit the machine and hand sew the freakin' thing. (Which now I don't regret because hand sewn quilts are awesome.)
I just started googling quilting themes and realized, "Hey you don't have to come up with the absolute most elaborate pattern for a quilt to look awesome."
I fumbled through a few blogs on free motion quilting and found that Oh, Fransson! has the best instructions.
Check her out, she is super descriptive and just makes sewing fun!