I came to use scraps of cloth like scrap paper. Especially the ones I either didn't like or didn't seem useful as is. I used them to practice stitches and dyeing, develop motifs and symbols. Eventually though, they grew in importance, these experiments. The "what-ifs".
Eventually I came to respect these experiments as exercises in transformation and they led me to the collage method of composition I so often use today.
Working with loose patches is easier. There is less commitment, yet a sense of accomplishment. They are portable and take little time. The open edges leave possibility open as well. They are fun and encourage play.
A rambling video to begin:
I start with the wishing star. It goes back to simpler times and was a design I considered as a looser version of a puzzle block, the quilt star. It is about hope and positive thinking and is always a mood lightner. Sometimes I use it aligned with figures. Like being aligned with your dreams. Sometimes they form a ring, of hope maybe. Sometimes they just float through.
These make me happy. What would your symbol for joy be?