patterning process

I spent a little time last night creating a new pattern called leaflets. This simple line drawing ended up with a multitude of ways to experiment and add texture and depth.

I am not sure why I create these patterns. It's like a game of solitaire, is it a waste of time? or just passing time without thought? I love the jigsaw aspect of fitting the elements together to create a seamless mix of line and color. My quilts don't use pattern (since I prefer working with the line work of the thread). I am not a pattern person in my surroundings, eschewing things like wallpaper and pretty little skirts. What is it?

©2011, Paula Kovarik