To practice these designs, I put together a cat sized flannel blanket, which will be donated to an animal rescue centre through the Snuggles Project. Visit their page to find out how your sewing practice can benefit a local animal rescue organization.
I started this blanket by stitching September's FMQ Challenge design in the centre. It's a little wobbly, but I'm happy with how my travel stitching is coming along. This design was too traditional for me though, I would adapt it from a ring of feathers into a ring of flames next time.
I love the organic look of this paisley, but quickly realized that this wasn't an ideal quilting design for this project. One of the most important parts of donating a blanket to an animal shelter is making sure that the blanket won't shrink or warp when it's washed. Shelter attendants don't have time to deal with that.
These paisley designs have a lot of very close stitching, and I was afraid that would interfere with the purpose of the blanket. The more stitching there is, the more it's likely to shrink when washed. I tried to make the next design much looser and avoid travel stitching as much as possible. This one is called lava paisley.
I also dedicated a corner of the blanket to snake paisley and pointy paisley: