I am trying a new technique that I saw on Pintrest from Quilt Routes. For my first try, I am doing a small piece using the fabrics and style that I intend to use for a much larger piece.
I tore strips of shibori dyed silk, silk lining fabric and silk chiffon about 1″ wide. I think the tearing is preferable to cutting. The torn edges create a softer and fuller finish that adds bulk and blends the pieces.
The strips are sewn onto a backing fabric in parallel lines according to my design.
Tulle is laid over the top of the piece and quilted into place.
Because this was a practice piece I had fun trying different types of quilting. Instead of binding, I used short facings that were held in place with Vliesofix, not sewn down. Then I went a bit OTT adding some silver gilt and leaving part of the edges unfinished with strips hanging out. Overall I was happy with the effect. My main piece will probably not have the hanging-out bits.