I also looked at an idea I had used on a recent piece, where I made a large and a small quilt and stitched the small one onto the surface of the larger. Below is a photo showing the edge of the smaller quilt lying on the background quilt.
This would allow me to use the fabulous yellow fabric from Esther as my background while I then created a smaller piece using the shape and colour and feel of the sun on the water.
When I got to this stage I was really happy with the concept and could then bring together the fabrics I would use to suggest the sunset on the river. My stash is more than adequate and a recent purchase of another piece of Esther's fabric fitted with the concept as well.
I also realised that a piece of cotton damask created by Nene Jallow from The Gambia would fit with this scheme as well. (the bottom swatch)
As I will have a significant amount of the yellow Esther fabric as a whiolecloth quilt, I needed to give a lot of thought to the quilting of it.
The photo from the river, showing the patterning of the ripples suggested a simple watery horizontal quilting to me.
My design included putting a vertical stril through this yellow fabric, would that affect the quilting? Another sample needed.
My feeling was that the strip did not necessitate changing the quilting pattern.
Now I had to try out my idea for the smaller top quilt, stitching strips of colour. Did it matter id the strips were straight or curved? I decided that it was an abstraction from the photo and therefore quite OK to use straight lines.
I like the hand stitching, and plan to continue any of these lines through into the background quilt to anchor the two pieces together.
Now I just have to get stitching for real and make this quilt!!