I have been working on some quilts with a firiend in memory of her mother.
The central panel above is made from doillies, a silk bag (vase); a small wool enbroidery sample (pink rose centre); flowers and leaves cut from a lace collar (shown left) and a lace hem; figarines from a piece of furnishing linen; ribbon and the background fabrics are recycled from clothing.
Things that I found important technically:
1. To carefully catch in any "loose loops" on the flowers and leaves as they are crochet and would unravel where cut.
2. To back the furnishing linen with a very light iron on interfacing to prevent fraying.
The overall look I am trying to achieve is that of a table top near a wall between two windows with satin curtains - with a bit of a William Morris flavour. This panel will become the central panel of a quilt in the traditional British Medallion style.
The other quilt we are working on is for a grandson who likes dramatic effects including black. We choase a pattern suitable for a younger person making the blocks using all types of fabrics many of which were backed with light weight iron on for stability.