I had to do a challenge with a fairly average piece of Marimekko fabric and at the same time decided to enter the NSW Quilters Guild Calendar Competition so this killed two birds so to speak.
First I covered the piece with gold organza and heavily quilted it with square & rectangular spirals. After cutting away some of the shapes to expose the original fabric I thought it was interesting but lacked something (focus, interest, theme, wow factor - all of the above!).
So then I attacked it with the rotary cutter - a scary move and no rulers involved which accounts for the lack of accurate angles but I like it like that. I then placed some of these shapes onto a piece of rich green Thai silk which set off the gold.
Then the shapes were satin stitched onto the silk with orange thread which caused quite a few ripples in the silk. More quilting flattened it out. Still needed something so some additional orange silk shapes and of course beads finished it off.