Let's talk quiltmaking.
Are there fabrics you wouldn't consider for quilt piecing?
Do you insist on 100% cotton in a quilting weight?
Now think about why you feel this way. The history of quilting is very fascinating. I only know some of it, but I do know that many quilts were made with whatever was available. My maternal grandmother used old clothes, tired out curtains, or anything that she could sew. She did it all by hand - cutting, piecing and quilting. Seriously, many of her quilts could be placed in a Gee's Bend exhibit with only very few viewers any the wiser.
Another bit of history is the "crazy quilt." In the early 1900s women of affluence started making crazy quilts with satin, silk and velvet among other fabrics. But soon, the less affluent adopted the style when they started using pieces of cast off clothing and mill end pieces of fine fabrics that would otherwise be wasted.
Because of those traditions, I allow myself to play with fabrics that are "non-traditional" for quilting. At some time in the past, I was given a bunch of upholstery sample pieces. These were out of date and no longer needed. The friend who shared them with me was told "Take these to the dumpster - we need them out of the shop." Somehow, on the way to the dumpster, they fell into her car trunk. (oops!)
I decided to have a play day with them. Parts of a friend's cast off khaki pants are also used in this piece:
I also have some other pieced units that are not yet square. I love the fussy cut flower on the left side. I may add another section to put on the left and let this be a wall hanging. There are a few other pieces that have great motifs for fussy cutting. I think playing with these will be an ongoing project. What would you use this piece for? Let your imagination roam free and share your ideas.
And a final question: what is the most interesting fabric you have used in piecing?