A couple of years ago I was able to purchase some yardage of Duppioni silk, with the intent of turning it into reliquaries. From the three pieces, I chose the one that would lend itself to embellishment based on a rich gold colour. Then I drafted a pattern. Based on the pattern size, I prepared the basic quilted fabric. this is a top layer of the silk, an layer of heavy interfacing, and a layer of felt. I quilt every half inch in one direction, and then every half inch at a 45 degree angle. Most of this stitching is hidden under the embellishment, and won't show on the finished piece, but I still chose a coordinating thread--Superior Fantastico, colour # 5001.
Then the pattern is laid out and cut.
This leaves me with a lot of machine quilted fabric, that I hate to just throw out. One of my favourite creative exercises is figuring out how to use these remnents. I'll think of something.