I sketched up a few ideas, looked through my pictures, and scoured the internet for additional color inspiration. What I landed on was a plan to make a piece 3' x 4' with flames licking up from the bottom part of the quilt and pieces of burning embers floating up and through the trees.
I collected a few fabrics that spoke to me. This time I really wanted to free form piece the background and layer on the units in a more intuitive way. I free form cut curvy lines and started piecing. Here are some progress pictures.
|Background fabric try outs
|Upper background piecing progress 1
|Upper background piecing progress 2