The starting point for this extra large quilted pillow (24 x 24) was the tiniest of scraps. I picked the smallest blue and gray scraps from my tickertape pile and sewed them together at random to make what I call strata. You can find a similar technique in Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pederson where it is called crazy piecing. You can click the photo below to find an affiliate link to the book.
I trimmed the strata which, once made, can be used like any other piece of fabric, into squares and rectangles. I trimmed each shape a bit wonky, adding white around the edges to frame it against the black, Essex yarn dyed linen.
A line of brown ties the blocks together.
Working completely improvisationally, like this, is a bit of a puzzle. Figuring out how to fit the components together forces me to think critically and reevaluate constantly. In the end, I love my improv pieces for it. They are unique, even when inspired by quilts or techniques in a book, as mine was.