I've been working on a "Darned Quilt", in an on-line class through Quilt University (quiltuniversity.com). Dena Crain is the teacher, and this is my first on-line quilt class experience. First, we started with a fabric gradation (hand dyed by me, of course), and cut & pieced the curved background. Then sewed lots of contrasting strips & embellishments across the piece:
Once the background is finished, then you cut circles out, and reposition them: It's kind of scary at first, but gets easier with each one!
My work in progress: I think it looks awesome, now I have to sew each of the circles in place using a darning stitch. And maybe cut out some more circles!