After a few false starts over the past few days (taking all the fabric out, not knowing what to do with it, putting it away and taking the sketching paper back out, deciding to applique everying, not having any background fabric, finding and pre-washing some background fabric, still not knowing what to do, back to sketchpad, etc.) I finally began on the koi-fish quilt.
I drew a simple sketch, my idea is a random, flowing, blue watery background, some koi swimming around, and some rocks and long, tangled weeds on the edges. I started by randomly rotary-cutting some pieces of my blue water fabrics into gentle wavy curves, then applied them to a plain muslin foundation, overlapping them and zig-zagging the raw edges.
There's a bit more contrast between the three shades than I really wanted, but I think they look nice anyway. I think when I apply the other elements, they will seem to blend a bit more.
The whole quilt will only be about 40"x48"; it'll be a wall hanging.