Back to bark

I'm making a little bark quilt today, hopefully it will be my entry for Australia Wide Four. It's a bit of a test for some other bark quilts I will be making soon, just getting my head back in the space of the layers and putting it all together. I'm using almost the same colour scheme and fabric as Eucalyptus Melliodora (the big moth quilt) but I've replaced the bronze fabric with a shimmery gold fabric that is beyond fantastic - it's the kind of fabric I am so in love with that I never want to cut it up.

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So the quilt is just 40cm square, simple design taken from the same piece of tree as Eucalyptus Melliodora. I cut the visofix straight from the paper pattern I made and start adding the fabric in layers, one on top of the other. I know technically I could save fabric by cutting only enough for the top layer but you would really lose the depth and texture that way. I use a lot of wool as well, and I know it can be a pain to cut and sew but it just looks fantastic and is so much thicker than cotton. It also tends to fray less than cotton (good for raw edge applique).

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Blue wool layer,

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With a subtle brown black layer on top.

Quilting next! Any ideas for which critter to go on top? I was thinking a cicada shell but James said Christmas beetles.