I tried to design 3 squares that used more unusual quilting materials with results that were quite different from each other.
The first square the uses stems of artificial flowers that I buy occasionally because I like the blossoms. The leaves are a spongy plastic material that was easy to stitch. I couched the stems by hand and then by machine in places. The quilting stitches outline the leaf shapes.
The second square is more like a traditional quilt in that cotton fabrics are used - and cut into squares. The irregular arrangement is balanced and tied together by the variety of polka dot sizes and colors. I like using the raw edges as another element to tie things together. I can see now that the piece could be enhanced by a little more stitching. Maybe I'll do that!
The third square is my favorite!
I cut the black plastic netting sometimes used to package vegetables into strips about 1" wide. These were easy to pull around into a variety of shapes, and created an interesting pattern where they overlapped each other. I sewed these down with thread to match the background. What are the chances of finding exactly the right print scraps in the bin? Pretty good, in this case! The tiny tulip motif ties the red and yellow prints together and is wonderfully at odds with the contemporary design of the whole.