Quilting is a functional step to connect the layers together and keep things from shifting. I have developed a special approach for embellished quilts that I call Wizard Stitching.
This clip ( below) is taken from The Sun MooN Stars Whispering Series. It explains best the reasoning behind my approach.
I use DMC embroidery floss and embroidery needles for quilting as well as embellishing. The floss can be separated into strands for the desired thickness, comes in so many colors and is softer and easier to quilt with. And it is very strong and wears well, cutting less into the cloth as it wears. It is color fast.
Let me talk now, about this specific piece I am working on...
I suppose this whole process, the making of a "quilt" would reveal the approaches I have to working bigger in general. Since the original work I did in cloth was making quilts, my smaller works are often just miniature versions of it all.
Anyway, it will unfold. Right now I am stitching the center.