I love working with not only gradated backgrounds, which look like landscapes, but also with silhouettes. It is so easy to find a shape online, and then cut that shape out of black fabric, and fuse it to something else.
Cattails appeal to me in particular, and I have now made 5 or 6 of these small pieces, to go on my etsy store. (Go to etsy.com, and search for Quiltaruni.)
These two pieces have the same background. As long as I am layering fabrics, I make a piece about 20″ wide, and then cut it into two or three strips. The strips are not perfectly level, or the same width, which give the layering an organic feel. I fuse the layers down, and top stitch or do free motion stitching along the edges. It is amazing how just putting a few pieces of fabric together can suggest a sunrise or sunset!
Then, I add a small fusible crystal at the top of each (not shown here), to indicate a star. Very satisfying!!!
After having taken a driving trip in the winter, I am inspired to do some snowy landscapes as well. Considering my stash of fabrics, this idea could keep me going for a very long time!