First atop a piece of light value mottled background fabric... I lay out a basic composition of an assortment of materials that will tell the story I wish to 'play' with. This one began from the sweet cherub napkin.
Once glued down... I added some stenciling.
In this case, I kept the background stencil soft. It will be a great help though when quilting the piece later... It will provide direction for quilting lines. Yeah! Let the surface design do the work! These little pieces are way fun to border and quilt. That will be later!!!
Finally the center of the quilt did call for something else.... so a soft value music stamp works for me.