What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Use Heat n Bond Ultra or other non sew-able fusible to eliminate the need to stitch down the shapes.
What you will need
100% cotton quilting fabrics
Heat n Bond Lite
Pellon Select poly batting
Connecting Threads Essential Pro longarm thread. Because the red and green fabrics had Christmas words printed in gold
I searched for a contrasting fabric that also contained flecks of gold. I found a Holiday Inspirations fabric
cream with gold stars which was a perfect backdrop for my Swirly Christmas Tree. I used Heat n Bond Lite for the swirls and stitched them down using Superior Threads Mono Poly monofilament thread and a narrow blind hem stitch. I quilted it with my longarm.