I also decided to restrict the piece by size (no more the 15" x 12") and I could only use items I already had in house - no ordering decorations or fabric or anything! luckily, I had navy blue binding I could use for the edges!).
I was pretty excited, too because it let me use for the first time special tabs I made to sign my pieces! They were pretty inexpensive and I like the look.
Overall I love the look and am pretty happy with how the piece turned out. My first finished piece of 2015!