I first marked off the sections, and then played with various motifs. In one section, I applied my first attempt at ruler work, which worked remarkably well. The first sections were quilted on a vintage Singer 1591, the remaining sections were quilted on a brand new Brother PQ1500. Standing back from it, it looks pretty good! Up close - I see all the "oopsies." I quilted this with the solid fabric facing up, and a very busy backing fabric...you can't see any of the mistakes on the back - er - front! I'm practicing my quilting skills on fat quarters, and then turning these into cat beds for the local shelter - filled with scraps from my other projects sliced very small. I've been reluctant to do practice sandwiches because of the "waste," but turning them into something practical has really changed my attitude about them!