The goal with the quilting on this top was to put something interesting in each of the settings squares and triangles, and to put a medallion type design in each of the sampler squares, and because at the time Heather didn't know where the quilt would wind up, to not make it feminine with the quilting.
So, we chose some Heavy Metal quilting for the setting blocks and triangles,
I had purchased a 'grab bag' from a supplier in January, and one of the items was a Quilters Magic Wand. It's meant to be used to draw the lines across a square when sewing half-square triangle units, but I knew exactly how I'd use it....
There was recently a little discussion on a quilting forum about stitching in the ditch(SID)--it's a great tool, and it makes everything look really sharp, but sometimes, even with a custom quilting treatment such as this quilt got, it's not necessary, and, not doing the SID can make the quilting more affordable (leaving more room in the budget for doing the SID on a quilt that does need it). Sometimes looking at the back can tell you for sure if the SID is required-- and these pictures clearly show that it wasn't necessary for this quilt.
The backing photos also show more clearly how the ferns face all directions.
Heather had been looking on my blog and noticed that I prefer 8" of extra length and width for loading the quilt, so she added some extra fabric to her backing, to make sure I had enough room to work---and you can see I started below her extra fabric, so it's not sewn into the project and she can remove her stitches, and that fabric is still useable for another project. It's a great trick if you're short on that extra length or width.
And here's a before quilting photo that is at a better angle to see Heather's wonderful piecing. If I remember correctly, they are 6" blocks.