and how I got started on doing the Summer Sampler's (2019 can be seen here)
The blocks were, I believe, all paper pieced, and with Vicki's background matching her setting units the blocks just float on the background, which is a fabulous effect. I wanted to add a very regular texture so the quilting would fade back, but also so it could give a bit of interest to all the navy. a lighter thread was used because darker just read as too dark across the piecing (which is what should be the focus of the quilt), and with the regularity of the pantograph, the lighter stitching just adds a bit of oomph to the background. The pantograph I used is called Square Spiral.