In case you don't remember - I MQ on a DSM, currently a Janome MC 6500.
Below is one border edge on my huge "Cowboy Up", aka Tumalo Trails, from Quiltville.com. I am practicing these swirls, and I think the end result is quite passable! 8-)) . I had originally thought this design would be very time consuming, but NO, I did about 60 inches in one sitting. I was careful to match the light blue thread to the border color, so hopefully, the texture will show, not the thread.
I'm getting ready to take a driving trip and frequently dig in my quilting stash for gifts that might be suitable. I love ALL of my quilts but they don't do anyone any good in the closet. The Rocky Road to Kansas (blue string) that I call "Stringing my Blues" is one of my favorites. The quilting in the white area was done in a variegated white and pastels - turned out really nice, but kinda feminine. Next time I will quilt something more masculine in style.
Below (left) is my "Handsome Log Cabin" - I had a man in mind but then remembered he is from Canada! Uh ohhhh, WRONG colors!!!