I laughingly called this a "Handsome Log Cabin, and the name stuck! It was destined for a donation quilt - now, I am not sure. It started out so "humble-y" and my goodness, now I really LOVE it! It's amazing how a setting can alter a design!
The border AND the columns are quilted in a variety designs. I like ALL of them but discovered that longish straight lines in the light parts of the Log Cabin didn't work well. (I quilt on a DSM, not easy to do straight lines!). I removed them and re-quilted that area with shorter lines - much better - still not straight, but OK and more interesting.
I used light thread in light half of Log Cabin, columns, dark in dark half of Log Cabin
Innies and outies, ala www.PatsyThompsonDesigns.com in a squarish design. Because there was a large area, I chalked some gridlines as guides.
Below are small paisley-type plumes.
Here are some swirls in the dark (complete with a thread hanging on!)
Curly things in the light.
More curly things - some people call these "bananas".