See that teal and turquoise block? It's looking like "transparency", an effect I'm liking. The center blocks were all sewn and machine quilted traditionally, and I actually used a pattern. Because it's very large and I also had issues with "what machine can I use? (I hadn't purchased the Janome 6700P yet) so my plan was to make and quilt the borders separately, and add them QAYG, to eliminate some of the bulk. It's working quite well. I set up a large table in the middle of the room, to take some of the weight off my lap when finishing the last seams when hand sewing. Size is about 88" x 104" I'll make 2 pillow cases and send it off soon. May take me another 2-3 weeks for final finishing. The blocks were so much fun because while they are all almost the same, value alterations from block to block resulted in a myriad of different looks.
Here is the 3-fabric mitered border, not yet finished. I'll sew that last bias seam by machine and add a seam binding to cover seam.
I absolutely find it impossible to use just ONE machine quilting design -- gotta try them all! LOL