Thoughts and process:-
When I dyed the fabric I didn't give consideration to the fabric outside the 6" block border.
So I decided to leave it as it was with the blue floating out into the extended area of the outside border…. I like it. !!!
Originally I began quilting with Mono filament thread in the top and gray 50 weight Masterpiece in the bobbin…
I didn't like it…so I changed to black thread top and bottom.
60/8 sharp needle and 50 weight Masterpiece cotton thread. I stitched over the majority of the drawn lines with the thread.
I leave the feed dogs up and use the free motion foot on my Janome 6600. They have a new tri free motion foot with double springs. It doesn't jump up and down as you sew but the quilt moves smoothly through the machine. Even though it's a free motion foot it moves the fabric forward like an ordinary foot… and remember I don't drop the feed dogs….
On the back I used a heavily patterned fabric, and for the extended border I followed the pattern on the fabric which showed through to the front giving me a pattern. So I quilted it from the back.!!!
Huh… problem… I had white thread where the blue wash extended… no problem, I just colored the white thread with a blue inktense pencil…. Perfect.!!!!