Thank you everyone....so very much for your positive feedback on this current project. Though my first instinct is always handwork and or beading.....for some crazy reason I actually thought if I took my time, some clean straight line quilting would best suit this piece.
Geesh.......I really, really dislike machine quilting! Not the look of it....the process of doing it. #1 reason....it's not a skill I've conquered or frankly, even tried to. #2. My back kills me sitting at the machine. #3. No matter how many different strengths of glasses I wear, I can not see well. #4. AND of course my impatience during this task is a huge negative.
I make mistakes faster and it takes longer to remove them....I should just stick with handwork....in the end it'd probably even out in time. Sorry....I'm venting.....
After now spending more than 2 full days machine quilting....I'm not happy with the quality of my workmanship......But done is done. The outer border is next and figuring out what to do on the pine needles sections.
However, I do like the quilt (and will surely like it more once it's done....isn't that always the way???) So, of course I'll carry on and post a final view soon.