I started with a sample swatch. My sewing machine is thirteen years old, and the tension can be a bit touchy, so I always do a test run before I begin quilting. I also wanted to see how the thread would look against a contrasting background. Here's my sample:
I'm happy with the sample, so now, the real quilting begins:
An hour or so later, today's quilting comes to an end, after five rows in one direction, and then three rows orthogonally:
I love the depth and visual texture that the quilting adds, especially with the variegated thread. I'll be out of town this weekend, so it will be a few days before I get back to work on this quilt, but it's off to a good start.