What was your inspiration? I am working to improve several things at one time. I would like consistent stitch length at various sewing speeds. I would like to improve and have consistency in stitching feathers in various scales and designs. I would like to improve quilt pattern and thread selection for pieced quilts tops. In this project, I wanted to apply the design elements, light and shadow while keeping the pieced quilt pattern the focal point. Based on Cindy recommendation, after quilting the ESS, I quilt in almost all the green triangles only. I think the scribbling in the triangles achieved the shadows, which then enhanced the lighter sections. I chose a thread that would accomplish two things. First, the thread would slightly contrast the top fabric to see the quilting pattern without overpowering the pieced pattern. Second, I wanted a thread that would contrast on the back to reveal the FMQ design. I like two sided quilts. May 19, 2013 - Since I first posted this "practice" project, I added borders with the idea more space to practice. The borders were added with a quilt as method that uses a serger. The completed quilt is the project called "The Back is the Front"