I have been quilting the asterisk block baby quilt.
I used spray basting to create the quilt sandwich and then heat to set the basting. I find that this method works well and keeps the fabric from shifting while I quilt on my home machine. Then I used invisible thread and my walking foot to stitch in the ditch around the quilt interior and between the blocks. I've only recently started using invisible thread and I like the result. It really is forgiving and hardly shows.
It took me a while to decided on a stitching design. I didn't want to detract from the colorful triangles, so I chose to use white thread, top and bobbin, and have been quilting the blocks with small leaves.
After quilting the interior of the blocks, I plan to quilt leaves in the sashing strips. I'm not certain how I will quilt the patched borders, but they will most likely be leaves as well.
More Feather Practice
I have also been practicing quilting feathers. I added some smaller plumes to my circle of feathers I did for the 2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.
At this point, it looks out of balance so I'll probably add some more plumes in the blank areas.
For this practice plume, I used a variegated thread by King Tut. This pic barely shows the colors. I like this thread and will use it again for quilting.