After the Boston MQG meeting on Saturday, I was inspired to get to quilting on the Madrona Road quilt. I had been thinking about pebbles in the white strips before the meeting, and the free motion practice time solidified that decision.
The thread is a very, very pale grey which gives the texture whithout drawing attention to the stitching itself. I haven't decided if I'm going to do any quilting over the tumblers, right now I'm thinking that I won't. The top is way more than secure with the quilting in the white areas. Each full 54" strip takes about 20-25 minutes to quilt. I do half at a time, starting in the center and working my way out. It's using less bobbin than I was expecting - I can do 2.5 strips with one. I wound 7 in preparation so that I wouldn't have to wind any while in the middle of the project.