I've been in a quandary over how to quilt the little piece I made from the centers of Purple Cone Flowers shown here. I experimented with different quilting designs by laying tracing paper over it and although I wanted to utilize those arcs, it didn't work. Then I tried doing some French knots and thought that it would give me Carpel Tunnel and a sore shoulder for sure because it was so hard to pull through the fabric.
So I decided to go with beads, lots of beads. I went to the quilt shop in Ridgefield, CT, Sugar Beads, and found the colors I wanted. Well, close enough. It's a great bead store, but they mostly concentrate on jewelry and didn't have a huge selection of seed beads. I've been spoiled by one of the booths at the Houston show that has every size and color you can think of, but that's not here.
I'm going to quilt it minimally first and then bead away. I will put on a false back when finished to hide all the mess on the back. I'll post it when I'm finished, but that might be quite awhile. Beading is slow going, but I do like the results.