I have been quilting just under 3 years. I have learned a lot in that time, but I still have so far to go. Piecing and appliqué skills are coming along nicely. Figuring out the best backing is fine as is pin basting. My quilting stitches are improving to the point I am not embarrassed anymore. But when it comes to figuring out what motifs and fillers to use, I usually stall. Sometimes for months. It's rare that by the time I get the top finished, I know how I want to quilt it. I am thinking of the quilting the entire time I am creating the top. Often with dread.
I currently have a top that recently sort of happened and I have no clue how to quilt it. My daughter brought me back some fabric from Rwanda. It’s a gorgeous colorful swirly fabric with a 10 inch repeat that begged for me to make kaleidoscope style hexagons. I have always wanted to try these. The background is a gold that goes well with the fabric and brings it all together. The rosettes themselves will be easy to quilt – the swirls themselves will establish where I stitch. However, the gold area will be defined by the quilting. I want something that continues the tribal flavor of the fabric, stands out but doesn’t compete. ACK!
Anyway, if anyone has some suggestions or can send me links to images of something to consider, I would be ever most grateful. I’ll eventually figure something out, hopefully during this decade yet!