I finally wrapped up all the quilting on the Craftsy 2012 Block of the Month quilt. I ended up using most of Leah Day's suggestions for quilting each block, which she demonstrates in the Free Motion Quilting a Sampler class at Craftsy. I made a couple of executive decisions along the way, such as substituting larger feathers in place of her 'feather fan fill'...only because I had a hard time making those feather fills look as good as Leah's!
Although Leah left the sashing strips unquilted on her demo sampler, I felt that it made the quilting density look inconsistent and my sashing strips looked a bit wimpy and puffy compared to the rest of the quilt top. Since I had quilted on an approximate 1/2" scale within each block and the sashing strips are 1"...and I was tired of free-motion quilting, I decided to do some channel quilting (ok, a.k.a. a straight line right down the middle) with my walking foot. I think it turned out perfectly, adding just a bit of quilting to hold down the puff and it fit in well with the rest of the quilt.
Along those same lines, instead of the 'river path' that Leah added to the outside border strip, I added straight lines of quilting 1/2" apart, filling the border to the edge of the quilt. Not only was this a fast way to finish off the quilting but it looked great (and consistent) with what I had done in the interior sashing strips.
Even though I have already posted several photos of my quilting so far, here is a photo of each finished block in the quilt. It's harder to see the intricate designs on the patterned fabric, but it's there! Trust me...I used more than 1,500 meters of Isacord thread on this quilt!