I love this time of year, so many wonderful colors in nature to enjoy. The weather starts to cool, which has allowed me to pull out my Red and Green Traditional quilt and start the process of hand quilting it. I pondered this week on how to tackle this project. I have read some quilt blogs where the quilter quilts around all the applique first and then comes back to fill in with background quilting. Often with applique quilts a grid is used as a background. It is about design, often in pieced quilts that have straight seams a soft rounded quilting design is chosen, but with the rounded shapes of applique the opposite is true and straight line grids are used. I have decided to treat this quilt the same as my other attempts at quilting and that is to finish all of the quilting as it presents itself in the hoop. Starting in the center of the quilt and working around moving the hoop around the finished areas until I reach the outer border. I hope to finish the second pineapple today in the large center block. The following picture shows all the stitching I did on the first one. There are four pineapples in the large center block so I have over hundred circles to quilt around. So I will definitely will be taking some breaks and enjoy stopping over at Kathy's blog and seeing what others are slow stitching today!