SID is not my favorite thing to do by a longshot. It takes a goodly amount of time. My target was to design a pattern that could accentuate the stars, and be quilted continuously with the rest of the quilt. What I drafted up has wreaths in the 4-patches, flowers in the diamond-shaped blocks that connect the stars, and something different in the stars. AND, it can be stitched continuously in rows. It did take a fair bit of marking of the circles, but that part is fast and easy. There is connecting stitching to get to the wreaths, but I do it along a seamline, and since many of the fabrics are close to the thread color, it does not really show unless you look closely on the back.
The backing is a soft flannel - one large piece w/o seams. Yea! The way to go, I tell you. Why quilters love to overpiece backings is a mystery to me!! But then, I fall guilty to that now and then too.
I selected a thread color that is a good match to the cream of the stars fabric. I thought that this would let the stars be "star of the show". In hindsight, I kind of wish I'd chosen a soft tan instead (although I hate to second guess decisions). The fabrics in the background are of all tones, and the beige thread is darker than I really prefer on the darkest of these. I tan mighted have tempered the quilting a bit, and made it stand out somewhat on the stars. Initially I didn't think that this is what I wanted, but in the end, I think I changed my mind.
I had done half of the border in the beige when I decided to rip it out and use a soft tan instead. It's not that I love my ripper (HA!...another hour certainly does not help that hourly wage one bit), but the deeper tone is better on the dark tan border. Or I think so anyhow.
I hope the owner likes it. The entire time I was sewing I was cursing the thread color, and cursing myself because I knew it was taking a long time, despite no SID. It took as long as I estimated the original plan to take! Once I removed it and cleaned off the chalk, is when it hit me. I love it. That is the point when the quilts come to life. And this one, once bound, will be fantastic. I know it will be loved by it's owner.