I'm quite happy with how it came out. I hope I like it on the wall in our living room. From a little more distance, you can see the different patterns in the squares/diamonds. Almost like one of those Magic Eye things (that I have to admit I have never, ever gotten to work for me. Not even once).
The part of quilting that I like best is the precise piecework. I just love all those neatly matched seams.
I quilted the entire thing with a random meandering/stippling pattern in a medium gray thread. For this quilt, I like the contrast of the curvy lines with all the straight seams. It also gives the quilt a cool overall texture. The stitching is most easily seen from the back of the quilt.
When it came time to finish the binding, I was torn about whether or not to do it by hand. I think that doing it by hand looks much nicer, but this quilt is 48" square. That would be 192" of slipstitching. Too much. My inner voice was calling me a slacker the entire time, but I stitched-in-the-ditch to finish the binding. It actually turned out really well (surprise!) so now my inner voice is now just calling me efficient.
I added a strip of randomly pieced scraps to the backing. It had to be pieced anyway - why not make it interesting? The unquilted piece at the top is the hanging sleeve.
I'm glad to have that finished and crossed off my list of goals. Now we just need to hang it up.
Next up: Sewing for charity - something I'm sorry to say I don't do very often.