When I first put this quilt on my machine, I outlined the applique and then used a tight fill in the background. Ew! It just didn't work with the neutral background and pastel applique and was distracting. And so, my DH Daryl spent hours upon hours taking the stitching out for me. At last, the quilt was ready for a redo. I outlined all the applique, did SID (stitch-in-the-ditch) for each block and chose a complimentary design for the borders. Sew Fine thread was used on top, MagnaGlide in the bobbin.