The quilting is done and here it is being blocked. The lighting and angle were not ideal for this photograph so it’s difficult to discern the checkerboard of light/dark thread used in the quilting.
But then, I did say I wanted a subtle background. So this piece is successful. If I had wanted a more clear shift of color I could have more densely quilted with the darker thread, perhaps even using a different and/or smaller design. Note to self: Good idea for another project!
And here it is finished.