I didn't quilt all the blooms before listening to the quilt's protests, otherwise I might have just pitched this whole thing out the window. I did try about 4 designs on various blooms that ended up being picked out. I really hate picking out quilting stitches, especially the really tiny tight ones I get when my foot on the foot pedal and my hands moving the quilt around aren't working together very well for even freemotion quilting
In the end I decided less was more and that the walking foot is my friend, despite the quilt wrestling involved to change directions. Lots of walking foot quilting happening over here! The sashing is all done and I think about 1/4 of the blooms are quilted as well. Now that I have a plan that I can live with I think it will go more quickly. I hope so! I am ready for this one to be done!