Here's what I have done so far.
I stitched in the ditch around the large leaf, the sides of the leaf strips, and the border. Next I quilted concentric circles in the background. If you're curious about how I kept the circle consistent where it ducks under the leaf and where it pops up again, I used the same technique as when I quilted my red and green Sparkling Trail. I described my method in a post here.
Next I quilted "150" and "1867-2017" in the large leaf. I printed the text out in the font and size I wanted, traced it onto tissue paper, pinned the paper to the quilt, quilted the outline through the paper then tore away the paper.
I'm still not sure about this. It didn't photograph well, and the dates are a bit more visible than the photo suggests. I used a matching thread because I wanted things to be subtle, and because I lacked confidence in my free motion skills. Matching thread is very forgiving of wobbles and uneven stitch length. My stitching looks good in just the right light, but at other angles it disappears altogether, so I may go back and stitch it again in contrasting thread. Then again, I did want subtle! Maybe I should have used a larger font...The scale seems a little off, but I really don't want to pick out all the straight line stitching I did next!
I still need to quilt something around and/or in all the cream colored leaves and in the border. At that point I may reassess the large leaf. As I look at these pictures, I am becoming more convinced that I need to make the 150 and the dates larger...
Perhaps the best course of action is to finish as I have started, bind the quilt, enjoy Canada Day and reassess later!
I still plan to have a linky party for Canada Day so you can all link up any Canada Day related projects. If you don't have a blog, send me a picture, or links to other social media where you are sharing and I can add those to the July 1st post.
Finally, if you want this "150" pattern, please note that it is available free through July 1st at www.payhip.com/CanuckQuilterDesigns. After that date it will be available for purchase, on the same site.