I got the first border done in a beadboard and the top half of the first row of block centers are done. I kept going back and forth about using the light neutral thread in the circle areas or the cocoa. Finally decided on the cocoa since the spines of the feathers are mainly in the dark fabric and my not-so-good quilting won't be as visible!
I do like this. It's not the over-the-top quilting that could be done on it if I wanted to pay someone else to do it but, it's mine. To me it looks and feels free and flowing.... happy even.