Finally! After I got 3/4 of the way through, I realized that the way I was doing the background wasn’t really creating the illusion I wanted so I switched to an easier way, allowing quilt lines to cross. I wish I had 3-4 of these quilts so I could try different approaches to quilting them as in the book, Quilting Makes the Quilt. I might try one with minimal quilting in the sashing.
You can see the overall look from the picture in the header of the Quilt Inspector inspecting my progress. He also pointed out that it is quilt comfy and he approves so far:
Here’s how the sashing looks close up.
I have not yet stitched in the ditch around the center block, but I will do that when I quilt inside the block. My plan is to use different motifs in the different sections of each block, but I am also considering starting with one motif in the dark corner and gradually morphing it into other motifs as I move across the quilt blocks so that it echos the color changes.