I have started quilting my background by using freehand motion. It is going okay. I am trying to use several different patterns to give a 'jungle' look to it. For some reason, whenever I do art quilts, I use a black background. I have started using my own hand dyed fabric for it. I think I never want to use white or offwhite, because I feel that the colours show up so much more on black. One of these days, I must try using something other than black.