Molly brought me this gorgeous Bargello Quilt top she made.
The Pattern is called "Melindas Heart" by Heidi K. Farmer.
To decide what to quilt on it, I took a photo of the quilt top, then printed it out on a few regular sheets of paper, and started to doodle some ideas. The amazing 3-D nature of the quilt design popped out right away, and I was able to distinguish where I wanted the feathers to go, etc. I also used a water-soluable blue marking pen to draw out all the feathers and lines I wanted right onto the quilt top, so I wouldn't have to spend time thinking about it while it was on my quilting frame. So most of the work was done before it even got on the frame!