Any way, you know we had to find a quilt shop! And we found a fantastic one! Creations of Kerrville was so fantastic that we visited it twice! It is located in a beautiful old home, with the various rooms dedicated to various fabric types, notions, books, patterns, etc!
I found this pattern for machine embroidery of Texas Wildflowers! As we came to the Hill Country to see blue bonnets, I had to buy a permanent remembrance of those beautiful flowers (which weren't really blooming yet when we were there!) The directions for doing this multiple hooping piece were different than I had done before, but I quickly figured it out and got the machine embroidery done. I decided to accent the blue bonnets by having two different blues in my border fabrics.
I quilted undulating feathers in the outer border, using a thread (Superior Magnifico) that exactly matched the fabric. Bad idea, as you couldn't see the quilting unless you are up close and personal.
So I decided to try a technique I learned from quilting guru Patsy Thompson: hyperquilting! Hyperquilting is going back over your quilting design with a different color thread, and adding an interesting accent to your design. In my case, I used an earthy green that I had used in the embroidery. It also was Superior's Magnifico.
The corner closeup shows the finished result. I think it adds just a nice touch of color, and a bit of a pop to that border that was missing something!