I was asked how i stitch my Granma's Flower Garden, but i can't put pictures into my answer :( So, please indulge me
I hand quilt around each little hexagon just inside the hexagon. And while that seems daunting - it actually hasn't been bad because i've found a way to keep a running stitch...
I have seen alot where the 'top & bottom' of each color has been quilted - eliminating quilting between the hexagons. Look at the picture w/ the masking tape..
I even saw a quilt where the quilter quilted straight lines all the way across the quilt - dividing the hexagons into 3 sec - It actually didn't look bad.
Daggone - it's hard to draw straight lines in Paint
closeup of how i quilt a flower
This is how i keep a running stitch - follow the black lines & arrows
then i stitch the bottom -