Check out this thread which has truly changed my world:
Paths to Better Stippling/Meandering
Wendy, who posted the above, has single-handedly taken me beyond Cross Hatch and Scalloping near a ditch - the only two quilting methods I have used.
It's a first attempt - and looks like it -but wow - what places I can now go! I divided the quilt into quadrants, drew "snakes" with a chalk pencil in each quadrant. I would start near the center of the quilt and work that quadrant. If I got too much quilt under the machine I would simply stop there, cut the threads, and begin again at the other end of the snake - overlapping the stitching when I met up with it again. These pinwheels are 12 inches across if that gives you some sense of scale.
First pic is the back - hopefully showing you how this looks. Then from the front you may can see the meanders around the snake. Please know that if I can do this - you can do this!
I usually make my stitch lines way too close - these are a bit too far - but I can see this taking places I so want to go. Thanks Wendy!