And here's how it looks from the back:
I used one of the fancy stitches on my sewing machine for the light gray border.
There are a couple of things I have to keep in mind when using these fancy stitches for quilting:
1. I cannot use the Bernina Stitch Regulator when doing fancy stitches.
2. I cannot use the walking foot when doing fancy stitches.
3. That's okay because my 750QE has dual feed, meaning that it has "feed dogs" both above and below the fabric. I have a walking foot for my machine, but I have yet to use it. The dual feed is very effective at moving a thick quilt through the machine.
So with all of that in mind, it is still important not to put any drag on the quilt as I'm using the fancy stitches. If I place my hands on top of the quilt, they create just enough drag to distort my stitches as you see in this image below.
I wanted to keep the presser foot right along the edge of the border on both sides, and I figured out that the best way to keep the stitches looking nice was to put my hands under the quilt and just keep it heading in the right direction. Also, I had to be careful not to pull it in either direction. I simply raised my right or my left hand depending which direction I wanted to make an adjustment. It isn't an exact science, and my stitches are not perfect. Still, I decided they were good enough. When looking at the quilting as a whole, one really won't notice the few places where the stitches got a little wonky.
The outer border was quilted with the same wavy lines I used in the middle panels to suggest the flight of the birds. You can still see the chalk mark I made to remind me to turn the corner.
With this being the largest quilt I've ever quilted myself, I'm happy enough with how it turned out.
Now I'm excited to see how it will look when I get the binding sewn on. I'm expecting to have this finished sometime this weekend.
Tomorrow I need to leave around 11:00 for a doctor's appointment. Tomorrow's appointment is just an annual check-up, and then I'm going to the grocery store. I'm hoping for some time to finish the binding before I leave. If not, then I probably won't sew again before Saturday. Friday, I'm seeing the surgeon about my knee, and then we're going out on our boat in the afternoon. A busy couple of days ahead, but the weekend is free and clear.