I decided to us my figure of eight scribble stitch for the background. I started off with a vertical quilt stitch but didn't like it so reverted to this favourite. Between working on the legal requirements for our property purchase and this the free machine quilting has a calming effect. I think I might hang this one in the dining room once finished. The thread used for the background quilting is a silver grey rayon - it stands out a bit from the pieced background but also amalgamates the background.