I started by quilting straight lines horizontally through all of the diamonds, and then turned the quilt and did vertical lines as well, so each diamond had a cross through the center.
Then came the hard part, at least for me! I am still not the greatest at free motion quilting, although I have been practicing. I did some practice loops on a scrap quilt sandwich to get the hang of it before starting the real thing, and then quilted the loops through the sashing in both diagonal directions.
The loops definitely aren't perfect, but thankfully the pattern is pretty forgiving from far away!
The goal was to make the diamonds look like kites. The loops are what Kelly had used in the original quilt in the book, and I thought they would work to represent the kite strings. Do you see it? The quilting gives it some amazing dimension, it's almost three-dimensional when the light hits it. The dense quilting in the sashing makes the diamonds really pop!
I'm really happy with how this quilt is turning out. All that's left is binding!