I experimented with motif options using transparent chopping mats placed upon the top and wet-erase overhead transparency marker. As the voice of regrettable experience, woe to any who touch this marker to the quilt top. I also used the Coloring Page and a sketchbook to test out my designs, because un-doing quilting is nowhere near as fun as doing it. As I like to highlight the texture of the quilting, I match my thread color to the fabrics. This requires a good amount of spools!