The chenille needle definitely helps!! It took me ten years to figure that one out. Anyway, I had a hard time putting this one down - as always the surface embellishment is more fun than stitching in the background "fabrics." There are one or two things I would change, but won't, as one has to stop somewhere sometime. (and start another one) My original thought on the long, curved seam was just to do "sprays" of the white flowers - but it looked unfinished and uninteresting, so it was put away for a day or two, and then I could see immediately that it needed something more - so added the little yellow flowers and some green French knots. Again, thanks to Allie and the CQ ladies - I had never noticed a curved seam before in crazy quilt. Adds character and personality!!!