Like most everything else I've done regarding quilting, I'm winging it here. I've done my research, I've consulted Mccall's, Good housekeeping, my relatives, other blogs and resources, and I've chosen the method that works for me. I basted the whole sandwich with contrasting thread, up, down across and sideways and am starting to hand quilt from the front with the middle block. I love the way the stitch in the ditch method looks if I do it right. The stitches are hidden from the front and make a nice fluffy pillowy look from the back.