First I choose a quilt design that fits the space and suits the style of the quilt. I have several books with patterns that can be trased or modified as needed. This one comes from a collection by Golden Threads from a series called Bold Beginnings # 2. I've used several of their designs over the years.
In order to make a running design for the border I cut a strip of paper that fits the border to be quilted.
Then I figure out how to repeat and link the pattern evenly over the space in question. Starting from the left you can see the pattern starts with the inner motif of the block design then one set of vertical loops then another block design and so forth. The pattern ends with the block design and fills the space nice and even.
It takes a bit of practice, too to learn how to manipulate the machine so that the quilting comes out resonably smooth. One reason I chose this machine (APQS Ultimate II) is because although not as fancy as some it is smaller and easier to move when it comes to detail work!
cheers, Claire W.