I ditch stitched and did a diagonal cross across each block before doing the free motion. Matilda's Own cotton batting, grey Signature thread in the bobbin (which hides nicely, if not completely on the dark blue tie dye backing) and Sew Art nylon in the needle. I love the Sew Art! It's very soft, not brittle at all and doesn't shine. I can't buy it here yet, but am trying to find a supplier. Thank you Harriet for this thread - but now I've been spoiled, nothing else will do.
Quilting from the back
Another one done!