Since I said that I wanted to share the process of quilting, let me show you where the corner feathers started.
This is a picture from a Dover Publications book on wrought iron designs. I played with the placement of the curls until I settled on the spine design I used on Kristi's quilt. We wanted her piecing to be the star of the show, so the threads all match her fabrics. The quilting designs are more visible from the back of the quilt.
The only part that had me really stumped for a design was the star itself. I put the feathers in, but I'm still on the lookout for other ideas. In case I ever get up the nerve to try one for myself.