Thank you everyone for the advice! I'm sorry for the delay in my thanks - I can't believe over a week has gone by. My life got kind of crazy there for a week or so. Why does it always seem to get busy at home at the same time it gets busy at work? Anyway, the quilt is done and gifted already. The shower was the weekend before last and the wedding was this past weekend. I wound up just doing a meander in the border! But I do appreciate everyone's advice suggesting the leaf and vine. I started to do the leaf and vine and since I hadn't done one in awhile it was not coming out the way I would have liked. I was also so short on time that I switched to the meander. It looks fine and the only one that feels it could look better is me. Better finished than perfect, right? Here is a picture from the shower.
And here is a picture of the whole quilt:
Now onto the mystery solved part of the title for this post. While I was machine quilting this quilt, guess what started to happen? My hand started hurting - not the hand that bothered me a couple of months ago - the other hand! But in the same place. Then I remembered that last time it began right after I had quilted four quilts when DH was away and I had my little marathon. I think when I position my hands to move the quilt around under the needle, I must hyper-extend my thumbs or something. So now I am laying off handwork for awhile (although now it is harder to baby my hand as it is my right hand) and I am going to be very choosey in what I machine quilt myself and will send more out to a longarmer.
I have lots more to post about the wedding, etc. from the last week but I don't want to make this a book so I'll wait and spread it out!
Have a pieceful day!