What I will tell you is that this project is made from t-shirts. In the past when I free motion machine quilt t-shirts, I machine quilt around the lettering and any designs. This makes it sometimes difficult to then backstitch around the lettering. For the first shirt I quilted last night I decided just to meander stitch the background and not machine stitch around the lettering. Since I am experimenting, I only did one shirt before I got out the embroidery floss to start the handwork. I don't have enough backstitching done to make a decision yet. Here is the back right now with the floss I am using for this shirt. You can just see the meander stitching a bit - hard to see with that busy fabric - and the backstitching.