Laura from Sew Very Easy has a clever solution. Audition the various options right on the quilt top with a big sheet of plastic and dry erase markers. That allows you to easily see what looks best with your quilt. It also let’s you work out the corners and other potentially tricky spots.
This idea works well whether you’re planning to quilt by hand, do straight line quilting with your walking foot or do free motion quilting. In fact, by drawing out the design you’ll use when free motion quilting you’ll be building muscle memory to make the quilting itself go easier.
Laura explains her process in the following video. It’s so easy to do and allows you to play with quilting designs until you’ve found the perfect one.