I can, however answer your questions about the quilting. Don't you think it looks like tilled land? I love how some of the rows nest and others form those hourglass shapes. The quilting lines are about 1/4" apart. I marked the first row vertically in the center of the quilt to make sure I started straight and then I eyeballed it from there. It stayed amazingly vertical across the quilt...only 1/8th inch off from side to side.
I first learned about this type of quilting from Victoria, of The Silly Boo Dilly. Check out Victoria's blog to see her innovative quilting designs. I've done this both free motion and with a manipulated stitch on my machine. There are advantages and disadvantages of both. This time I used the machine stitch since the quilting lines were so close together. Many of us have decorative stitches on our machines that never get used. Victoria inspired me to experiment and play with my machine. I'm sure I haven't scratched the surface of the possibilities. I tried to answer the questions you asked. Feel free to email me if you need more info.
Have you been on the Modern Quilt guild site this week? All week long the planning committee members have been posting their answers to the question, "What does modern quilting mean to me?" It's been wonderful reading the responses of my modern quilting buddies and lots of other quilters across the web. Today is my turn. Check out all the posts and give your thoughts in the comments, or even better, do a post of your own answering the question from your perspective. Go modern!