Diane Gaudynski is always right and this time even more so. On a patterned background the only quilting which shows up is straight lines and grids.
And as much as I hate doing it, this is the only way to go with the background fabric. I could use the walking foot and do lots and starts and stops but I'm freemotioning it all and taking the stitching and taking the thread along the outlines when I need to start a new line.
DH captured this woodpecker this morning on camera. They visit the garden quite often but not normally when there is a camera to hand.