Because you may be asking "what is kantha quilting?", it is a style of embroidery/quilting traditional in Bangladesh and India. It is simple running stitches, sometimes in a random form, other times in patterns, and often in many colors. Here's how I have used the humble running stitch to tie together the colors of my ocean and to create the feeling of movement:
And here's a close-up of the stitching:
As you can see, the dense stitching does distort the fabric and makes the straight edges wavy. And that's exactly what I want for this piece.
Next I'll baste the land, sky and sand fabrics onto the foundation and begin embroidering them. And I'm thinking of adding a treasure chest on the ocean floor, almost hidden by seaweed......