Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
I have the same problem with many of my quilt tops - what to quilt, where and how densely? One reference book I have found to be full of great inspiration is "Quilting Designs from the Past," by Jenny Carr Kinney. It has over 300 quilting designs for blocks, borders, eight-pointed stars, strips, flying geese, Drunkard's Path, etc. i have the EQ7 quilt design software, and will recreate a purchased pattern in the software so I can play with fabric placement. I can also print out the quilt or block as a line drawing, and will use a pencil to sketch out quilting ideas on the line drawing.
Your quilt has some wonderful negative spaces that are similar to the centers of the Double Wedding Ring pattern, and there are several stencils available that would fit that shape and space. You have some lovely floral motifs in the border stripe - you could stitch around the flower edges, petals and leaves to accent those areas. Please post a photo when you get it finished!
yes...you can do it with 6. generally fr the book you can use the applique designs for stencils or freestyle draw on to 'board' then size for each blocks design. you can prob find better, clearer answer to your thought on the eq group page here at mqp.