Thank you for all the terrific comments about the wedding quilt. It's pretty amazing to put so much of myself into a project & then bring out the pictures to show to people who get it. I particularly appreciate those of you who said you understood the fear of starting the quilting process. I don't think I mentioned yesterday, I had to call my mother AND my husband for a couple solid rounds of stream-of-consciousness nervous chatter before I could actually start cramming the quilt through my machine.
To answer a common question: the loopy quilting pattern is something I do freehand, not a machine stitch setting. I started working with it on my quilted pillows a few months ago, & this was the first time I tried doing it on a large scale. Despite the difficulties I had managing the bulk of the quilt while working my way across each row of loops, I felt very comfortable with the loop pattern itself -- probably because I had done a whole lot of quilt sandwiches (about 15"x15" so I don't have to wrangle material but have room to build up some movement, & I use that cheapo cotton solid from JoAnn so I can get a good look at what my stitches are doing) & over 25 pillow covers before I moved up to the big leagues. Seriously, practice, practice, practice. Also, practice. I love that quilt, & complaining aside, am pretty satisfied with how the quilting went, but I came away from it wanting to practice more.
To answer Erin's question:
These are quilting gloves. This particular pair is Fons & Porter, & they were very comfortable to use, even though the long-fingered among us should probably size up. They're cotton, with little grippy rubber dots on the palms, & they were a huge help with moving the quilt around, though I don't think I'd bother on smaller pieces.
What's that those handy gloves are sitting on, you say? Why, it's my little black quilting notebook, containing the beginnings of my next project:
School auction season & I are staring down the long lonely stretch of road at each other, revving our engines.