Roler, the best advice I can give right now is don't use that clear thread for the top the first go around. It keep breaking on me but I am too far in to switch it. The actual quilting part isn't bad. I got a walking foot and that seems to have cured most of the issues I used to have quilting smaller things (like pot holders).
I only have 7 more rows to quilt before I start the finishing of the edges. With only five more crafting days left I am nervous. My ex threw a huge wrench in my plans for Saturday but I get to see my step son for the entire day so the added stress will be worth it. Sunday I plan to work on the quilt until I am in tears. They can be of joy or sorrow, that is up to the quilt to decide.
Best of luck to everyone on getting all your holiday crafting completed!!!!