I have noticed several things: maybe starting with such a large quilt was overly ambitious....however I am determined to finish this piece before I start a new one (have several ideas in my head). It's not easy stitching straight lines.....although I do see improvement, one stitch at a time. Different types of cloth create different challenges, such as more or less tension. I cannot quilt with a thimble and my righthand middle finger is toughning up. Quilting by hand is time consuming in a good way, and helps relax my mind. I like it.