I started basting this quilt over the weekend and finished it last night. Basting is a bit of a workout, and I always break a few finger nails before completion. I can't wait to start quilting on my new Janome. I have my second class tomorrow morning for getting to know my machine. I think I'll wait until after that to start this one. At my class last week I learned an interesting tip - when you change your thread, you should always cut it at the top and pull it through the machine the way that it's threaded. They said to never pull it back through the machine because this will clog up your machine with dust. I never heard that before, but will be sure to do that in the future.