So how am I overcoming some of this? First, this summer I have been on the look-out for really nice straight line quilting. A few of the modern quilt books I have been reading have some great ideas and I am keeping a sketch pad of ideas. Even if they are not exactly straight, as long as they are not looped I can handle it thanks to my walking foot attachment. This attachment has saved many a quilt as it really keeps the three layers together without puckers or bunching.
Even though I could have done straight line stitching on this quilt, it just called for me to quilt stars. These I did freehand, so some are not perfect, but overall they added to the theme of the quilt.
Two down, many more to go!