I'm liking the look and feel of the machine stitching to add texture and dimension. What a difference it makes! As I do more, it gets easier - even the picky little areas. I have lots more hand stitching to do, and the fabric is already getting stretched out but I can spray with water and put it in the dryer on low. Here in Colorado I can usually just put the damp quilt in the sun, but the weather is already starting to cool down. I have to say, I love early fall here. So fresh and lovely!