I took some of your excellent advice and found me some 505 spray adhesive, and gave spray basting a try. Thumbs up! Love it.
I also tried my hand at free motion quilting for the first time (excluding the puckered fiasco). The basting worked great! Not a pucker to be found! My stitch length is all over the map, but in time I am hoping that will improve. I have to keep reminding myself that I am not a professional, and I don't sell my stuff, it is given as gifts- who is going to scrutinize free stuff? It generally looks good from afar :-)
I think I can really get into the free motion, especially the stippling. The random thing would really work for me, seeing as I can't sew a straight line to save my life. Seriously. Which brings me to my next "first"- I decided to try some hand quilting. I am doing it on a strip quilt in addition to machine quilting, and it seems that following a seam at 1/4 inch is too complicated for me. Do I lose concentration? Do I have mini-seizures I am not aware of? I don't know, but I stood back and looked at the progress on this one today and my lines are wandering all over. No channel quilting for this girl! I know I have written about drinking and sewing in the past, but I swear I was not under the influence! Again, best admired from a distance!
Lastly, I picked up some wools and suiting and have a new sewing project in mind using these: In my mind, this project will be fabulous....let's just see how it turns out in Real Life, shall we?
I have a bunch of things in various stages of finishing, and hope to have something to show you soon :-) Also, still a couple tutorials on their way, as promised!