For those who are wondering, I am using Sure Lock cone thread that is 100% polyester. Regular price for the cone thread at JoAnn Fabrics is about $2.19. When it's $1 per cone I buy a bag of them. Sometimes they work great; sometimes the thread breaks. If the thread continues to break I use it for piecing.
The template sits on my longarm frame table. A stylist attaches to the longarm. I follow the grooves.
After the feathers are done I do diagonal lines using the cross hatch board that I got from Circle Lord (Loracles). This particular board has graduated lines that are spaced 1/4" apart. I used every other line. Circle Lord also sells a "push button" device that will mechanically operate the stylist, but I have long arms and can often times work from the front of the quilt and still be able to reach the stylist to lift it if I does not end up too far under the quilt. I am also flexible that I can quilt from the back of the machine.
I made a lot of progress on my quilt yesterday while my little guy spent his first day in kindergarten. I only have one more crosshatched feather circle to complete. I didn't want to overkill the quilting on this quilt, so I did 1" spaced straight lines on the other areas of the quilt.
Here's the quilt before I loaded it to the frame (and the pieced back).
...and just because I can and this is my blog, here is a picture of Owen, my kindergartener