For one, grippy gloves are a great tool. However, they are not all equal. I had a pair for a long time. They were not all that grippy. They started out white and quickly turned dirty and nasty. Seems they absorbed dye from everything they touched. I found these at Market in the fall. They are fantastic. Super grippy and they do not turn ugly. They really make it less work to move your quilt around.
Also I like to quilt with YLI Silk thread. It is finer, doesn't show quite as boldly and leaves the quilt a little softer. If you are not a great quilter it hides your mistakes a little better.(just saying) Along with the silk thread, I keep my quilting further apart and finish with hand stitching accents.
This is a sneak peek at Alyce, the next layer cake pattern. I stitched the background on my machine with the silk and used the big stitch method on all the applique. I love the way this quilt turned out. It is super soft and snuggly. It is made from Buttercup by Fig Tree Quilts. The colors are clear and springy. I can see it draped on the back of a couch or wrapped around a baby. So, I have adapted. One thing I want to make clear - I am not a professional in the area of machine quilting. These are just some of the things that work for me. Do you have any tips to share?