TIP: Avoid open windows and fans or you might get a colorful snowstorm of triangles.
For quilting I used the Baptist Fan design. This link takes you to a website that shows a very clever way to draw the design. I happened to use Adobe Illustrator on my computer. Once I had the design printed I copied it onto one piece of Golden Threads tracing paper. Then I cut 12 pieces of the tracing paper, each large enough for a block, stapled them securely together and machine stitched through the pile without thread. This left holes as guide lines. You can also stitch through only one if you want to use pouncing chalk. I suppose you could use your walking foot to do the quilting, but I decided to try my hand at free motion so I could avoid turning the quilt so much. I did OK, got a lot of practice, broke a few needles and broke the thread sometimes, but those frustrations can provide motivation if you can figure out what caused them to happen. I quilted a simple design in the sashing, but still used the tracing paper to keep it regular. (Sorry the photography is not up to snuff here, but the quilting is pretty much background noise and doesn't show much even on the quilt itself. Great way to learn!
TIP: Read the books you buy! It is amazing how much you can learn when you think you already know how to do something.
TIP: Triangles have a bias edge and you must treat it with gentle hands and move it through the machine without stretching if you plan to have a quilt with straight edges. Please be sure that the straight edges are on the straight and crosswise grains of the fabric or you might have an unpredictable mess when you put the quilt together.
TIP: Cut the triangles a smidge large, then carefully measure and trim each square after sewing two together, making sure the diagonal line of the ruler lines up with the diagonal seam. That way the 12 inch block will come out to be the proper 12 1/2 inches (that includes 1/4 inch seam allowance).