I have just finished quilting a lap quilt for my mother and I'll tell ya, it is not the best thing I have done.
The quilt is a Friendship Basket pattern and I wanted to do some echo stitching around the basket handle but when I tried it on the first block it looked horrible. I ended up taking out a lot of the quilting and starting over with just free motion stitching. I know that Mom will enjoy the quilt, I just wish I could have done a better job.
Before I quilt anything else I will do some practicing on whole cloth. I want to learn how to make feathers, flowers and leaves. I need to get online and check out some of the sites that have machine quilting. Maybe I can find some videos to watch. I think I'll try some sketching on paper tonight just to get an idea about the flow of the stitching.