Esteemarlu had more good questions on the way I quilt and I'll try to answer them here. I have just finished the SID quilting on this quilt. Since it is 90" long I've turned it in the machine just for demonstation purposes for this post. I start FM quilting in the top center (not in the borders) and work to the right. Just like you write a sentence from left to right. Image that I am sitting in that chair and the quilt is sitting on my lap. The excess quilt to the left of the needle is being supported on the extra table and the sewing machine cabinet. Believe it or not, there really is 45" of quilt bunched up under the arm of my machine in both of these photos. I use my needle down so that when I stop the needle is in the fabric. As I mentioned in a previous post I really only use two different bats: Fairfield 60/40 and Hobbs 80/20. The batting in this quilt is the Hobbs Heirloom 80/20. Because I have a thinner bat in it, I can fit half the quilt under the arm. The next photo shows that (just disregard the marking on the quilt). I usually just FM an allover pattern in some sort of meander. The last quilt was a meander with a flower. I suggest just drawing it out on paper so that you get accustomed to the flow of it. I work from center to the right and then back again, see Figure A.
I try not to be too precise about aligning the quilting in the center so that when I work the other side there is not a gap in the center. Once I have the whole side quilted from the center to the right I end my quilting, pull the quilt from under the needle and then turn the quilt 180 degrees. I put it back under the needle and work once again from the center to the right, see Figure B. I hope this helps!