Now that you have the quilt all pinned and ready to quilt, it is important to "package" it correctly so you can fit it in your sewing machine. The first thing I do is roll it on two sides to make it smaller.
Then I roll it into an even smaller "package to start quilting.
I work from the center out to the edges, stitching in the ditch any elements that will help stabilize the whole sandwich.
It is very important to have a large work surface to support all of the quilt while you are working on it.