I bought books on how to quilt, took classes, bought a new Bernina, and practiced and practiced and I am still practicing. I'm not great at straight quilting but I'm pretty good at free motion squiggly quilting! Still a large quilt is hard to manuver through a home machine so I started to learn different ways to quilt smaller pieces and then put them together.
I have been making a Modern Mystery Quilt, on the AQS site, My Quilt Place and it ended up to be in strips before the last step, which was to sew the strips together. When I realized that if I sewed the strips together, I would have a king size quilt, I would have to quilt in my machine, I decided to quilt it before I sewed them together, and this is how I did it.
Place the backing RST against the back of the section, lining up the raw edges on the right side.
Place the next section, RST, on top of section #1, matching the raw edges.
Sew a 1/4" seam to attach these together.
Fold the front and the backing in place over the batting. Iron and using spray adhesive stick each side down on the batting. Now you are ready to quilt section #2. It isn't as easy as quilting each block and putting them together, but you only have to deal with one section in the machine throat at a time.
After quilting this section add section #3 and quilt it, then#4 and #5. Noe you have a completely quilted quilt and you just need to square it up and bind it.