Woo-hoo! I've actually done some quilting on the first panel! Look!
Okay, so it's the back of the quilt. But the first round is quilted - the straight and incredibly hidden utility quilting, to keep everything lined up and stabilized. And wow, Jean, you were right - that black fabric just sucks all of the light into itself!
Time to press, stretch, press and quilt - 200 minutes, or 3/4 of "Honor Among Thieves" audio book (abridged), by Jeffrey Archer. I expect that the next one will not take quite as long.
(Oh, and that's Keith standing on a stool behind the quilt - remember, it's over 7 feet long.)
I've also identified the quilting motifs for the border and the kaleidoscope blocks. Now to trace them all out.... !