I have a son getting married in two weeks. I've been working on a whole cloth quilt for them. You can see the design process in this post. It gets pretty exciting to make them such a present. It's also pretty exciting to have another son getting married.
I have put the top of the quilt on my longarm with thick poly batting. I used wash away thread on the top and sewed around the edges of the the design to get ready for cutting away.
In this pic, you can see the design that's been sewn around.
This is the backside with the batting.
And now I'm cutting away. I'm using very sharp little scissors. The ones I have are surgical shears. They work so nicely.
This is a sit around fun part, but it does take some time. Then the quilt will be ready to go back onto my machine and the real quilting will begin.