Our first machine quilting class was relatively easy for me as it was on using the walking foot and I have done quilts using mine before. Here's my practice project:
Amazingly enough, when we were discussing long arm quilting, our class instructor said that she has a long arm, but doesn't use it much. Seriously??? Why would you take days (weeks) to do your quilting when you can do it in a few hours on a long arm?
This class is much more fun and much less messy than acrylic painting.