I did a couple of practice pieces and then even did a little sample applique quilt and did some feathers and echoes and whatever else came to mind to fill in the background.
Diane's tutorial is packed with good tips as is her blog. I have owned her book Quilt Savvy for a while. I have lots of areas in the book highlighted for quick reference and I go back to this book frequently just to brush up and remember all the great techniques.
The one thing I learned most from the book is what a difference the open toe foot makes. Both of these feet are good, but the open toe makes a HUGE difference in being able to see where you are going. I think my echo quilting improved 100% when I bought this foot.
The quilting continues on Bella Garden (by McKenna Ryan), I have finished the center.
Happy Stitching all from snowy Nebraska.