I am going to ask this because I have for all these years believed, must have read that somewhere, that non-quilted areas should not be more than a fist size...relatively speaking. And I keep that rule on all the quilts I have done. Yet, I have seen some lovely quilts on this board that have very large spaces where there is no quilting......I would be afraid that the batting will shift and get lumpy like the quilts that one buys for 39.99........or am I wrong???? I have noticed on antique quilts that the quilting is not overly heavy, but evenly distributed, not leaving any large gaps of unquilted areas....So I guess, my question is what is your personal guideline?????