Managed to quilt out the excess interior of quilt and finally finished it and my brother picked it up today. He was beaming from ear to ear. Couldn't praise the quilt enough. He will be delivering it tomorrow to it's new home. Whew, so glad it turned out okay and actually quite pleased with it. Please note I only have about 8 quilts quilted under my belt and there is lots of room for improvement. Under the conditions explained previously, I am thrilled with the end result and wanted to share it. Thank you all for your encouragement!
Hopefully I didn't make the pictures too small.