I too use the Grace EZ3 floor frame and LOVE it. The only place I really have room for it when I am quilting is in the dining room. I have good light coming in the glass door and in the winter I have the fire place for added warmth! When we have company, DH and I just move into our bedroom. As for quilting away from myself - like another said, if it is a long stretch I just start a new thread and quilt toward myself. In the case of short areas I have a thimble especially for the thumb that has a groove the end of the needle fits into. It's a little uncomfortable, but I can tolerate till I get to the point where I can quilt normal (pushing the needle with my thimble on my middle finger). I think I got the thumb thimble at WalMart or Ben Franklins.