A Quilting Tip for You
This is one of my very favorite tips that I have ever learned. I have consistently earned poor scores by quilting judges about being able to see my starts and stops of my quilting. My usual technique is to sew in place for about 4 stitches, then zoom along and finish the same way. Then I trim the thread ends close to the quilt. It is fast, and easy. But apparently it is also visible to the discerning eye of the quilt judge, and they DON'T like it!
And, though it is a little extra effort, it is not hard to do. I wouldn't recommend it for everything you make, but if you have something that you are entering into a quilt venue, you might want to consider it.