The quilt top seems really "loose" on the quilt and I think that's because I used safety pins to baste rather than spray and the quilt has been handled a lot to manage the sheer size and weight. It's also stitched in the ditch which I think is making it look a little wrinkly. When I'm finished quilting I'll give it a good starch and press and hope for the best.
My machine is starting to act up so I'm really hoping it will hold out until I'm finished - then it will need a good service.
The front and back to date:
and I think I figured out my border problem - when I remeasured today I was smaller than when I originally measured.