Thanks to everyone who gave me quilting tips. I really wanted the yarn look. And I never knew that there were grippy things to help pull the yarn through. That makes me feel a little better about my weak arms. And I didn't have my quilt pulled tight, so I am sure that was another part, besides using fleece. all small factors making it worse than it needed to be.
But my girls have been sleeping through the night now that they are warm and that is worth all the struggle that went into it.
***I just finished taking pictures of the fort. So stay tuned for the post I have been talking about for months now.