First, the paper practice was tracing--and since I have hand issues already, it was actually painful to grip even my 'fat pen.' (This is one reason I am moving away from hand quilting and working to master machine quilting.)
I abandoned this exercise and used my dry-erase board instead.
Then it was time to move to the machine. I used Bottom Line thread in a pale blue. The grid was marked with a pink ceramic pen. I expected to be more successful, since I've quilted spirals in the past.
It was very difficult to relax and find a rhythm. I was also surprised to see that the larger spirals were coming out better than the small ones; usually I find small designs are more easily controlled.
When I looked back at some previous practice pieces, I could see plenty of imperfections, but the spirals done with the grid do not look significantly better.
I do see more practice in my future.... and I won't give up on the grid idea. I've been away from the sewing machine for two weeks; rust seems to build up very quickly!
Thanksgiving preparations will keep me away from my quilting, even though the distraction of the election is now past. Wishing everyone a happy holiday!