It meant that yesterday I had to move all the furniture out of my dining room, and I had to wash the floors - I hate doing that. However this gave me a large hard flat surface to work on.
Did it work? Yes, I am pleased to say it did. I think that the main problem on Tuesday was that I was doing it on carpet and possibly, because the backing fabric is a cotton poplin, it may have been a bit slipperier than quilting cotton. Lesson learnt. All going well I can start quilting it this weekend.