I just read something that has scared the willies outta me! Turns out that when you quilt a batik the needle actually punctures the fabric rather than having the fabric weave move aside for the needle. Basically, you are punching holes in the fabric and generally those holes remain in the fabric if you have to remove stitches. Additionally, the holes have abrasive edges so that the thread breaks easily as is is being "shredded" by the hole edges.
I love this quilt. The fabric I chose is perfect for my son and daughter-in-law. I am going to be so upset if it turns into a rag because of the quilting.
The suggestion was to slow down with the long arm and loosen the fabric tension. If y'all hear a lot of screaming coming from the East Coast later today, that will be me.