Now, before I reveal my work, I have to admit it was probably not a great idea to have my first freemotion adventure on a big quilt like this one. Some people start out with some placemats or oven mitts, or even a lapquilt- why did I jump into the deep end? Because it just seemed right.
My strategy was to get a little practice on a few scraps, then, since I am using brown thread to quilt, start with the darker blocks first- that way, the crappiest FMQ might be less noticable :)
What I have found most difficult with my machine (Singer 301a with original table) is managing/supporting the bulk of the quilt as I work. The fold-out table top helps, but it seems I need three hands to keep the extra fabric supported while at the same time trying to keep a consistent "flow", allowing me to have a somewhat regular stitch length and round loops in my pattern. I have seen some people use silicone spray on their tables to keep the fabric sliding smoothly on the table, but my suspicion is that it's not the equiptment- it's me. Hopefully after a few more blocks I will get into a rhythm!
Oh, and my mother-in-law arrives tomorrow, so I guess it's time to concoct a lie to cover up the surprise- like this quilt is for my mom. Yeah, that's the ticket!