The biggest tragedies that occurred this weekend included sewing over my own finger ,(that hurt a lot and the F word did make an appearance briefly by popular demand) sewing my glove to my quilt twice (I'm probably lucky that my hands are small and my gloves are medium or I might have run over my finger with the needle more than once) and breaking a needle at which point I also used two rather rude words then that started with M and F. But even those blips couldn't sway me from my mission: to crack FM quilting, regardless of any obstacles the universe threw in my path.
I sat down at my machine, with no procrastinating, and no drinking (I really was kidding about drunk sewing), although I did stop at lunchtime today to inhale half a block of Haigh's Orange chocolate and I just kept telling myself over and over "You can do it!"
The power of positive thinking is amazing. And while the end result isn't perfect - its perfect enough for me and for a first attempt. I can only get better from here and it did wonders for my self confidence. I'm actually thrilled, because I finished the whole quilt. I'm in the process of sewing the binding down to the back of the quilt and I'll show you the whole shebang when that's done but I couldn't wait to show you some snippets.
One of the things that I think really helped was having a Bernina machine with BSR. I changed over from an old Janome machine to the Bernina last November and deliberately bought a machine with BSR . I'm fairly certain that was a massive help too. I just set it to foot free sewing so I only had to worry about what my hands were doing ( and still managed to run over my finger !) I think I broke the "I cant FM quilt" hoodoo well and truly and I'll definitely try something else now that I know what the machine ( and I) are capable of.
You can see Terri's weekend effort at her blog here. I'm so grateful to Terri for her support and for being my FM quilting buddy this weekend, and to all of you for your encouragement, tips and comments. I think you were all sending positive vibes out into the universe and that's what pushed me over the line.
I'll be back to announce the winner of my giveaway tonight Australian Central Standard Time. Good Luck to everyone!