Hmmm maybe "new" is the wrong word- my new machine dates from the 1950's!
Its a beautiful beautiful Elna Supermatic.
It may sound as if there is a lawnmower in the room and I may have to rethink the fact that my sewing machine lives in the room next door to Rascal's bedroom, but it does the most amazingly neat stitches and free motion quilting with it is a dream compared to my toyota machine.
Today I gave my machine a test run.
I took out my paper pieced swan block and decided to practise some free motion quilting.
I really enjoyed creating the textures that were so sorely missing from the fabrics that I chose. I'm actually pretty pleased with the results! The variegated thread worked really well (thanks Kirsty for the suggestion) and the stitching gets better as I got further into the block.
Now, here's my question... I was initially planning on quilting in some feather texture in the swan, but now that I have got this far I quite like the clean uncluttered swan amidst the quilted waves- what do you think? Should I call it a day for my quilting on this block, or should I go for it with the swan?
I'm still pretty new to this quilting lark and really value your feedback!