1. My hands aren't big enough or strong enough. :( I need to work harder than some people do. That's all. I have a good work ethic. I can make this happen. But this is one time I wish I was bigger. Well, just my hands.
2. Without a stitch regulator my stitches will probably never be the same length. I can't afford to buy another machine. I need to practice more. They're getting better with every quilt I practice on.
3. I know why some people use bicycle clips. I don't have any. I'll be looking for them next time I go out. Maybe there's something here that would work like that....nope, scrunchies aren't strong enough, rubber bands aren't big enough. Who knew you could break a scrunchie?
4. My Magic Slider slid all over the machine so it got stitched to the quilt. After removing it I tried taping it in place. My quilt hung on the tape. There's obviously more to this free motion quilting than anyone has told me. Yet. I need to ask more questions.
5. I tried my machine all the way up on the table, and down level with the table. Didn't matter. It still hangs on the edges. Will bicycle clips solve that?
6. I don't mind that my spirals are wonky. This is a child's quilt and they look like the pathway Family Circus shows on that cartoon sometimes, you know when the child gets called in for supper and walks all over the neighborhood before making it home. It makes me smile. :)
7. I try to go too fast - I move the fabric too fast. Slower is better. There should be a speed limit. Not that I'd move the fabric under the limit. I don't drive under the limit, what makes me think I'd do any better with fabric?
8. You can't watch tv when you're learning to free motion quilt. Or eat. Or talk on the phone. Maybe later when I'm better at this.
9. When I put my hands too far apart I lose control. Losing control makes knobs and spikes. This could be a new pattern I've invented.
10. When I wash it and it shrinks and gets all soft and cuddly I bet I don't notice the wonky spirals. And if I do, they'll still make me smile.
11. I can tell my quilting friends that this pattern is called A Drunk Monkey because it looks like a drunk monkey did it. :)
12. Done is good.