Well... the long(arm) and the short(arm) of the story is that, because hubby MUST have internet access for business purposes, we had to relocate as we awaited the fix. It was a long 5 weeks, let me tell you.
But finally service was restored, and I've begun waltzing with "Matilda" (my name for the long arm machine).
Oh my... big learning curve.
But I'm coming along.
I prepared a few "sacrificial" projects (ie: things that I wouldn't curl up and die over if they didn't turn out), and have been playing. The first one to go was the smallish purple log-cabin I mentioned in this post: . It's made up of very cheap jelly-roll fabric from Spotlight (which I got at clearance prices).
And here's how it went:
First, I placed the backing fabric on the machine, right side down.
OK... now see the backing pinned to the leader cloths (below) before I tighten the bars:
Once I've anchored the top of the quilt by basting through the top/batting/backing on one end, I baste the sides to secure them (topic for another post, I think).
And away we go. I practiced quite a bit to get my free motion "swirlies" right - but if you doubleclick the image below, I think you'll agree I did OK.
And much thanks to faithful friend Jen - who email'd me to remind me I'd not updated my blog this week as I'm supposed to.