Fellow sewer and blogger Lisa came last Friday to give the BSR ( Bernina's solution to quilting on a home sewing machine) a try. She told me that she owns four sewing machines but her favorite for quilting quit on her ten inches into the work. The quilt was a throw size and she really just wanted it done, finished. She simply went around circles with the BSR and then used a walking foot for the strait lines. She got a good feel for the Aurora and told me she likes it. Lisa does a lot of complicated art quilts and a stitch regulated foot like this could really be cool. On a smaller quilt it's easy to grab the fabric well and have good control over the design, on a larger one, bed size even throw size all I can do is meander, any thing else is less than stellar regardless of the machine, but that is not absolutely true for everyone.
I invited her to come back for more quilting, chatting and considering the many ways to say 'peony'.
Since the machine stayed on the living room table, I got a start on the batik quilt and discovered another trick to combat a meddling baby. It's possible to sew without a pedal, with the stop/start button and the speed slider. Eureka! nothing on the floor for Finn to wrestle with and four blocks done! There is a slight learning curve though mostly because I felt that I had nothing to do and stoppped paying attention hence unpicking.... But still I felt pretty smug about finding this to be so convinient, and getting some blocks done.
So far 48-12= 36 blocks to go, makes me a little ill thinking about it.