So I dug up some muslin and scraps of batting and started to practice quilting by machine. It's not really quilting though is it? It's basically stitching through three layers of fabric. So, I stuck on my "stitch-in-the-ditch" foot on my Pfaff which has never been used even though it's been part of my sewing arsenal for over a year, asked the heavens to smile upon me and...it's easy! Ok, so you have to go slower, use a bigger stitch size and at the beginning take your time taking the first stitch back and forth three times to anchor it. Take a deep breath, relax, and let the machine do it's thing!
Thought it would be a big learning curve, but admittedly, it wasn't as bad as it seemed. Visions of my machine eating fabric, bunching threads, bending needles....all for naught. Silly rabbit!
I'll finish up this little block just to get the feel in my fingers and then pull out the quilt - or perhaps I'll make a sample log block and practice on that to see what it will look like? Depends on the amount of patience and confidence I have.
Now that the mountain has been made into a molehill, it's time to take a break and have a nice relaxing walk with Darwin.