Having experimented on the test piece I felt ready to tackle the actual project. Going freehand with machine quilting is very liberating and also a bit intimidating at first. Telling myself to let go of my perfectionist tendencies and just let the stitches flow for this project was hard initially. Once I got over seeing the flaws or jerky looking bits, I really got into the quilting.
Sadly my quilting thread ran out before the completion of my project. That's the trouble with freehand quilting. I always use more thread than I think I will. This time it meant that I was caught short and since I'm not inclined to pick out the stitches I made in red and then re-quilt it all with white ('cause I have plenty of white thread onhand, doncha know ;o), I need to get more red thread to finish this up. Now the debate is - should I run down to the fabric store and pay more for the thread and have it right away... or wait and order thread for less online with a friend? Tough choice, isn't it?